Mississauga, Ontario –With the Motorama Expo in full swing, here is a rapid recap of the huge Micks Motorsport announcement.
Mark Dilley Announces Return to Full-Time Racing
The first, and perhaps bigges, of multiple announcements came in the form of Mark Dilley’s return to full-time competition with a brand new re-numbered No.64 Leland Industries Ford Fusion. The 50-year-old driver from Barrie, Ontario, has three wins in 112 NASCAR Pinty’s Series starts. With his most recent win coming at the 2011 Wild Wing 300 at Barrie Speedway.
The 2019 campaign will mark Dilley’s sixth full-time season and first since 2011. For Dilley racing with the No.64 is more than just a number.
“I was No.64 when I started racing back in ’83, I ran No.64 up until 2004. Then after 21 years I changed it to No.9 for the Dodge folk, and then when Kerry and I ran the No.02” said Dilley. “NASCAR racing is something I’ve always wanted to get back to, and I missed the No.64, so I’m hoping it’ll bring us some luck in the future.”
In addition to the renewed partnership with Leland Industries, joining the team are new sponsors Watson Building, HOLR Magazine, The Rinomato Group and Sharkbite Plumbing to help complete Dilley’s full season calendar.
T.J Rinomato to make NASCAR Debut at CTMP
Rookie T.J Rinomato announced today that he will make a four-race schedule driving the legendary No.02 Ford Fusion at both CTMP events, Toronto and Trois-Rivieres.
The 49-year-old rookie from Toronto, Ontario is a co-owner of Sunset Speedway with Dilley and is very excited to get behind the wheel on the road courses this season.
“I’m so elated, this is my first big chance to get around the track.” said Rinomato. “Mark said that we are going to run you in a couple races and I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited, I went to down to the states and ran a couple races there, got licenced and I’m very excited to get on the road courses this year”
Micks Motorsports Announces New Driver Development Program
With a commitment to developing driver talent in Canada, Mick Motorsports announced a new plan that will help these young drivers get their shot down south. This plan aims to support five teams in 2020 before bumping the total to eight in 2021.
“We working towards in 2020 having five teams to help bring kids up and through,” said Dilley “It’s very excited for the younger generation and for Canadian racers to partner with them, manage them and sponsor them and try to at least get them some guidance heading up.”
For 2019, in addition to Dilley’s full-time effort, Micks Motorsports plans on a part time car for Rinomato with a potential to run up to two more part-time cars. Micks Motorsports will be back on track for the 2019 season opener May 21 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
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