Jerry Bonkowski | NBCSports.com –
So much has been said over the years about Ryan Newman being one of the first full-fledged college graduates to race in NASCAR. And he has the sheepskin from Purdue University, touting his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, to prove it.
But Newman may soon be knocked off his lofty educated throne.
Remember the name Patrick Staropoli – you may soon be talking about and seeing him in NASCAR’s three pro series
IRWINDALE, Calif. (March 22, 2014) – Patrick Staropoli scored his first career win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with a victory in the NAPA AUTO PARTS 150 at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway on Saturday night.
The win by the 24-year-old driver from Plantation, Fla., marked a return to Irwindale’s Victory Lane for Bill McAnally Racing – which had dominated series competition at the state-of-the-art facility east of Los Angeles between 2001 and 2007. For Staropoli, who started fifth on the grid in the No. 99 PEAK Toyota, the win came in just his third career series start.
Holly Cain, NASCAR.com
As he studied for classes with such daunting titles as: “Multivariable Calculus,” “The Neurobiology of Behavior Physics” and “Crime and Horror in Victorian Literature & Culture” while an honor student at Harvard University, Patrick Staropoli’s mind was always racing.
And so was his heart — more figuratively speaking.
While managing a full course load at one of the world’s foremost academic institutions in preparation for medical school, Staropoli was simultaneously calculating a course that would allow him to pursue his passion for racing — a lifelong aspiration to compete in NASCAR’s highest levels.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (March 15, 2014) – A big charge through the field at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway on Saturday paid off with a career-best finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for Patrick Staropoli.
One of three Bill McAnally Racing drivers competing in the PittLite 125, Staropoli drove his No. 99 PEAK Toyota from 24th on the grid to finish sixth.