Toni Breidinger has announced her plans for the 2022 season. She will race a full-time season in the ARCA Menards Series with Venturini Motorsports, beginning with the trip to Daytona International Speedway.
The ARCA Menards Series team announced the news on Jan. 13 with a press release. Venturini Motorsports confirmed Breidinger will be the full-time driver of the No. 25 Toyota Camry, having made nine starts in 2021 – split between Young’s Motorsports and Venturini Motorsports – with two top-10 finishes.
“This is a proud moment not only for me but also for my family. I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to drive my first full season in NASCAR’s ARCA with Venturini Motorsports and Toyota,” said Breidinger, the first Arab-American driver to compete in NASCAR.
“I’ve worked my whole life to get to this point in my career. It has taken a lot of hard work and support from countless people. Racing is a business. It takes more than just desire. I really can’t thank my supporters and business partners enough for believing and giving me the support to get me to this stage. I still have a lot of work to do but I am ready to start this season at Daytona.”
The press release confirmed that two of Breidinger’s partners will support her during her first full-time season. She is primarily sponsored by Hairclub and Pit Viper Sunglasses.
Pit Viper, the brand known for PT Cruiser racing and other unique competitions, is a more recent addition to Breidinger’s partner roster. The company joined Breidinger for some of the later races in the 2021 schedule and agreed to return for the 2022 season.
In addition to the upcoming season of the ARCA Menards Series, the partnership also included a different type of competition. Breidinger drove to the ERX Motor Park in Minnesota, site of the second round of the Nitro Rallycross season. She participated in the Pit Viper Happy Hour, which featured a race between gutted minivans.
Breidinger started on the front row, but her minivan didn’t survive the foray onto the NRX course. She eventually ended the race early and had to be towed back to the parking lot.
The Venturini Motorsports line-up will feature a sizeable roster of drivers during the 2022 ARCA Menards Series season. Breidinger will run full-time in the #25, while other part-time schedules will run in the other entries.
Gus Dean, a two-time winner of the series, will return to Venturini Motorsports for at least three races. He will make his season debut at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2022 while driving the #55 entry.
“It’s great to have Gus with us,” Venturini Motorsports’ Billy Venturini said in a statement. “We’ve raced him as a competitor for years and it’s great to finally have him under our banner this year. With his experience and Venturini Motorsports success on superspeedways, we believe we have a wonderful chance to reach Victory Lane!”
Additionally, West Series Champion Jesse Love and ARCA Menards Series runner-up Corey Heim will join forces in the 2022 season. They will share the No. 20 Toyota with Love, who has taken 14 of the 20 starts while continuing to gain experience in the top ARCA series.
The roster of drivers includes 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Champion Parker Chase, six-time winner Tom Hessert, 16-year-old Jonathan Shafer, 15-year-old Conner Jones and 16-year-old Landon Pembelton. These drivers will all work part-time during the 2022 campaign.
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