CONCORD, N.C. – Tom Hessert will return to Venturini Motorsports with an abbreviated race schedule in the ARCA Racing Series beginning with the season opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
Coming off of a career best second-place finish in last year’s ARCA Racing Series standings, Hessert will return to the series for five events in 2017. Hessert is slated to pilot Venturni’s No. 25 Toyota at Daytona Int’l Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, the Illinois State Fairgrounds, the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and the Fall Salem Speedway race.
“Although it’s going to be a different look for me this season I’m really excited to rejoin Venturini Motorsports and the 25-team,” says Hessert. “I’m not sure if it was necessarily by design but the schedule we put together includes some of my favorite tracks – tracks I’ve had a lot of success on in the past.”
Hessert, a native of Cherry Hill, N.J., has proven himself as one of the elite drivers in the ARCA Series with wins at Talladega Superspeedway, Iowa Speedway, DuQuoin dirt mile and three times at the historic Salem Speedway. A product of road racing and open-wheel midgets, Hessert is a six-time series winner with 53 top-5 and 106 top-10 finishes throughout his ARCA career.
During his first full season driving for Venturini Motorsports, Hessert doubled his career numbers earning two pole positions – Talladega Superspeedway and Berlin Raceway – and winning his sixth career victory at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds dirt mile.
“This is a great organization and we shared a lot of success together last year. Despite the scaled back schedule we’ll be strong once again. I’m ready to get things going in a couple weeks at Daytona and excited to make some new sponsorship announcements in the near future,” Hessert said.
Not ruling out a full season return in 2018, Hessert knows his partial schedule will be difficult at times.
“I race because I love it. And I’m not ruling out another full season return – but the decision to scale back this year was just a personal decision I made during the offseason. I’ve got great support from my family and everyone on the team.
“I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself. It’s probably going to drive me nuts not being inside the race car every weekend. Who knows, maybe I’ll sell more cars,” Hessert joked.
In addition to his racing career, Hessert maintains a busy schedule as general manager within his New Jersey-based family-owned Barbera’s Autoland car dealership.