Center Moriches, NY Feb. 23rd.
Second generation racer and rising Long Island driving talent Artie Pedersen III of Center Moriches announced his 2019 plans over the weekend that will find him competing in a Tour Type Modified with hopes of racing a diverse schedule of events that will be contingent on sponsorship. The 22-year old youngster will align himself with John & George Meade known in racing circles as simply the Meade Brothers who bring with them six decades of racing experience of Modified car building and set-ups.
During his Sunday announcement Pedersen revealed “I’m happy to announce CheckerWon Motorsports has entered into a purchase/merge agreement for the potent Ken Vogel/Meade Brothers Racing Modified for the upcoming 2019 NASCAR Tour Type Modified season”. The soft spoken driver continued “I can’t thank Ken Vogel Sr., John & George Meade for their continued support and guidance as we move forward. We are actively seeking marketing partners and sponsorship for our new venture and we offer varying packages to potential partners”.
Ever since his first race in a Long Island Karting Association go kart “AP3” as he is known has found success behind the wheel. Pedersen won the 2008 LIKA Junior Yamaha title and two years later captured the Super Yamaha crown. Among his other accolades earned in his budding career include the 2015 Figure Eight Rookie of the Year at Riverhead Raceway as well the 2017 US Legend Cars New York State Pro championship. During that season Artie also captured his first open wheel victory in a SK Modified race at Bethel Speedway. 2018 found Pedersen tabbed to drive the Ben Vecchio Crate Modified at Riverhead Raceway where he was the top point earning freshman driver placing third in the final rankings winning a main event along the way.
John & George Meade have been longtime fixtures on the eastern Tour Type Modified scene dating back to the days of their youth at islip Speedway where their father George used to field the #9A NASCAR Modified for Bobby Holmberg. Not only did the team race the famed 1/5 of a mile at Islip but also usually made the trek for Friday night racing at the then paved Albany-Saratoga Speedway and any major paved Modified race up and down the eastern seaboard. John would later embark on a driving career of his own in his “Spirit In The Sky” #79 machines. While the Meade men worked away in the pit area their mother Freda was part of the Islip Speedway race day office staff.
One race the new combination has circled on their calendar given the Meade family heritage at Islip Speedway is the June 15th, 2019 Islip 300 at Riverhead Raceway to which Pedersen noted, “we are really excited for and looking forward to the Islip 300. John & George have so much history at Islip and this race means a lot to them”. Then Artie took the sentiment one step further disclosing “in honor of John & George we’re going to run the #79 on the car”.
As to what other or when they’ll race in 2019 Pedersen was direct “it all depends on sponsorship, if we find a partner who wants to race Riverhead weekly we are there. If they want to run some NASCAR Whelen Tour events or Valenti Modified Racing Series races or some of the Race Of Champions circuit, we will do that too. It is all about sponsorship backing at this point”.
For further information and marketing opportunities please contact Artie Pedersen III @ firstname.lastname@example.org