OSWEGO, NY – After testing the Strong Racing Supermodified at Oswego Speedway back on Sunday, May 6, young Jarett Andretti hoped he would one day have a chance to race a Novelis Supermodified at Oswego Speedway. Now, he will have his chance.
Beginning June 2, as a part of Best Western Plus/Quality Inn and Suites Night at the Races, Andretti will pilot the Shawn Muldoon owned, Jim Paternoster prepared, No. 1 Hawk chassis Supermodified on a weekly basis at the ‘Steel Palace.’
“I’m very excited to race at such a famed Speedway like Oswego, and it only makes it better knowing that my Grandfather (Aldo) and great Uncle (Mario) have raced on the exact same pavement that I will be making my Supermodified debut on,” said Andretti. “I’m also extremely happy that we were able to align ourselves with someone as experienced as Mr. Paternoster. With his roots in USAC racing, like me, it was an instant connection. Being a rookie, you want to be sure you are with an experienced team that has good equipment, and I know Mr. Paternoster will be sure that the car is safe and fast.”
The Hawk chassis Supermodified that Andretti will drive is a joint venture between long-time Oswego Speedway and USAC car owner Paternoster, as well as Muldoon, a former Novelis Supermodified track champion at the Speedway. Muldoon, who drove the car in the Oswego opener back on May 5, will step out of the seat for the remainder of the regular season.
“Shawn has lingering injuries from his bad accident a couple years ago that never really healed,” said Paternoster. “He has lost a lot of feeling in his right foot, which doesn’t allow him to be able to feel the pedal quite as he should right now. He is hoping to climb back into the seat, after the regular season, during the Fall Championship Weekend on September 15.”
According to Paternoster, while Andretti will continue his pursuits in USAC Sprint and Midget racing, Oswego Speedway is the Andretti’s priority and main focus for 2012.
“Jarett will be here weekly starting June 2,” commented Paternoster. “He is coming up the Wednesday before that race with his seat to get fitted and comfortable in the car.”
Andretti is excited for the full-time commitment, and believes that this move will be vital in his development as a professional open-wheel racer.
“I think it is important to get experience in all different types of racecars, dirt and asphalt, like Mario and others in my family,” said Andretti. “The experience that I will gain in a Supermodified will no doubt be applicable to other open-wheel cars I drive in my career, potentially even an IndyCar. A Supermodified is the most extreme short track car in existence, so anything I drive on short tracks after this this will be a step back in speed and horsepower, making it so valuable in my development as a racer.”
The next event on Oswego Speedway’s schedule is the Mitchell’s Speedway Press Memorial Day Weekend Tripleheader Saturday. The night’s racing will feature 185-laps of main event action featuring the Novelis Supermodifieds, the Race of Champions Modifieds, and the Pathfinder Bank SBS Series.
Grandstand gates open at 1 p.m., with the first green flag scheduled for 4 p.m.
General admission is set at $25, with kids 16 and under free with a paid adult. Active Military with ID are also free.
Oswego Speedway events run May through September on most Saturday nights, culminating with the Fall Championship 75 on September 15.
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