MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – West Virginia country roads lead Martinsburg native Christian Rose to Las Vegas this week for his debut in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Menard West Series.
Christian Rose Racing, LLC recently announced its partnership with the West Virginia Department of Tourism, where Rose’s # 42 hot-rod with Cook Racing Technologies will showcase West Virginia paint for the race on Thursday at the Bull Ring in Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Rose, 26, told MetroNews he was very proud to have a car sponsored by West Virginia.
âThere is a lot of pride in being from the state of West Virginia. Having them on the race car is a huge opportunity for us. It means that the world can represent the state in any way it can, âhe said.
Rose said the program will be used in many West Coast races this fall and that he hopes to continue the partnership until the 2022 season. The car is two shades of blue and black, with West Virginia on the hood with the New River Gorge Bridge. On the bumper is wvtourism.com with “Almost Heaven” in cursive script on the sides.
“We are always looking for innovative ways to promote Almost Heaven, West Virginia,” Chelsea Ruby, secretary of the West Virginia Department of Tourism, said in a statement. âAs a West Virginia native who is always on the go, Christian presents a unique opportunity to promote West Virginia as a premier travel and tourism destination, both on and off the road. highway. “
Rose called his journey to this point in his piloting career “a dream.” He said he grew up as a NASCAR fan, watched the Cup series and cheered on Jeff Gordon. He said that one summer, as a teenager, he met current NASCAR driver / owner BJ McLeod at Daytona International Speedway and asked him to get involved.
Rose played college baseball at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and had to put her racing interest in the rear view mirror until she graduated in 2018. Rose said he contacted McLeod and that he had had his chance. McLeod let him get behind the wheel of a race car in 2018 during a practice session. Rose said he impressed everyone there, even though he had never been behind the wheel of a race car before.
Rose ran his first test race in December 2018 before making his late debut as a model on January 5, 2019, where he finished 15th of 24 at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida.
âMy course in the race was a bit different. Most of these other drivers have been doing this since they were kids, âRose said. âThe last few years have been a great race and I am delighted to take a new step in my career by participating in the ARCA Menard series. “
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Rose signed with Bruce Cook-owned Cook Racing Technologies (CRT) in 2020 and has since driven late model cars along the East Coast with the Mooresville, North Carolina-based racing team. Most recently, Rose finished in the top ten at Orange County Speedway in Florida on August 14.
Rose said the goal is to be in the NASCAR Cup Series, something he still follows every weekend and a series that will also be in Las Vegas this weekend. Rose said her favorite runner after Gordon’s retirement was Kyle Larson
âAnyone who’s into sports and doesn’t have the dream of being in the Cup Series, I’ve always said you shouldn’t do it. If you’re not aiming for the top, what’s the point of doing it. Cup series is the goal. Five or six years later, hopefully shorter. The Cup series champion is the goal of it all.
Rose will compete alongside her CRT teammate Amber Slagle in Star Nursery 150 at 11:30 p.m. PST Thursday. The race will be broadcast live via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and will replay September 30 at 5 p.m. EST on NBCSN.
He said the partnership with West Virginia Tourism would attract many eyes to his team and the Mountain State.
âThere are so many people in the racing world who love to hunt, fish and get outside. There is no better state in the country that offers this opportunity more than West Virginia. This is our message and what we are trying to share with West Virginia Tourism. The bigger the reach, the more people we will reach will just be great things for the state, âsaid Rose.
Rose also teamed up with the Boys and Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle, to talk about the Triple Play initiative for young athletes. Fans can text RACING to 26989 to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle.