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Patriot Motorsports Group will make their ARCA Racing Series debut next weekend at the annual Daytona test the team confirmed on Sunday. The organization has been based in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with a couple of starts in the eastern series also. The organization is owned by John Wood who has partnered with driver Jesse Iwuji, former and retired NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman. The organization will field up to two cars for four drivers in the test joining a lineup of more than 25 drivers including Codie Rohrbaugh, Chase Purdy, Riley Herbst, Bret Holmes, Sheldon Creed, Gus Dean, among others.
Iwuji, the first of four announced drivers, will pilot one of the vehicles in the test. He has 31 combined starts in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and East. His best career finish in the series came at Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, CA where he finished tenth. Also earning his sole top-10, He earned his best career points finish of 10th in the standings in 2016 and has had multiple Top-10 and Top-5 Late Model finishes at Meridian Speedway.
Jerry de Weerdt has made one career start in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Bakersfield last season where he finished 22nd. de Weerdt has been involved in the ELITE 1 and ELITE 2 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series divisions since 2014 where he has tallied over 60 starts. The Aartselaar, Belgium driver is 48 years old and has earned the Legend Trophy Winner in the ELITE 1 series which is given to dedicated drivers over 40.
Jonas Fors will be joining de Weerdt in the move from overseas to the ranks of the NASCAR series' and ARCA series. Fors has two K&N Pro West starts under his belt coming at All American Speedway (23rd place finish) and at Kern County Raceway Park (27th place finish). The Stockholm, Sweden native is 24 years old and has had previous experience in V8 Thunder Cars and is looking to move that experience over to stock-car racing.
Rob Powers has made five starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West back in 2015. Powers has been an instrumental part of the team as a driver, crew member, spotter, and crew chief. The main reason Powers will be testing is to earn his superspeedway clearance in ARCA which includes tracks like Talladega, Pocono, and a few others. (Koelle,2018)