(Speed51.com) Thursday evening’s practice was led by the driver with the most ARCA Racing Series wins at Daytona International Speedway (FL) in the history of the series, Bobby Gerhart. Friday morning’s final practice was paced by Patrick Staropoli, a driver who has never raced in ARCA competition anywhere ever before.
Staropoli, a graduate of Harvard University, put down a lap of 47.386 seconds right at the end of the hour-long practice session on Friday morning. His time beat Frank Kimmel’s lap of 47.388 seconds by just two one-thousanths of a second. It’s also the fastest lap anybody has turned at Daytona yet between the two practice sessions this weekend and both test sessions during the winter.
(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – February 10, 2015) – Before heading to Daytona Beach, Fla. for the start of the 2015 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, Empire Racing Group’s Sean Corr had a little digging to do – literally.
(Sun Sentinel, February 1 2015) — Patrick Staropoli thought he would start 2015 with an agonizing decision: Quit medical school or give up his dream of becoming a NASCAR driver.
“The cards that were on the table made the decision for me,” Staropoli, of Plantation, said last week.
After a deal to race on NASCAR’s lower levels fell through, the Harvard graduate and past valedictorian at Plantation High is back at the University of Miami. He began his fourth semester of medical school in January, resuming his studies to become an ophthalmologist after a year off.
For now, he’s trying to get his head back into school. But his heart is clearly with racing.
(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – December 19, 2014) – Patrick Staropoli could not have imagined he’d be on top the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards test charts Friday at Daytona Int’l Speedway. That’s because, as of the night before, he had no idea he’d even be at the “World Center of Racing”.