CONCORD, N.C. – Venturini Motorsports announced Friday that 18-year-old Hillsborough, California open wheel driver Toni Breidinger has joined the organization and will make three ARCA Racing Series starts this year.
Breidinger, USAC’s all-time winningest female driver with 14 pavement victories, will make her ARCA Racing Series debut at Madison Int’l Speedway on June 15.
She will compete in a stretch of three consecutive ARCA events that also includes stops at Gateway Motorsports Park (June 22) and Chicagoland Speedway (June 28).
Breidinger began her career behind the wheel of a go-kart at the age of nine. Progressing with age and moving up the ranks, she began racing midgets in USAC. In 2014 and 2015 she placed second in USAC’s Speed2 Western U.S. Pavement Midget Series standings.
After a breakout year in 2016, Breidinger went on to claim the Speed2 Western U.S. Pavement Midget Series championship.
“I’m definitely expecting to learn a lot. It’s going to be a huge learning experience, but I’m very excited and more than ready to take on the challenge racing in the ARCA series this season,” said Breidinger. “I feel extremely lucky and privileged to be making my series debut racing for Venturini Motorsports. They do an amazing job with developing drivers. The knowledge I will gain from them will be very valuable and beneficial. I am beyond excited to be a part of Venturini Motorsports.”
In 2017, further preparing for the next step in her career, Briedinger made her first start in a USAC Silver Crown Series before later making her late model stock car debut.
“The USAC cars I’ve been racing are completely different from the ARCA cars, but racing them has really developed my racing skills,” said Breidinger. “Everything I’ve learned throughout my 4 years racing USAC will be carried over into the next step of my career.”
“The USAC Silver Crown cars have a lot of horsepower and compete on some of the same short tracks as ARCA so that should help facilitate the transition. Also, I’ve competed in a few late model races to prepare me for the jump to ARCA. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity.”
CREDIT: ARCA Racing Series