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BRUNELLI TO RACE NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES WEST CAR AT PHOENIX
SACRAMENTO, CA (October 22, 2011) - 18 year old, Jessica Brunelli, will drive the 88 Pick-n-Pull Chevy Monte Carlo at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season finale at Phoenix International Raceway.
Brunelli has had two seasons in the NASCAR Driver for Diversity (D4D) program racing in the Whelen All-American Series.
In June 2011, Brunelli tested the number 88 K&N car with Naake Motorsports, and went on to drive for them at the Bullring in Las Vegas, Infineon, and Roseville.
“She raced smart and got a lot of media attention”, says team owner Mike Naake.“Pick-n-Pull became interested after seeing Brunelli at Infineon. They felt she would represent them well and they really like the fact that Jessica is a positive role model for young girls.”
Naake – Klauer Motorsports of Roseville California, a newly formed partnership between Naake Motorsports and Tom Klauer Motorsports, will run the K&N Pro Series West in 2012. They are in talks with potential sponsors, including Pick-n-Pull, and are considering running a late model in the Whelen All American Series.
The team is racing some late model events with another up-and-coming young woman, 17 year old Mindy McCord from Billings, Montana. The 2012 K&N Pro Series and the Whelen All American Series seats for Naake-Klauer Motorsports are not yet contracted, but both young women are candidates.
“Brunelli is high on our list of driver candidates for our K&N team for next season”, says Mike Naake.
Brunelli has been racing just about anything she can get her hands on since she was seven years old, starting with go karts, then quads, modified, and late models.
In addition to NASCAR’s D4D program, Brunelli has participated in several other driver development programs including Ron Sutton’s Winner Circle, Finishline Racing School, and Lyn St. James Women in the Winner’s Circle Academy.
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