CHINA GROVE, N.C. — official team release —
National Auto Sport Association (NASA) sports car driver Brian Henderson has signed a two-race deal to compete with Rick Gdovic’s Precision Performance Motorsports team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, driving the No. 46 Chevrolet SS.
Henderson will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut at Virginia International Raceway in the Biscuitville 125 on Saturday, April 30, and then will return to the race car for a start at Dominion Raceway in the ComServe Wireless Memorial Day Classic on Monday, May 30.
The 18-year-old Virginia-native is new to the NASCAR touring series, but he is no rookie to motorsports. He has been racing since the age of five, winning his first karting championship a year later at King George Speedway. Henderson raced multiple divisions in the World Karting Association and Virginia Dirt Karting Association from 2005 to 2012, winning multiple races, poles, and a championship.
Henderson moved to road-racing in full-size cars in 2013, winning in his first race from the pole after graduating from the NASA driving school. In 2014, Henderson competed in the NASA Mid-Atlantic Series in the Spec Miata class, finishing 2nd overall and earning Rookie of the Year honors. In 2015, Henderson finished 2nd again in the Mid-Atlantic Series championship and also finished 4th in his first National event at the NASA Eastern States Championships. Henderson also gained valuable oval track experience in a Late Model Stock Car in 2015, competing in races in Virginia and North Carolina earning multiple top-10 finishes.
Henderson, also a mechanical engineering student at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, believes his road-racing experience — especially at Virginia International Raceway — will give him an edge in his K&N Pro Series East debut. Prior to the race, Henderson and the PPM team will test at VIR on April 20th.
“I am very thankful for the opportunity to join the PPM team,” said Henderson. “I’m looking forward to working with them throughout the year. We hope to have great success at VIR, Dominion, and other tracks later this year. I’m excited to get behind the wheel!”
“We are excited to have Brian Henderson join our team and our driver development program,” said PPM General Manager Charles Denike. “With his experience at VIR, we felt that was the best race to debut at. The test will give us an opportunity to get him comfortable and acclimated in the K&N Pro Series car at a track he is already familiar with. After VIR, we will progress Brian to an oval track race at Dominion Raceway with further goals set on more road races and larger oval races.”
For more information on Brian Henderson, visit his website at www.BrianHendersonRacing.com.
CREDIT: Precision Performance Motorsports