Davide Amaduzzi returns to NWAAS in Super Trucks at Tucson Speedway
Five years after his last race on an oval track, Davide Amaduzzi will make his return to NASCAR on July 28 in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series at Tucson Speedway. The Italian driver will take the wheel of a Super Truck fielded by Ricky Bogart Motorsports at the 3/8-mile Arizona track.
Amaduzzi, who already drove for Bogart in 2013 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Sonoma and the chance to return to NASCAR came almost by chance, but the driver from Bologna, Italy feels ready.
“We had a call after 5 years for something totally unrelated and from there it came this opportunity. I have to be honest, I thought about it several times before accepting. It has been five years since I last raced in NASCAR. I’ve been very active in many championships, but NASCAR and oval racing are a totally different beast,” said the Italian, who had the opportunity to take part in a test before making his return official. “It took some time to find the automatisms, but at the end of the day I was happy about the work we did. I’d be a fool if I expected to be immediately competitive. Having some pace in a test is one thing, keeping it during a race is another story. I’ll give my best without setting any specific goal.”
A resident of Las Vegas since two years, Amaduzzi races for Dream Racing Motorsport, taking part – both as driver and as a coach – in the Pirelli World Challenge and in the Super Trofeo Lamborghini North America together with Ryan Hardwick.
Together with his American programs, the Italian driver also raced in Europe in the Endurance Champions Cup at the wheel of a prototype fielded by Emotion Motorsport, winning the championship in 2015 together with Luca Pirri.
In his eclectic career, Davide Amaduzzi raced in the ARCA Truck Series in 2010, while in 2012-2013 he drove in Super Late Model in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and took part in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Sonoma. He also raced in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, becoming the first Italian driver to score a podium finish for an Italian team on an oval – again in 2013 – at Tours Speedway, in France.
As a great NASCAR fan, Amaduzzi is considering the idea of building a more consistent program for 2019.
“For this season I think we’re not going to do more than 2-3 races because I really have too many commitments taking priority, such as PWC and the Super Trofeo Lamborghini, in which I coach Ryan Hardwick, who moved to auto racing with me and Dream Racing and is improving fast. He was also joined by his business partner Justin Price, another very promising driver.. “ said Davide. “I love NASCAR. This is a surprise return, but it would really be awesome to do a complete season in 2019. It’s just too early to think about it. I will enjoy what we are doing this weekend. We’ll think about the rest later.”