Mooresville, North Carolina (Thursday, January 29, 2015): Prior to the start of the 2015 racing season, Chad Finley Racing made the move to a new race shop in Mooresville, North Carolina. The CFR Driver Development program in conjunction with 220 Ventures and led by Wayne Setterington Jr., is equipped with a 12,000 square foot race shop that is fully equipped with all the necessary equipment for building and maintaining racecars. With the move complete and Finley himself having made one start already in 2015, the focus now shifts to the Driver Development program with the signing on of Robby Lyons.
The 26-year-old driver originally from Clearwater, Florida, a Legends Car standout, has signed with CFR for the 2015 racing season and will compete full-time in the 10-race schedule within the CARS Super Late Model Tour beginning on Saturday, March 28th at Southern National Motorsports Park, located east of Raleigh/Durham in Kenly, North Carolina. The 4/10s (0.400) semi-banked paved oval in the Tar Heel State will mark Lyons’ debut in a Super Late Model and he couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity.
“I know 2015 is going to bring a new set of challenges, but for those that know me, I feed off challenges. I can’t wait to start testing and see what these incredible machines can do.” Stated the transplanted Floridian who now calls Kannapolis, North Carolina home. “I’m definitely going to be listening and learning as much as I can, I’m excited to race with some of the most talented drivers in the Southeast, and the nation. I feel the biggest challenge will be generating the patience needed to withstand the longer distance of these races, and physically when it comes to the longer green flag runs, and just the overall structure of the race.” He added.
Lyons will be the first driver to join the new Driver Development program with CFR and 220 Ventures and he couldn’t be more pleased; “I was ecstatic to get the call from Chad and I’m so excited about working with the team. I’m honored to be a CFR development driver, I feel like both myself and the CFR team will bring to the table all the ingredients needed to compete at the highest level in 2015.” Lyons continued.
“CFR has a commitment to being the best, both on and off-track. From the preparation at the new shop in the heart of racing country, to the many short tracks in the Southeast, all the way to the 1.5 mile speedways that are in the nearing future. I couldn’t be happier to call CFR my new home.” He added. “My goal for 2015 with CFR is to reach the goals set by my team and myself, as well as earning the respect of my crew, my team owner and fellow competitors. I can’t wait for March; it’s going to be a great season and a great year. I’m ready to kick it into high gear.” He ended.
After beginning his racing career in Motocross racing at just six years old, he spent the next 16 years becoming one of the top riders in the state, winning two Amateur Motocross Championships. In 2013, he made the move to racing of the four-wheeled variety in a Legends car and in 20 starts that rookie season; he scored two Feature wins as well as 10 top fives and 15 top 10 finishes.
The 2014 season was a banner one for Lyons as during the U.S. Legend Cars Winter Nationals; he acquired four top three showings in five starts and finished second in the Winter National Points. The season really took off when he captured the 2014 Texas Motor Speedway Battle at the Big Top II Championship as well as securing the 2014 Florida State Points Championship. He also finished second in the U.S. Legend Cars Asphalt Nationals and second in the U.S. Legend Cars ROC (Race of Champions). Overall in 36 starts, he scored 16 Feature Wins including a span of eight in a row, while also scoring 22 top five’s and 30 top 10 finishes.
In addition and in two starts running in a Late Model Stock machine, he finished fifth in his full bodied stock car debut at Caraway Speedway (NC) and backed that up with a sixth place showing in his second career start in the Late Model Sportsman type machines. Late in 2014, Lyons tested an ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards machine for Randy MacDonald Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway (FL) during the December test and was shown 21st overall in the two-day test with a best average lap of 180.420 mph.
For the 2015 racing season, Lyons will steer a #2 Chad Finley Racing / 220 Ventures / Chevrolet and will carry sponsorship support and decals from Sunwest Construction as well as the Muvi K-Series, Veho, Air-Type, PSI of Clearwater, Florida, Airwest Air Conditioning Incorporated and M.P.H. Promotions.
For more information about Robby Lyons and to inquire about sponsorship opportunities for the 2015 racing season with CFR and 220 Ventures, the CFR website is located at: www.chadfinleyracing.com Robby Lyons’ own website is located at: www.robbylyonsracing.com You can follow CFR on Facebook and Twitter by going to the following links: www.facebook.com/chadfinleyracing and www.twitter.com/chad_finley and clicking on the “Like” and “Follow” buttons respectively. For Lyons, go to www.facebook.com and search for ‘Robby Lyons Racing’