Just four years ago, Ricky Ehrgott suffered life-threatening injuries while driving a midget at Kokomo Speedway in Indiana, during his months of recovery, the Florida native was not sure if he would every return to the sport he was passionate about. After successful surgery, Ricky utilized his recovery time by finishing his college degree. In December of 2012, he graduated from Fordham University in New York City.
Economics degree in-hand Ehrgott set out to get behind the wheel again, driving in two ARCA races last fall.
This season Ricky has two top-ten finishes in the ARCA series including an impressive third place run at the season opener at Daytona, followed by a ninth place finish at Talladega. This Saturday Ehrgott will take the next step in his racing career, getting behind the wheel of the SS Green Light Racing No. 81 Toyota in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 125 at the Pocono Raceway.
Platinum Wealth Partners and Rev1 Power Services will be backing Ehrgott’s foray into the world of NASCAR racing.
Ehrgott began his racing career in 2005 in the United States Auto Club (USAC) running in Focus Midgets, by the time he graduated high school, he was running full-time competing for wins weekly at the national level before the fated flip sidetracked racing for his education.
“This year is kind of my rebuilding year after I got hurt in 2009 and had to have surgery, so I took some time off to finish school so I’m coming back and trying to get back into it. I guess you could say it’s my comeback year,” Ehrgott said. “It was kind of a blessing in disguise as it forced me to get my education and I am learning to use it to help develop relationships with sponsors. It has helped me to develop my relationship with Dave Potter at Platinum Wealth Partners as an advisor and brand ambassador for Platinum.”
“I’m excited because this is my first truck race, it’s the next step for me,” he continued. “We are going to try to do a few more this year with a focus on running full-time next year.”
“My first race was actually the 1999 Indianapolis 500. That was when I realized what I really wanted to do. That was the year Tony Stewart ran the double-duty, I was just blown away by what I saw.”
“This will be my first trip to Pocono, but I have run at Kansas, Daytona and Talladega so I have some experience on the larger tracks,” Ehrgott concluded. “My goal for this week is keep the truck in one piece, to learn as much as I possibly can and to try to salvage a top-ten finish.”
The Pocono Mountains 125 is the 303rd consecutive NCWTS start for the SS Green Light Racing team and the 1st career start for Ehrgott in the Truck Series. Veteran crew chief Brian Berry will oversee Ehrgott’s debut in the NCWTS from atop the SS Green Light Racing pit box.
Practice for the Pocono Mountains 125 will be Friday, August 2nd from 9:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. On Sautrday, August 3rd. there will be two laps of qualifying at 10:00 a.m. with the green flag flying for the Pocono Mountains 125 at 1:00 p.m. All times Eastern. The race will be shown live on SPEED TV and will also be broadcast live via on the Motor Racing Network and on SIRIUSXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
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