DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ryan Partridge will get another shot at winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship.
The 28-year-old from Rancho Cucamonga, California, will return to Sunrise Ford Racing for a third season in the K&N Pro Series West.
“I’m ecstatic to return to Sunrise Ford Racing,” Partridge said. “Sunrise Ford Racing is the best its ever been. At least since I’ve been there.”
Partridge has had quite a successful run the past two years, earning four wins, six Coors Light Pole Awards, 16 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes as well as competing for the championship title both seasons.
Partridge and his No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford raced their way to their best series career finish last season with their second place finish in the K&N Pro Series West championship season after tallying three wins, five poles, 10 top fives and 13 top 10s.
“The past two seasons have been nothing short of an absolute ride,” said Partridge. “I’ve been racing my entire life and to be able to compete in the K&N Pro Series West with Sunrise Ford Racing has been a blessing.
“It’s been tough and really competitive. Despite falling short the past two years, my team has jived really well and I’m happy to continue working with them.”
“I feel like everything happens for a reason, Bob [Bruncati] usually only gives three year deals, so this could be a blessing in disguise.”
Partridge will have a new teammate behind the wheel of the No. 6 Sunrise Ford/Eibach Springs/Lucas Oil Ford this season, Julia Landauer.
“I’m excited to work with her this season,” Partridge said. “It’s a good program for her. She’s at the tip of the iceberg and I feel like having her in our program will give her the tools and attention she needs to win.”
After being so close to the championship trophy the past two years, Partridge and his team are taking a different approach in the 2017 season.
“It was tough last year,” he said. “We thought we had a good strategy and consistency. But that No. 16 car was strong and we ended up needing to win every race for a shot at the title.
“This year we’re going out with that now or never mentality and we’re going to race every race like it’s our last. We’re going to leave it all out there on the track and see what happens.”
Partridge will be back behind the wheel on March 18 at Arizona’s Tucson Speedway when the K&N Pro Series West kicks off its 2017 season.
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