Brittney Zamora to drive for Rette Jones Racing in Daytona ARCA opener

Brittney Zamora

Brittney Zamora to drive for Rette Jones Racing in Daytona ARCA opener

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.: Officials from Rette Jones Racing (RJR) announced today that female standout Brittney Zamora has been tapped to drive the team’s No. 30 Ford Fusion in Saturday afternoon’s Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire ARCA Menards Series season opener from Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

ARCA championship-winning crew chief and team co-owner Mark Rette will guide Zamora as she prepares to make her superspeedway ARCA debut on Feb. 13, 2021.

Square1 Flex, VISA, Pit Road Pals and Davis Groupe Promotions will serve as Zamora’s marketing partners for the first ARCA Menards Series race of 2021.

A native of Kennewick, Washington, Zamora burst onto the racing scene with success in the Northwest Super Late Model Series in 2017 and 2018 and became the first female to win a championship in the series.

In fact, Zamora carried the title honors for two consecutive seasons, drawing the attention of many, including ARCA Menards Series West championship team Bill McAnally Racing who signed the promising driver to a full ARCA Menards Series West schedule in 2019.

In her rookie ARCA West season, she scored two poles, netted six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes and captured fifth in the championship standings. She earned a career-best third twice at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway and Evergreen (Wash.) Speedway.

She joined Jefferson Racing in 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic played havoc with her racing schedule, leaving her to piece races together on a variety of different levels.

Regrouped and determined to race on the east coast, the 21-year-old worked hard during the offseason committed to aligning herself with good people and a winning organization like Rette Jones Racing.

“I am really excited to be joining Rette Jones Racing for my first superspeedway race,” said Zamora. “It is going to be a great experience and I am going to learn a lot. Daytona is a track I have always dreamed of racing at.

“I am confident in Mark (Rette), the RJR team and myself to be successful at Daytona. If luck stays on our side, I know we will have a strong chance to be in contention for a podium and possibly even a win.”

Rette Jones Racing is no stranger to success at Daytona. In January 2020, the Mooresville, N.C.-based team topped the speed charts with female driver Dominique Van Wieringen and contended for a top-five finish before being swept into an accident nearly halfway into last February’s race.

In 2017, RJR finished second in the ARCA season-opener with team co-owner Terry Jones who led 25 of the event’s 80 laps. Jones was preparing to a potentially winning move in the closing laps, but a late-race caution forced the event to end under yellow flag conditions.

Knowing his team is capable of success in front of a captive audience has Rette excited about Zamora’s ARCA Menards Series debut in the sport’s biggest race.

“I’m excited,” offered Rette. “Brittney should be too. I really feel like our No. 30 Square1 Flex Ford Fusion is going to be fast and I know Brittney isn’t afraid to drive, so we should be right up there with the best of the best in the series.

“I’m glad she turned some laps during the open ARCA Menards Series test in January and hopefully that track time will prove to be valuable for when she climbs aboard our race car with an opportunity to become the first female winner in ARCA national series history.

“We had that chance last year with Dominique but came up short. I’m thankful to have a second opportunity to do that this year with Brittney.”

RJR is co-owned by Canadian entrepreneur and former race car driver Terry Jones.

The Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire (80 laps | 200 miles) is the first of 20 races on the 2021 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Practice begins Fri., Feb. 12 with a one-hour session from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Group qualifying is set for race day, Sat., Feb. 13 at 8:30 a.m. The season-opener for the 69th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag shortly after 1:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities.

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About Rette Jones Racing:

Headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina, Rette Jones Racing (RJR) was founded in 2015 with the intent of building a successful racing operation built around the fundamentals of hard work and a never give up attitude.

Owned by racers Terry Jones and Mark Rette, RJR plan to field a full-time entry in 2021 in the ARCA Menards Series East, while also hopeful to field vehicles in the ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).

The winning ARCA East team also offers technical and setup intel as part of its technical alliance partnership program.

Grant Quinlan and Rette Jones Racing back again for Talladega rumble

TALLADEGA, Ala. – The last time Grant Quinlan and Rette Jones Racing (RJR) left a race track together, they celebrated a career-best third place ARCA Menards Series finish for Quinlan in the season-opening race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Two months later, the band is back together again for Friday’s General Tire 200 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway with the hope to duplicate the team’s performance in their second start of 2019.

Poised for his third career ARCA start, Quinlan will make his series’ debut at Talladega’s 2.66-mile superspeedway and while the track characteristics differ from Daytona, the fundamentals of restrictor plate racing remain similar and the Mooresville, N.C.-based team hopes the strategy will again play into their hands in the fourth race of the season.

“I’ve been looking forward to Talladega since the day after our finish at Daytona,” said Quinlan. “We started deep in the field at Daytona – but just raced our race and when it came to time to execute, we had a shot.

“Looking back, I wish I could have done some things differently. It might have helped – it might not, but as a race car driver – you’re always wanting to improve and wanting more hoping to get that opportunity to get to Victory Lane. Hopefully, we can get it done on Friday for all these guys at Rette Jones Racing.”

Quinlan, a native of Maidstone, Ontario Canada has made 12 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts with RJR and while the 20-year-old delivered the veteran team their best K&N finish of second at Columbus Motor Speedway in 2015, Quinlan would like to deliver RJR their first career ARCA win – which would surpass co-team owner Terry Jones’ career-best ARCA finish of second last February at Daytona.

“Terry (Jones) and Mark (Rette) have given me plenty of opportunities and I’m appreciative of that,” added Quinlan. “They have given me the chance to drive some good equipment. Sure, we haven’t always had the best results, but we’ve given it everything we’ve can and most of the time, our efforts have paid off.

“Talladega could be one of those races where everything goes right or the complete opposite. We’ll see where we qualify and then just plan to strategize from there. Mark will be on the box and that will be huge. I don’t have any other races planned at this point right now, so taking advantage of Talladega is pivotal to me.”

2009 ARCA championship crew chief Rette says he was impressed with Quinlan’s ability on a restrictor plate track and feels he can easily showcase his potential again.

“We’ve been working on the car since Daytona looking for the opportunity to make the car better,” offered Rette. “I think we’ve made some good tweaks and hopefully it provides the chance to qualify up front and Grant can stay there.

“Timing will be crucial on Friday, as well as patience. If Grant can find the right drafting partners and stay out of trouble, we should have a good finish. Depending on how the cautions fall, he’ll only be on pit road once or twice, so we’ll do our job and then leave the rest up to him on the track.

“Looking forward to getting back to the ARCA track without a lot of pressure and going for the win.”

Jones Demolition & Abatement, International Tool and Mold and Priestly Demolition Inc. join Ford Performance, JRI Shocks, Huntilar Corp. and Goodridge Fluid Transfer Systems as associate marketing partners for the final superspeedway race of 2019.

In addition to ARCA and K&N, Quinlan is also a veteran of the ARCA | CRA Late Model Series.

The General Tire 200 (76 laps | 202 miles) is the fourth of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., Apr. 26 with an hour and twenty-five-minute session planned from 8:30 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:35 p.m. The race in the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 5:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Central).

The latest on Rette Jones Racing is available at RetteJonesRacing.com, the team’s Facebook page or Twitter @RetteJones30.

Quinlan also tweets. Follow him @GQuinlan28.