Racers like Paul Tracy, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani, and Jacques Villneuve had made their mark in open-wheel IndyCar racing but fewer have had success in NASCAR. The Admiraal Racing team is taking a deliberate approach in climbing the NASCAR ladder.
Following the lead of competitors like JR Fitzpatrick, D.J. Kennington, Andrew Ranger, and Daryl Haar who have made the jump to NASCAR, the team will compete in a variety of stock cars this season with brothers Ian and Kelly Admiraal behind the wheel.
Ian Admiraal (19), a sophomore in college studying Business, will compete primarily in the
NASCAR Whelen All American Series at his home track of Edmonton International Raceway in search of not only the track title, but the national title as well. Through two races this season his best finish is a fourth place effort but sits solidly in the point standings.
"The season has not started how we would have liked," Admiraal said. "You put the last race behind you and move on to the next. We will push hard all season and I know we can bounce back and be in the thick of the points battle down the stretch. It is still early and we have a lot of racing to do."
For his part, Kelly Admiraal (17) will embark on a very aggressive racing schedule competing in four different series' this season. He will compete in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West part-time making select starts the rest of this season. He will also focus his attention on winning the Dakota Dunes Super Late Model championship.
The younger Admiraal brother will be a senior in high school this fall and has an impressive racing resume' that includes competition in Outlaw Karts, Sprint Cars, and Super Late Models in nine years of racing.
"This season will be nothing short of a challenge," Kelly Admiraal said. "I am extremely excited to compete in all the series' and gain a lot of experience in different cars and at different tracks. I know this will be the most fun I have ever had driving and it will definitely be a wild ride."
Fielding a team based in Edmonton and trying to gain traction in NASCAR can be challenging but the Admiraal Racing team is up to the task. "The Harr's (Carl and Daryl) have been successful in the K&N Series and Cameron Hailey has made the jump this season so we are following in their tracks," Amiraal said. "The biggest thing we need to do is learn and create a presence within the media and NASCAR community. We are up for that challenge."
The team has opened a race shop in northern California to house the NASCAR K&N Pro Series operation as well as the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series cars. "It made sense to partner with folks who have experience in the series and familiarity with these cars," Admiraal added.
Admiraal Racing is owned by Menno Admiraal, a successful business entrepreneur and owner of Western Camp Services Ltd. based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The team is lead by Driver/Director of Race Operations Ian Admiraal and supported by crew members: Theo, Badge, Daniel, Nolan, Adam, Dan and Ben. Admiraal Racing has corporate partnerships with Western Camp Services, Paradise RV, Gee & Gee Racing, and Emond Racing.
The Admiraal Racing schedule for 2012 will feature the team competing in over 24 races in four different racing series though November. For the complete schedule go to http://www.admiraalracing.com, http://hometracks.nascar.com, and http://www.racingwest.com.
About Admiraal Racing
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the Admiraal Racing team competes in a variety of racing disciplines throughout the year including circle track racing, drag racing, and ice racing. The team is owned by Menno Admiraal who also is president of Western Camp Services, the largest independently-
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