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Gracie Trotter Racing Part-Time ARCA with Venturini Motorsports

Gracie Trotter and Venturini Motorsports have joined forces for part-time competition in the ARCA Menards Series in 2021, it was announced on Wednesday (Jan. 13). Trotter will compete in 10 ARCA races with the team, splitting time between their No. 15 and No. 25 Toyotas.

Trotter’s schedule with Venturini Motorsports will begin with the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February. She will also compete at Phoenix Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway, Toledo Speedway, Elko Speedway, Berlin Raceway, Michigan International Speedway, Milwaukee Mile and Salem Speedway. Trotter will also compete in the ARCA Menards Series West season finale at Phoenix Raceway on November 8.

“I couldn’t be more excited. I’m so thankful to everyone at Toyota Racing Development, Mobil 1 and VMS [Venturini Motorsports] for giving me this surreal opportunity to continue living out my dreams,” Trotter said in a press release announcing the move. “Toyota has been incredibly important to my development over the last four years. They’ve guided me so much, helping me move up at the right pace with the right people.”

“I tell myself I can win every time I strap myself into a race car. This year will be no different but with a learning curve,” she continued. “My time in the car now is about the future. It’s about learning as much as I can about the car, communication with my team and all the new tracks. Coming to a place like Venturini Motorsports to race and learn from some of the best makes me feel like there’s no better place to be right now.”

Trotter, 19, competed full-time last year in the ARCA West series, finishing third in the championship standings. She became the first woman to win an ARCA-sanctioned race when she won the West race at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last September. Trotter compiled one victory, seven top fives and 12 top 10s in 15 starts combined within ARCA’s three series last year.

The 19-year-old now joins Corey Heim and Drew Dollar as members of the Venturini Motorsports driver lineup. Heim will compete full-time in the No. 20 and Dollar will drive part-time in the No. 15.

About the author

Mark Kristl joined Frontstretch at the beginning of the 2019 NASCAR season. He is the site's ARCA Menards Series editor. Kristl is also an Eagle Scout and a proud University of Dayton alum.

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