Visconti Motorsports and new driver Mason Diaz are set to chase the ARCA Menards Series East championship in 2021.
Based in Mooresville, North Carolina, the team announced on Monday the addition of Diaz as a full-time competitor in the East Series. Diaz will chase the championship driving the familiar No. 74, and as part of the ride, Diaz and his family will bring equipment and sponsorship to combine with the already established group at Visconti, proven to win races and run inside the top five. Together, all parties are confident in making a championship run.
The team also announced that former Daytona 500 winning crew chief and current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car owner Tommy Baldwin will crew chief the entry.
“Michael Diaz (Mason’s father) and I have the same goal in mind,” said Visconti Motorsports team owner John Visconti. “We want to give Mason the opportunity to be competitive and compete for wins as well as having some fun along the way. We look forward to our new venture together.
“Tommy also helps bring us to the next level with engineering and technology. We’re excited for the season.”
Diaz is no stranger to competition in the upper levels of the sport. The Manassas, Virginia, driver competed full-time in the East Series last season, finishing inside the top 10 three times. He also has selected starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series, ARCA Menards Series and ARCA Menards Series West, along with a full slate of pavement Late Model action. Diaz has already established himself as a competitive racer, and will now have the opportunity to showcase his talent against some of the toughest teams in the business — but Visconti and Diaz are ready for it. They are eager to hit the track at New Smyrna Speedway for Race 1.
“I think Mason was getting more out of his equipment than his cars were even allowing,” Visconti said of Diaz’s previous experience. “He wasn’t overly aggressive, but was good. He is excellent with the fans — has a good personality, and has a lot of experience … he has Xfinity starts, Trucks … he has a broad spectrum of experience. I was extremely impressed with his abilities.”
The goal for the season is simple: hoist the big trophy at the end of the eight-race slate. The season begins in February at New Smyrna Speedway’s World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, and ends at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sept. 16. The team will also compete in a select amount of additional Sioux Chief Showdown events.
“Absolutely, our goal is 1,000 percent championship, second will not be good enough,” Visconti said. “I feel as though with the talent and experience we have, we should be able to win races.”
Baldwin assisted Visconti in making the move to the ARCA Menards Series a few years ago, and now will join the team to turn the wrenches in hopes of contending for race wins and the title — bringing it full circle.
“I had no clue what went on in North Carolina, running our Modified seemed like the biggest and best I was going to do back then,” John Visconti said. “But speaking with Tommy, he guided me into the ARCA Menards Series, and that’s how it all came to be.”
Outside of John Visconti (owner), Marie Visconti (owner), Baldwin (crew chief) and Diaz (full-time driver), multiple other crew members and supporters will follow the team in 2021. On the sponsor front, Solid Rock Carriers, Prince William Marina, Grafix Unlimited, Bomber Eyewear and Visconti Motorsports will back the ride. The Reichert Group IGA Marketplace, which has been a supporter of Visconti’s effort for many years, will return.
Inside the shop, Steve Keller will return as car chief. Additional crew members include Glen Dixon (tire engineer), Austin Green (crew), Michael Visconti (crew), John Condit (crew), Bill Goffin (crew), Brad Roper (crew), Ryan Towels (crew) and Kevin Kowalkowski (crew).