NXS: Ty Majeski Ready for XFINITY Series Debut at Iowa Speedway
Ty Majeski, a 22-year old racer from Seymour, Wisconsin, will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut on Saturday at the 0.875-mile Iowa Speedway for Roush Fenway Racing. The young star will pilot the No. 60 Ford with sponsorship from IRacing.com.
Majeski made numerous starts in the ARCA Racing Series over the last two seasons. He scored his best finish of fourth in his debut in June of 2016 at Madison International Speedway. In six ARCA starts, Majeski holds one top five and four top 10 finishes.
Majeski is no stranger to the world of racing. The young driver captured three consecutive ARCA Midwest Tour championships in 2014, 2015, and 2016. During that stretch, Majeski scored a combined total of 13 victories, 22 top five and 27 top 10 finishes through 31 events.
“Well we had the luxury of going out to test at Iowa Speedway few weeks ago. As you know in NASCAR, testing is really limited, so to have a rookie test for Roush Fenway Racing was big for the whole team,” said Majeski when SpeedwayDigest.com asked what he has done to prepare for his NASCAR debut. “It’s really critical that we utilize the time wisely. I think we did that as we made the car better. I got adapted to the race track and the race car that I’m going to be racing pretty quickly. We were able to make adjustments and gains on the race car itself. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Ford simulator running laps at Iowa. Of course, IRacing.com my sponsor, I’ve been turning a lot of laps on there as well at Iowa.”
“I think it’s gonna be good,” said Majeski when asked how he feels going into Saturday’s race at Iowa. “I’ve been working towards this since I’ve been nine years old. So to have an opportunity like this with a top-tier team is special. I’m excited for it!”
Like any other driver, Majeski has some goals for himself going into his first ever NASCAR start on Saturday. Those goals include limiting the mistakes and walking away with a top 10 finish.
“I think just to limit the mistakes. I ran Pocono a couple of weeks ago in the ARCA Racing Series and had a speeding penalty on pit road and slid through my pit box,” said Majeski. “Ran Michigan in the ARCA car and limited those mistakes. I think that was a positive there. So to just go in clean and make very few mistakes and come away with a top 10.”
Some facts about the young driver via Roush Fenway Racing pre-race advance:
- Majeski was named to the 2016-17 and 2017-18 NASCAR Next Classes
- Majeski, a senior in mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, relocated to North Carolina where he works closely with Roush Fenway’s aerodynamic and shock departments.
- Majeski kicked off 2017 by earning his second-consecutive victory in the Rattler 250 Super Late Model race at South Alabama Speedway. The win put Majeski in elite company, as just the second driver to win the Rattler back-to-back, and only the fourth driver to win more than one Rattler 250.
- Majeski, who started his racing career in go-karts at the age of nine, is the Snowball Derby track record holder at Five Flags. In addition, he also boasts many of late model racing’s biggest wins, including the 2015 and 2016 Governor’s Cup. He was also the 2016 Super Late Model Champion at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway.
- In his rookie season in the ARCA Midwest Tour, Majeski not only captured Rookie of the Year honors, but earned the championship on the strength of two wins. In his sophomore year, Majeski followed that up with five more wins and another championship. The young driver earned his third-consecutive championship in the series in 2016, earning six wins in just 10 races.
- Majeski was one of seven drivers to compete in the first-ever class of the Kulwicki Driver Development program (KDDP). Majeski’s outstanding performance in the KDDP led him to being crowned the inaugural Kulwicki Cup Champion for 2015.
Majeski will make his second career XFINITY Series start in the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford when the series visits Iowa Speedway in late July.
Brett has been following the sport of NASCAR since the beginning of the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Since Brett was 13, he has had a passion of chasing a job in sports that not many get the opportunity of doing. He has been in the NASCAR media since the middle of the 2010 season. Since then, he has been a part of many racing podcast shows to improve his talents. You can find him on twitter @NASCAR_Brett.
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