ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Ryan Preece, a winner in both the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this year, will compete during the 2018 Indoor Auto Racing Series.
The Berlin, Conn., driver has teamed up with his cousin Donny Preece to run the three race series, which begins at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., on Jan. 5-6.
In past years, Preecehas been extremely fast in limited appearances racing his own TQ Midget. His couson Donny, however, has been part of one the most successful Indoor Racing Teams in history while teaming up with his close friend Ted Christopher.
Christopher, who lost his life in a plane crash on route to a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race in September, is the all-time win leader on the Indoor Auto Racing Series. Christopher drove to victory eight times while teaming with Donny Preece. That included four victories inside Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, stop two on the 2018 series on Jan. 26-27.
Donny Preece, who co-owned the TQs with Christopher, has now taken sole ownership of the two cars Christopher drove to so much success. These cars will be adapted in the coming months for Ryan Preece to chase the indoor championship with in 2018.
Driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, Ryan Preece won his first NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway during the summer months. In two other starts with the team, he finished second and fourth, including a runner-up performance in his debut to teammate Kyle Busch on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway mile.
Despite missing a NASCAR Whelen Tour event early in the season to be married, five Modified wins put Preece on top of the point standings late in the year. An offer to drive for Gibbs at a third event at Kentucky Speedway eliminated Preece’s hopes to win his second Modified Tour championship. His performance in 12 of the 14 events and the help of two substitute drivers was enough to clinch the car owner championship for Eddie and Connie Partridge.