Gio Scelzi Leaving Roth No. 83 At Season’s End

Gio Scelzi (Matt Sublett photo)

FRESNO, Calif. — Locked in a battle for the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series title with only one race remaining, Giovanni Scelzi has notified Roth Motorsports that he will not return to the team next season.

Scelzi is only three points out of the lead in the championship standings thanks to his series-leading three feature victories and four Quick Time Awards during qualifying.

“I want to thank Dennis and Teresa Roth as well as Todd Ventura and everyone associated with Roth Motorsports for a tremendous opportunity,” Scelzi said. “I’ve learned a lot and grown a lot while racing for their team. Our focus is on capturing a championship to wrap up this partnership the best way possible.”

Scelzi also has a 360ci winged sprint car triumph with the team.

“We have had great success together and want to continue to play a part in supporting Giovanni’s career,” Roth Motorsports Team Manager Todd Ventura said.

Scelzi made his sprint car debut in 2016 and raced a handful of times with Roth Motorsports that season, scoring a top 10 during all seven starts.

Scelzi, who turned 15 years old after last season ended, was a champion during his rookie campaign as he garnered the King of Kings title. That helped earn him the North American 360 Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year Award from a voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers.