Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Josh Bilicki to Run Cup Road Course Events
The list of road course ringers for 2017 has begun, with Rick Ware Racing announcing Josh Bilicki will race at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
“Words can’t describe how excited I am to be making my NASCAR Monster Energy Cup debut with Rick Ware Racing,” said Bilicki. “First, I can’t thank Rick enough for giving me this opportunity to get behind the wheel of the No. 51 RWR Chevrolet. Rick, like myself, comes from a road course background, so I feel like this is a very natural fit.
“I’ve been around the team for several of this season’s Cup races and the team is very impressive and are improving every week. I hope to earn some respect from my competitors and turn heads in the process.”
A Wisconsin native, Bilicki honed his skills in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), TA2 Series, NASA Pro Racing, among others, before his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut last season.
“I’ve worked a long time with the dream to compete in NASCAR,” Bilicki added. “We have some reasonable goals and expectations. If we’re able to accomplish those, we’ll leave the track feeling like we scored the victory. I’m still learning a lot about these stock cars, but I’m hoping my road course instincts will allow us a chance to exceed our hopes.”
This year marks Rick Ware Racing’s first year in Cup since their premiere series debut in 2012. Thus far, Timmy Hill and Cody Ware have ran the first six races of 2017.
“I’ve been around a lot of road course drivers and you either have it or you don’t,” Ware said. “He does. I’ve been fortunate enough to watch Josh compete on occasion and I think he’s going to impress people with not only his patience, but his car control and for getting an extra position or two from a performance standpoint.
“We’re hoping Josh can help give us a solid overview of our road course program and makes us better for 2018 and beyond.”
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