Riverhead, NY Jan 11th.
When the new management team of Riverhead Raceway introduced the Riverhead Modified Crate division last October, the announcement immediately caught the attention of veteran Legend Race Car owner John Visconti III of Brooklyn. This past week John announced the Visconti Racing Team would indeed compete in the Riverhead Modified Crate class with former Charger talent CJ Lehmann of Shirley recently announced as the driver for the new team.
“I have to thank Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz not only for keeping racing alive at Riverhead Raceway but for introducing the Riverhead Modified Crate division that we are very excited to be a part of in 2016” an enthusiastic Visconti stated. Heading towards the new season will find some changes to Visconti’s team as well. “Since 1985 Tommy Barton has been my partner in any and all racing ventures but he’ll be stepping back this year” John disclosed. “With that in mind we have now formed the Visconti Racing Team. My father Cookie will serve as the General Manager of the team with my wife Marie taking on the role of Financial Manager”. Cookie Visconti, as veteran race fans will recall, was one of the top drivers in the Late Model class at the Freeport Stadium. In honor of his driving career the new Riverhead Modified Crate entry will carry Cookie’s famed #74 in 2016 at Riverhead Raceway.
Once the team business was settled the process of purchasing a car and putting the actual team together began. “We purchased a 2013 Troyer and are currently in the process of converting the car to the Riverhead Modified Crate specs” Visconti said. As to who would drive the car John announced, “we are happy to announce CJ Lehmann as our driver for 2016. I feel with the combined experience of the Visconti and Lehmann race teams and families that we will be a top team weekly and perhaps contend for the RMC championship”. Scott Lehmann, CJ’s father has been appointed Crew Chief for the team.
Visconti also pointed to a continuation of a long standing alliance both he and the Lehmann race teams have enjoyed with Tommy Baldwin Racing over the past few seasons. That relationship will continue with the new combination, “Tommy Baldwin Jr. through TBR Racing as well Baldwin Automotive in Bellport will again serve a major sponsor of our race team. In fact the combination of our teams makes the TBR alliance stronger”. John also disclosed long time sponsors IGA Food Markets and Applebee’s have agreed to remain with the team in 2016.
As excited as Visconti is about the new team, driver CJ Lehmann could hardly contain his excitement, “I feel as though I had two Christmas mornings” Lehmann boasted after his naming as the team driver came just days after the holiday season. “I can’t thank John Visconti and the Visconti Racing Team enough for this opportunity as well Tommy Baldwin for his part in the formation of this team”. CJ, a seven time Riverhead Charger feature event winner added, “the icing on the cake for me is what a honor and privilege it will be to drive the #74 that Cookie Visconti enjoyed so much success with during his driving days”.
Anticipation and excitement continue to build for the Riverhead Modified Crate class with 22 car numbers registered to date. Among those include many former track champions. Peter Bertuccio, Kyle Ellwood, Scott Pedersen, Eric Zeh, Dylan Slepian, Mike Albasini and Dave Brigati have all won track titles at Riverhead Raceway over the years and plan on competing among the RMC ranks in 2016.
The Riverhead Modified Crate class will get right to the business of racing on Grand Opening night Saturday evening May 7th. A huge Fireworks spectacular is planned for the 7 division opening night to celebrate a new era of racing at Riverhead Raceway. Rounding out the program are the NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models, Figure Eights, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and Legend Race Cars.
For further information as well 2016 Riverhead Raceway marketing information please call 631-842-RACE or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The complete 2016 schedule of events are available at www.riverheadraceway.com.