FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2017

Mooresville, NC, March 18th, 2017 – Development driver, Thad Moffitt, will be at the Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday, March 18th, 2017. Moffitt will be participating in the Performance Plus 300 presented by Safety Kleen. Thad Moffitt is a 4th generation race-car driver and the grandson of Richard Petty; son to Richard Petty’s youngest daughter, Rebecca Petty Moffitt and husband Brian Moffitt CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports.

Racing at the historical Myrtle Beach Speedway has never been so exciting! Watch action packed racing on the “Beast at the Beach” 1/2 mile asphalt track. Six action packed races all back to back guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat or on your feet!

About Empire Racing Group,
Established in 2009, Empire Racing Group is a development team that strives to identify young racing talent and assist them in the advancement of their careers. While ERG originally focused on the ARCA Racing Series with driver Sean Corr (team owner/driver), the team has since expanded its reach into other series thanks in part to its alliance with Grumpy’s Performance, Inc. Under the expertise of crew chief Mike ‘Grumpy’ Cheek, ERG now competes in various late model series as well as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). In 2016, ERG will be serving as the developmental team for Richard Petty Motorsports, providing young drivers with driver coaching, technical support, public relations, and marketing needs. Drivers for the 2017 season include notable rising stars Thad Moffitt, and Harrison Moffitt, as well as racing veteran Sean Corr.

To learn more about ERG, call (704) 664-8882 or visit www.empireracinggroup.com.

Richard Petty to be honored by NASCAR leaders and legends at Petersen Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum, along with Hostetler Companies and Ford Performance, will honor “The King” Richard Petty, on March 23, 2017. The event will feature an all-star panel including Jeff Gordon, Kyle Petty, Rusty Wallace and Mike Helton with NASCAR. Also Mike Joy, lead race announcer for FOX NASCAR, will MC the event. As part of the tribute, the Petersen will also honor Petty with the museum’s Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Stock car racing is one of the most uniquely American forms of motorsport and nobody casts as big of a shadow in that world as Richard Petty,” said Terry Karges, Executive Director of the Petersen Museum. “His larger than life persona and incredible talent behind the wheel have done more for the sport than just about anyone else and we’re thrilled to help him celebrate his 80th birthday.”

The evening will also feature a live auction hosted by Barrett Jackson with Joseph Mast as the auctioneer. Among the items being auctioned are a 2017 Ford Mustang Richard Petty 80th Tribute Edition styled by The King himself, a one of a kind Disney Pixar custom drawing with Lightning McQueen and Petty, a signature custom designed Charlie 1 Horse cowboy hat worn by Richard Petty and a custom painted Tennessee Electric Guitar which was created and painted to celebrate The King’s seven championship-winning cars. There will also be a mobile silent auction beginning on March 9th through March 23rd, 2017, which can be accessed through the Petersen’s website. The charity auctions will benefit both the Petersen Automotive Museum and the Petty Family Foundation.

The Petersen will also recognize the American icon with its highest honor, the 2017 Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award, for his contributions to motor racing. Previous winners of the Petersen Award include Dan Gurney, Art Chrisman, Carroll Shelby, George Barris, Andy Granatelli, The Ford Family, Vic Edelbrock, Jack Roush, Ed “Isky” Iskenderian, “Speedy” Bill Smith, Alex Xydias, Wally Parks and Ed Pink.

This event honoring Petty is being presented by a number of incredible sponsors including Smithfield Foods, Barrett Jackson, BASF, Canepa, Charlie 1 Horse, Goody’s, Heidi Mraz, Hendrick Motorsports, Jeff Gordon Cellars, Magnaflow, NASCAR, Omix ADA Rugged Ridge, Petty’s Garage, Pixar, SEMA, Standard Tool and Equipment, Greenworks and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Tickets for this event are open to the public and may still be available for purchase via https://petersen.org/petty/.

