Mooresville, NC (September 27, 2021) – Sam Hunt Racing (SHR) announced today that 23-year-old Santino Ferrucci will make his superspeedway debut this Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway in the Sparks 300 at Talladega. Ferrucci, who made is NXS debut earlier this season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, will be piloting the No. 26 Hy-Vee/Palermo’s Screamin’Sicilian Pizza Co. Toyota Supra around the 2.5-mile track.
“I am super excited to back behind the wheel of the No. 26 Sam Hunt Racing Toyota Supra this weekend at Talladega,” said Santino Ferrucci. “A big thank you to Hy-Vee and Palermo’s Pizza for making this happen. We are going to do our best to bring the Screamin’ Sicilian home on top this Saturday.”
Ferrucci has made six previous starts in the NXS in 2021 with Sam Hunt Racing. He has gained valuable experience on short tracks and 1.5-mile speedways — racking up four top-15 finishes in those six events. Ferrucci sets his sight on his superspeedway debut this coming Saturday.
“I am excited to be on my first superspeedway, and I’m especially excited that it’s Talladega,” said Ferrucci. “I’ve never been on a restrictor plate track before, so I’m studying and learning as much as I can heading into it. I’m hoping that I have a ton of fun and that I get to enjoy plenty of drafting and close racing.”
No. 26 Hy-Vee/Palermo’s Screamin’Sicilian Pizza Co. Toyota Supra
“We’re all extremely excited to get Santino back in our car,” said Sam Hunt, the 28-year-old team owner of SHR. “He’s been working hard on sponsorship, and I’m so glad we were able to put this together and get him his first superspeedway start. He’s an exciting driver, as we all know. It is going to be exciting, and it’s going to be a great day of learning for him.”
The Sparks 300 at Talladega is set to begin at 4:30pm ET on Saturday, October 2. The race will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Network and the Motor Racing Network.
About Sam Hunt Racing: Sam Hunt Racing (SHR) is owned and operated by 28-year-old Sam Hunt, a former competitor in the NASCAR ARCA Menards Series (previously known as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East). Hunt, who raced throughout his college career, opened the doors to SHR upon graduation from VCU in the Fall of 2017. SHR operated as an ARCA Menards East Series team from 2017-2019. In late 2019, SHR became a NASCAR Xfinity Series operation, making its first start in the series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 2020 season — a part-time effort for the team — proved to be a promising year of growth and development. In 2021, SHR began a partnership with Toyota Racing Development (TRD) and has fielded entries for Toyota Racing drivers like Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series champion Brandon Gdovic, IndyCar Racing Series star Santino Ferrucci, former NASCAR Cup Series driver and current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor John Hunter Nemechek, in addition to allowing rookies like Will Rodgers, Kris Wright, Dylan Lupton, and Colin Garrett showcase their talents in one of NASCAR’s top series.
About Hy-Vee, Inc.: Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 280 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $11 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s more than 86,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com
About Toyota Racing: Toyota has been a part of the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2007 and will compete in their 500th event in the series later this season. They drove to their first Xfinity Series win with the late Jason Leffler in 2007, and have since scored over 170 victories and multiple driver and owner championships. Since 2019, Toyota has campaigned the Toyota Supra body in the Xfinity Series to much success. Toyota supports two teams in the Xfinity Series – Joe Gibbs Racing and Sam Hunt Racing – and supplies them with several tools to support their efforts to win races and compete for titles.
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