Christian Rose is still a relatively new name on the ARCA Menards Series scene, but the driver of the No. 42 West Virginia Tourism Chevrolet for Cook Racing Technologies (CRT) is focused on building it into a household name throughout the season. 2022 season.
Rose, a former Division 1 baseball player from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, has traded the mitt and bat for a shuttlecock and helmet and plans to make some noise on the running track in a diverse 2022 schedule that will include competing in the inaugural ARCA Menards Series and the ARCA Menards Series East regional tour.
Despite only four years of experience as a driver, Rose captivated an audience for his ability to dial in his race car quickly and back up his intuition with his on-track racing craft which included producing two top 10 finishes during his only two starts in the ARCA Menards Series West division last year at the Las Vegas (Nev.) Bullring Motor Speedway and All American (Calif.) Speedway respectively.
With some confidence on her side, Rose will kick off her 2022 season with a double dose of action this week at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
“I’m really excited for 2022,” Rose said. “This is the year I focus on using all of my experience and applying it to the results of West Virginia Tourism and Cook Racing Technologies. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to race on a larger scale. – but I have to perform.
“Opportunities like this are truly once in a lifetime and I am taking the necessary steps that I know how to capitalize on the opportunity and prepare myself for the long term as far as my racing career is concerned.”
Before turning his attention to the ARCA Menards Series West last year, Rose spent 2019 and 2020 competing in late models that included a big dose of action in New Smyrna, which gives the native of Martinsburg, WV a positive perspective on Tuesday’s race to stop suicide 200 presented by Place de l’Espoir.
“I was hungry to get to New Smyrna because I did so many laps there,” Rose added. “I spent a lot of time racing there every week a few years ago, so I feel like this experience and knowing the fundamentals of the track will put us in a good position to start the week on a good note. “Hopefully, we’ll find ourselves in a position to fight for a top-five spot on Tuesday, and then turn our attention to Daytona.”
Saturday afternoon’s Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire will be Rose’s first debut in the inaugural ARCA Menards Series. In January, Rose boasted a top-five time on day two of pre-season testing, which gave him confidence that his superspeedway debut had the potential to be memorable.
“Daytona is such a big blessing, you really don’t understand,” he said. “Our pre-season test went really well and Bruce (Cook) and the team have been combing through our #42 West Virginia Tourism Chevrolet to make sure we can unload for practice Thursday after- noon in a good place.
“Daytona is going to be the biggest learning experience of my career, but it’s a challenge I’m up for and ready to do well. If we can stay out of trouble and be able to finish in the top 10 on Saturday afternoon, so I feel like we can put an exclamation mark on the weekend!
In 2022, Rose will also continue to strengthen its relationship with the West Virginia Department of Tourism.
The West Virginia Department of Tourism promotes West Virginia as a four-season travel destination and the premier state in which to live, work and retire.
Known as the Mountain State, West Virginia is one of the most scenic states in the United States and is home to thousands of acres of parks and public lands, including the newest US national park and 45 parks and state forests. In addition to its majestic mountains and rolling hills, West Virginia is filled with rich historic sites, enchanting art galleries, charming towns, and an immense sense of place found only in its paradisiacal landscapes.
In West Virginia, let the country roads take you away from it all. And a little closer to the sky.
“My relationship with the West Virginia Department of Tourism means everything to me,” Rose added.
“Without them, I couldn’t race in New Smyrna or Daytona. Throughout the year, my goal is to spread the mission of all that the West Virginia Department of Tourism stands for.
“It’s going to be a fun year.”
Bruce Cook, owner of Cook Racing Technologies and crew chief of Rose’s two entries this week, is thrilled to have 26-year-old Rose back in his corner for another year of learning, racing and chasing checkered flags.
“Without a doubt, Christian is going to impress people this season,” Cook said. “He’s really flown under the radar for the last year and a half, but I think he’s going to be able to explode on the track in terms of consistency and results.
“I feel like he’s definitely capable of winning races and if everything goes to plan on a particular race weekend, there’s no reason we’ll be able to win races. battling for multiple wins this year I can’t thank the West Virginia Department of Tourism and the rest of Christian’s partners for their trust and faith in my race team with a talented driver on board.
“I can’t wait to start the season on Tuesday night.”
A detailed schedule for Rose will be announced at a later date.
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The Race to Stop Suicide 200 presented by Place of Hope (200 laps | 100 miles) is the first of seven races in the 2022 ARCA Menards Series East program. Practice begins for the one-day show Tuesday, February 15 from 3:30 p.m. at 5:00 p.m. The results of the tests will dictate the starting grid for the opening race of the season. The event will take the green flag just after 7:30 p.m. with live TV coverage on FloRacing and recorded delayed coverage on the USA Network.
The Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire (80 laps | 200 miles) is the first of 20 races on the 2022 ARCA Menards Series calendar. Practice begins Thursday, February 17 with a fifty-minute session from 4:05-4:55 p.m. Group qualifiers are set for Friday, February 18 at 1:30 p.m. The season opener for the 70th consecutive ARCA season is set for the afternoon following February 19 to take the green flag shortly after 1:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) with the Motor Racing Network (MRN) handling the radio airwaves. ARCARacing.com will also be streaming live timing and scores throughout the weekend festivities.
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