FRESNO, Calif. — Giovanni Scelzi is teaming up with Clauson-Marshall Racing to tackle the Junior Knepper 55 this Saturday.
The USAC National Midget Series event at the Southern Illinois Center in DuQuoin, Ill. will mark Scelzi’s debut with the team and will be his second career midget event.
Scelzi charged from seventh to second place in a heat race before being caught up in a race-ending wreck during a feature on May 21, 2016 at California’s Ventura Raceway. That race marked his lone midget start to-date, driving for veteran Cory Kruseman.
“It feels like a faster non-wing micro,” Scelzi said of racing a midget. “It’s slower than what I’m used to in a sprint car, so hopefully it will be a quick transition. There will be 50 or 60 cars there this weekend, so if I can put it in the show that’d be huge.”
The opportunity to drive for one of the premier midget organizations is also a big deal, Scelzi added.
“Their cars win all of the time,” he said. “I know they are good pieces. Hopefully I can learn from Tim (Clauson) and all of the good drivers on that team.”
Scelzi is coming off a stellar season during only his second year racing a winged sprint car. He won five races and finished second in the King of the West-NARC Fujitsu Series championship, only one point shy of winning the title.
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