Ortiz Hoping to Duplicate 2012’s Second Half Success

This weekend’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Iowa Speedway presents an opportunity for Bryan Ortiz to grow as a racer. The Bayamon, Puerto Rico native did as much last season, jumping almost 3.5 positions in average finish from the first half of the season (11.1) to the second half (7.7). This year’s second-half slate contains several tracks that offer Ortiz a serious chance at success.

 

Last season, he finished sixth or better at New Hampshire, Dover and Greenville, which all are all included in the back half of this year’s schedule. Also included are the road courses at Virginia International Raceway and Road Atlanta. A champion Formula Renault racer and driver in Grand-Am’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge – which included a race at VIR – Ortiz has accumulated extensive road course racing experience.

 

Ortiz looks to begin a stellar stretch of races this weekend, driving the No. 4 L&M Ethanol Maintenance and Contracting Toyota Camry for Rev Racing at Iowa. He currently sits 12th in the K&N East point standings, 11 points out of 10th.

 

Bryan Ortiz, on racing at Iowa… “Our last outing at Iowa (finishing 10th among K&N East drivers) wasn’t what it needed to be. I believe we’ve improved a lot as a team since then. It’s always a tough race there when you mix in the drivers from the West Series, but I think we’re definitely capable of getting a better finish this time out.”

 

A cameo appearance in Super Late Models… Ortiz recently made his Super Late Model debut at the prestigious Milwaukee Mile. Driving for car owner Richie Wauters, he qualified 25th out of 60 drivers into the Howie Lettow Memorial 150. He climbed into the top 15 before driving through oil and looping his car around on lap 67. He suffered minimum damage, but the repairs and laps lost saddled him with a 27th-place finish.

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