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Practice Results Have Sean Corr; Empire Racing Looking For More At Chicagoland


Stock Car Racing Topics:  Sean Corr, Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150

Practice Results Have Sean Corr; Empire Racing Looking For More At Chicagoland

Chris Knight
Knight Motorsports Management
Empire Racing
June 3, 2011


Sean Corr Sean Corr
JOLIET, Illinois (June 3, 2011) - - After mounting the sixth fastest time during the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards lone practice Friday at Chicagoland Speedway, championship contender Sean Corr and his Empire Racing team are itching for more leaning into the sixth race of the season Saturday afternoon.

But, before the Goshen, New York native or his Howard Bixman led team can battle for their first ARCA win, the team has to master Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying which is slated just hours before the start of the Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150.

Friday’s practice effort in the No. 82 Roush Yates Performance / Roush Yates Engines / Empire Racing Ford Fusion was a welcomed boost after the team elected not to participate in the ARCA open test session at the 1.5-mile oval last month. Still, Corr and his Empire are heavily optimistic leaning into their 16th career ARCA start.

“The car was real good, especially in qualifying trim,” said Corr, who enters his second ever race at Chicagoland Speedway ninth in the championship rundown. “We made some few tweaks to our No. 82 Roush Yates Performance / Roush Yates Engines / Empire Racing Ford Fusion during practice – but the car was very stable and comfortable. We were a little aero tight in traffic, but I’m sure we’ll combat that during the race. I’m hopeful for a strong starting position and an even better finish.”

In the first five races of the 2011 season, Corr and his gang have rallied five consecutive top-20 finishes including a respectable 16th place finish in his road course debut at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the most recent venue for the ARCA Racing Series.

This weekend though, Corr returns to a track of familiarity and is eager to use that to his advantage. “It’s a total team effort for sure,” added the 26-year old. “Howard (Bixman, crew chief), John Bellesfield, Jim Pearce, Derrick Kearns, Andy Shaver and all of the other Empire Racing family members have really poured an endless amount of time and effort into this program. I know we’re capable of a good run, we showed it in practice. We just need to stay on our game and be ready to throttle down when it’s go time. I like Chicagoland. It’s my kind of track.”

Not only would the avid dirt competitor’s first top-10 in ARCA competition be a push towards the team’s ultimate goal in 2011 – but it would give the family-owned team some more incentive.

“We have a couple things working on the sponsorship front, so a good run is always important, especially on television,” sounded Corr. “We’ve showed a couple times this year that we can run up front with the best of the best in the series, we just had some obstacles stand in our way of that happening. This weekend though, I have a good feeling, especially with the support of Roush Yates Performance and Roush Yates Engines.”

Previously, Corr made his inaugural Chicagoland Speedway debut in 2009 where he qualified 27th but rallied to a noteworthy 13th place run.

The Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150 (100 laps / 150 miles) is the sixth of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 11th ARCA event held at Chicagoland Speedway is a two-day show. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. The field will take the green flag shortly after 5:00 p.m. The event will be televised same-day delayed on SPEED beginning at 10:00 p.m. CST / 11:00 p.m. EST. Live timing and scoring throughout the 1,318 race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since it was formed in 1953 will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.

For more on Sean Corr, Empire Racing and marketing partnership opportunities for the 2011 racing season, please visit empireracingllc.com.

Are you FORD tough? Connect with Roush Yates Performance Products and Roush Yates Engines through their official web site at roushyatesparts.com.

Connect with Sean Corr and Empire Racing through Facebook by clicking here.

Tweet with Sean Corr through Twitter @EmpireRacingLLC.

About Empire Racing:

Established in 2009, Empire Racing LLC. (empireracingllc.com) is a two-tier professional Motorsports organization consisting of dirt and asphalt competition. Sean Corr, a 26-year old hailing from Goshen, New York pilots the team’s automobiles in the DIRTcar Series and Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA). In 2011, the team will attempt to run for a championship in the ARCA Racing Series with aspirations of moving into the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). The team is headquartered in Goshen, New York with an additional operation in Mooresville, North Carolina.

TEAM COMMUNICATIONS CONTACT:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management
PHONE: 239.834.9797
EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com / knight849@aol.com

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