ELWOOD, Ind. — Elwood C.A.R.E.S. and Goacher Racing have announced a driver change for the 70th running of the Pay Less Little 500 presented by UAW-GM at Indiana’s Anderson Speedway, with Kevin Thomas Jr. now set to pilot the No. 7G sprint car.
Thomas will be part of a two-car Goacher Racing team for the 500-lap crown jewel event, joining two-time champion Chris Windom. The race will be his first-career time on pavement in his open-wheel career.
“We are excited to welcome Kevin Thomas Jr. to the Goacher Racing/Elwood C.A.R.E.S. Team,” said team owner Jason Goacher. “Kevin Thomas Jr. has been one of the best race car drivers in the country over the past couple years. We are excited for him to join the team and compete alongside Chris Windom.”
“I am excited to drive for Jason and the team,” added Thomas. “They always bring fast and reliable race cars for the Little 500. I am excited to get in a pavement sprint car and take on a new challenge. This will be my first experience in a pavement open wheel car. My goal is to make no mistakes and focus on making clean pit stops. I attended my first Little 500 a couple years ago and really was impressed with the atmosphere and big crowd.”
Mitchell, Indiana’s Chase Briscoe was originally announced as the driver of the Heart of Hoosierland Special, but a conflict will prevent him from driving the car in May.
“Chase Briscoe won’t be driving for Goacher Racing in the Little 500,” explained Goacher. “Chase was very excited about driving in the Little 500, but an opportunity arose that he couldn’t pass up. Our hope is to have Chase drive for the team in the future.”
The City of Elwood, Indiana is sponsoring Goacher Racing for the first time in 2018. The local businesses through Elwood C.A.R.E.S. are joining together to provide sponsorship for the Heart of Hooiserland Special.
“I see this as a great opportunity to showcase our community to the country,” added Elwood, Indiana mayor Todd Jones. “With this being the largest single day sporting event in Madison County, it is an honor to root for a car and driver representing the great businesses of our city.”
Thomas made two ARCA starts in 2016, scoring a best finish of seventh at Daytona Int’l Speedway. He transitioned back to non-wing sprint car racing and won 13 non-wing sprint car races later that year, making him the winningest non-wing driver in the United States for that season.
The Cullman, Alabama native is coming off an impressive 2017 USAC Sprint Car season, where he captured both the Indiana Sprint Week championship and the prestigious Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway. His streak of great finishes has carried over into the new year, with finishes of second, third and 4th place finishes at the USAC Winter Dirt Games during February.
Along with driving for Goacher Racing in the 70th Pay Less Little 500 presented by UAW-GM, Thomas will contest the full season in both the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series (Hoffman Auto Racing) and the USAC National Midget Series (Petry/Goff Motorsports).
CREDIT: Anderson Speedway