Ty Majeski makes his first left turn tomorrow in the ARCA Racing Series’ Montgomery Ward 200, at the Madison (WI) Speedway. It is expected to set a path towards a successful career in NASCAR’s major leagues
The Midwest Late Model standout, recently selected as member of the NASCAR Next class for budding stars, has two key components in his corner. He’s Roush Fenway Racing’s newest development driver and he’s got the competition support of Roulo Bros. Racing.
You may not be familiar with the team — who has a history and track record of creating champions in stock car racing.
In 1979, Gary Roulo and his brother, Rusty, formed Roulo Brothers Racing. Together, they established a brand associated with winning and have had some of the nation’s best talents behind the wheel.
Among the drivers that have competed for RBR are Alan Kulwicki, Darrell Waltrip, Ken Schrader, Dick Trickle, Joe Ruttman, and more recently the likes of Kyle Benjamin, David Ragan, and reigning XFINITY Series champion, Chris Buescher — who also won the ARCA title with the Roulo Bros. in 2012.
This weekend, Majeski will join the list.
The 21-year-old, the Seymour, Wisconsin driver already has many accolades. A two-time ARCA Midwest Touring champion, Majeski has scored wins in some of the most prestigious late model races in the country.
He has taken the checkers home at New Smyrna in the 2015 Governor’s Cup and the 2016 World Series of Asphalt Championship and he’s no stranger to Victory Lane at Madison International Speedway, where he makes his ARCA debut, having won both the 4oth Annual Rattler 250 and Joe Shear Classic earlier this year.
Originally, RBR set out to go racing in the American Speed Association (ASA) with their first race at the Milwaukee Mile in 1979, but they have since made a name for themselves in the ARCA Racing Series as a developmental team for Roush Fenway Racing.
RBR started winning races in the ‘80s and they haven’t stopped since.
It was 2005 when the Roulo Bros. and Roush Fenway Racing formed an collaborated to groom talent in the ARCA Racing Series, before they got to RFR at the NASCAR level.
David Ragan served as the first true development driver for the team. Ragan went on to win XFINITY and Sprint Cup Series races for RFR.
2016 will mark the 30th consecutive season competing in at least one ARCA event for Roulo Brothers Racing, yet they don’t wave their own flags very high.
“We’ve been doing this for a long time,” Gary said, “but that’s because we’re dedicated to grooming talent for the NASCAR ranks. I feel we’ve been successful at doing that and it’s what drives us to work hard.”
In the driver development world, Roulo Bros. Racing isn’t the first name to come to mind.
Said Roulo, “Yeah, we don’t really make a big deal out of it. We don’t do any marketing and we’re kind of under the radar. But at the end of the day, when you have a team like Roush Fenway sending drivers your way, that’s probably enough of an endorsement for us.”
The team doesn’t just provide competitive equipment.
“You can give a kid the best stuff, throw him the keys and hope for the best — knowing that you’ve done your job,” he continued, “but we also serve as driver coaches and mentors. We’ve been to all the tracks so we can offer a lot of advice.”
Gary and his team aren’t the only ones who help develop drivers, but they’ve been one of the most successful.
“A lot of teams offer ‘driver development’ programs, but that’s not really an accurate definition,” Roulo said, “that’s more of a driver opportunity program. Kids and their families bring money to get fast cars. But we offer a lot more because we’ve seen just about every scenario in the development process.”
Ty Majeski, who led both practices and starts 7th on the grid, could be another success story for Roulo Bros. Racing and Roush Fenway. It all begins tomorrow at 2:00 PM Central.
Part Two will be published here on Tuesday.
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