TOLEDO, Ohio — Sean Corr and Empire Racing, a driver development team for Richard Petty Motorsports, are moving ahead full-steam with a busier ARCA schedule this season.
Corr confirmed Wednesday that seven time NASCAR Cup Series champion and RPM team owner Richard Petty’s grandson, Thad Moffitt, will be at the helm of the No. 46 car for several ARCA races this season.
Moffitt, 16, cannot compete on speedway tracks yet due to his age, so Corr plans to fill the gap on the speedways as necessary.
It’s also no mistake that the Empire car will wear the number 46 this year.
“It’s so cool to be a part of the legacy of Richard Petty Motorsports,” Corr added. “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 on Feb. 18. The Goshen, N.Y. veteran won the pole at Daytona in 2012 and finished fifth at the World Center of Racing in 2013.
“I love running Daytona and Talladega. We’re going to try and run the (No.) 46 all year. … I may possibly do Michigan and both Poconos … (we’re just) 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.”
Moffitt is eligible to race in as many as 12 events on the ARCA schedule; including races at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, Salem Speedway, Toledo Speedway, Elko Speedway, Madison Int’l Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway and Winchester Speedway among the short tracks that are one mile in length or less.
The teenager also confirmed to Race Chaser Online via text that he will indeed run every event that he is able to contest this season “as long as the sponsorship is there.”
In between all the new and exciting things going on with Moffitt at Empire Racing, Corr is still working his day job back home in the meantime, 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. It’s got leather commercial seats, foot rests, cup holders, (a) 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.
Corr’s Daytona sponsor, Nesco, is a truck and bus dealership out of Long Island, N.Y.
“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 … and 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.”
ARCA Communications contributed material to this story.