— Richard Petty Motorsports —

Myrtle Beach, Late Model Stock Series RaceFebruary 11th, 2017


Icebreaker – Daytona International Speedway


Empire Racing, Corr teaming up with “The King’s” grandson for the ’17 season

February 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM

 

TOLEDO, Ohio (Feb. 8, 2017) – Sean Corr splits his time between his full-time job at his family’s school bus company in upstate New York and the Empire Racing shop in Mooresville, N.C. But if he had his way, he’d be spending more time at the shop hanging out with “The King.” And that’s because Corr knows that NASCAR icon Richard Petty may just strut through the shop doors at any moment.

 

“Richard’s great…it’s so cool to have him here,” said Corr. “He’s got a story for everything…he’s done it all. He’s so down-to-earth. He’s not above just hanging out at the shop with all the guys. He just kicks his feet up with the rest of us and starts telling stories. It’s really neat when he comes over.”

Of course there’s a reason the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion is hanging out with Corr’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards team these days. As it is, Empire Racing, a driver development team for Richard Petty Motorsports, is full-ahead for what looks like a busier ARCA schedule in 2017 with Petty’s grandson, Thad Moffitt, at the helm of the No. 46 car for several races. Moffitt’s still 16, so Corr plans to fill the gap on the speedways as necessary. It’s no mistake that the car will wear the number 46.

“It’s so cool to be a part of the legacy of Richard Petty Motorsports. Lee Petty was number 42, Richard was 43, Kyle 44, Adam 45 and now Thad’s going to be the 46. We’re really honored to a be a part of that.”

With a brand new buzz reverberating through the Empire shop, the team is serious about its preparation for the season ahead.

“We’re building new composite cars. We have the new one we built last year and we just finished our second composite car, and we already have our chassis lined up for the third one.”

Corr has entered his own No. 46 Nesco Ford for the 54th running of the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona Int’l Speedway. The Goshen, N.Y. ARCA veteran won the pole at Daytona in 2012 and finished fifth at the “World Center of Racing” in 2013.

“I can’t wait…I love running Daytona and Talladega. We’re going to try and run the 46 all year…I may possibly do Michigan and both Poconos…still working through all that. The plan is to put Thad in the car for the short tracks…Nashville, Salem, Toledo…everything he can run he plans on running.”

In between all the new and exciting things going on at Empire Racing, Corr’s still working his day job back home to help make ends meet.

“I work with my family’s school bus company. We build a lot of the smaller type-A buses…up to 35-child capacity buses. We do that right down to commercial buses…like the Venturini bus…we built that one. That one’s really decked out…leather commercial seats, foot rests, cup holders, flat screen TV…that one’s really classy.”

In addition to gasoline-, diesel- and propane-powered units, the family-owned company (Trans Tech Bus) builds a lot of electric school buses, many of which end up in California. His sponsor, Nesco, is a truck and bus dealership out of Long Island, N.Y.

Work aside, it’s time to get back to the business of racing.

“I’m actually leaving to go back to North Carolina on the 9th…and then onto Daytona.

“We’re really excited, not just for Daytona, but for the whole season. Thad is one of the most down-to-earth kids I’ve ever met…I know where he gets it from. He’s got a really good head on his shoulders. To have him racing with us at Empire Racing is so neat…he’s such a great kid.”

 

Established in 2009, Empire Racing Group is a driver-development team that strives to identify young racing talent and assist them in the advancement of their careers. While ERG originally focused on the ARCA Racing Series with driver Sean Corr (team owner), the team has since expanded its reach into other series thanks in part to its alliance with Grumpy’s Performance, Inc. Under the expertise of crew chief Mike ‘Grumpy’ Cheek, ERG now competes in various Late Model series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS). In 2016, Empire Racing Group will be serving as a developmental team for Richard Petty Motorsports, providing young drivers with driver coaching, technical support, as well as public relations and marketing needs. Additionally, ERG will compete in multiple racing series including the ARCA Racing Series, NCWTS, and NASCAR Late Model Series at Caraway Speedway. Drivers for the 2016 season include notable rising stars Thad Moffitt, and Harrison Moffitt, as well as racing veteran Sean Corr.

 

To learn more about ERG, call (704) 664-8882 or visit www.empireracinggroup.com.

 

A Richard Petty Driver Development Team