MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Richard Petty Motorsports announced Friday that development driver Thad Moffitt will partner with Performance Plus Motor Oil for two ARCA Racing Series short track events this season.
Moffitt will compete at Toledo Speedway on May 21 and at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis on July 21.
Performance Plus will also be an associate sponsor of Moffitt and Empire Racing Group for the remainder of the year in NASCAR late model competition.
Moffitt, the grandson of seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Richard Petty, made his first ARCA start earlier this year at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, finishing 16th in an Empire-prepared car.
Empire will once again field the No. 46 Ford for Moffitt and Performance Plus, beginning next weekend, with additional support from Transportation Impact, Hostetler Ranch and Jacob Companies.
Moffitt, who won last year’s Southeast Limited Late Model Series Challenger division championship, will travel to Toledo for the first time on Sunday to test the ARCA car in preparation for the Toledo event.
“Thad comes from one of the best families this sport has ever seen or known,” said Chuck Galmarini, Senior Vice President, Performance Plus Sales. “We want to make sure that he has the best products supporting him as he continues to climb the racing ladder, and that’s why we wanted to back his efforts. We are looking forward to our relationship with Thad and the entire Petty family.”
The 16-year-old native of Trinity, N.C. started racing in go-karts and quarter midgets before moving to limited late models last year. A high school sophomore, Moffitt grew up going to the track with his grandfather and watching his uncle Kyle race.
After his first ARCA race, he’s ready to continue to gain more experience.
“I learned a lot during my first ARCA race, and I’m pretty excited and thankful that Performance Plus Motor Oil has partnered with us to come back to the series again,” said Moffitt. “Everyone at Performance Plus has been great to work with and I want to do a good job for them. But, we know that it’s all about getting more experience and trying to get a solid finish. We’re going to test this weekend at Toledo and I know we’ll be ready for both races. I’m really looking forward to this summer.”
CREDIT: Richard Petty Motorsports