FONTANA, Calif. – Julia Landauer will join Bob Bruncati’s Sunrise Ford Racing Team for the upcoming NASCAR K&N Pro West Series season.
This will be Landauer’s second K&N Pro Series West season. Last year she drove for Bill McAnally Racing, finishing the second ranked fourth in the series standings.
“I’m really excited to take all I learned in 2016 and make a run for the championship in 2017 with Bob [Bruncati] and the Sunrise Team,” Landauer said. “It was a privilege to race for Bill McAnally Racing last year and I’m grateful to get another opportunity to compete for a championship-winning team again in 2017.”
In 2016, Landauer earned seven top-five finishes and 13 top-10 finishes to finish fourth in the final series standings, the highest finish for a female in the 62-year history of the series.
A member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next Class, Landauer was recently named by Forbes Magazine on its Sports 30 Under 30, a list of the “brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers.”
“I am excited that Julia chose my team to advance her racing career. I know together we will win some races in 2017,” said team owner Bob Bruncati.
Four-time K&N West champion crew chief Bill Sedgwick will serve as Landauer’s crew chief for 2017. Landauer will drive the No. 6 car throughout the year.
Bruncati’s drivers won K&N Pro West titles in 2009 (Jason Bowles) and 2013 (Derek Thorn), while drivers for the southern California-based team finished second and eighth in the K&N Pro West championship last year.