30th Season for Venturini Motorsports
(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - February 14, 2012) - Saturday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway will open the 30th Anniversary Season for Venturini Motorsports competing in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, making the team the longest tenured in the series.
The anniversary celebration will last throughout the year and will be highlighted at the July 19-21 race event at Chicagoland Speedway.
It's during the Chicago race weekend that Venturini will reunite the famous "Ultra Blue Crew" (pictured) to commemorate the anniversary. The "Ultra Blue Crew" is credited as being the first all-female pit crew in professional motorsports.
Far from a publicity stunt, the all-female pit crew led by Bill's wife, Cathy, was used exclusively in 1987 and played a major role in helping Bill Venturini win his first ARCA national championship that same year.
The female pit crew was originally organized (1987-1989) to help promote Venturini's team sponsor, Permatex, and their newly-released Silicon Gasket products.
The unique and energetic "Ultra Blue Crew" gained national media recognition and was featured in Sports Illustrated and on ESPN and "The George Michael Sports Machine."
Over the years, the name Venturini has become synonymous with modern-day stock car racing in America.
Today, Venturini Motorsports - fielding cars in the ARCA Racing Series - has become one of the premier driver development programs in the country.
The legacy was born over six decades ago when Tony Venturini began racing stock cars in the 1950s at historic Soldier Field in Chicago. Tony, considered one of the early pioneers in the sport, competed with legendary NASCAR drivers like ‘Tiger' Tom Pistone and Freddy Lorenzen.
More than any other sport, automobile racing tends to breed generations of racers. Case in point: Bill Venturini Sr., following in his father's footsteps, dedicated his life to racing and took the family pastime to new levels. Bill's competitiveness and passion for racing started in the 1970's. With a dream and tireless dedication to succeed, Bill catapulted his career to the highest levels of stock car racing.
As a former NASCAR driver and two-time ARCA Racing Series champion (1987, 1991), Bill has cemented his place in motorsports history on and off the track.
With numerous racing accomplishments, including ARCA Rookie of the Year honors in 1983, Bill Venturini still holds the all-time qualifying records at Daytona International Speedway (200.209 mph) and at Talladega Superspeedway (205.432 mph).
Taking the reins from his father Bill is third-generation driver and owner Billy Venturini. Billy (pictured in 2003) jumped behind the wheel in 1994 and competed in the ARCA Racing Series for over 10 years.
Proving you don't have to be one of the boys, Bill Sr.'s daughter, Wendy Venturini, is an award-winning broadcaster for SPEED, co-hosting the No. 1 rated show on SPEED, NASCAR Race Day Live.
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