Fort Worth, TX (December 28, 2022) Josh Bilicki, a regular in NASCAR’s top three series, is set to compete in his first ever dirt midget race at the historic Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals. Bilicki will drive the 7C entry for Ramco Speed Group, a Texas based dirt midget team fielding four cars at the 2023 Chili Bowl. Primary sponsorship comes from Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts, with Rich Mar Florist and The BOSS serving as associate sponsors.
Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts will serve as the primary sponsor aboard Bilicki’s dirt midget. Elliott’s an authorized trailer and golf cart dealer serving all of northern Indiana. The company has deep roots in motorsports, as it’s late founder, Tony Elliott, was a very accomplished racer and one of USAC's greatest ambassadors. Tony's outgoing personality also led to great success for his Elliott's Custom Trailers business, where he sold race trailers and custom golf carts. Bilicki raced to a top-ten finish at Daytona in 2022 with Elliott’s as a primary sponsor.
Also featured on Bilicki’s car will be the Tony Elliott Foundation. Through Tony’s business, he gave back to the sport he loved so much by sponsoring drivers and events. His wife Cindy has continued these contributions both through the business and the foundation.
“The Chili Bowl Midget Nationals meant a great deal to Tony Elliott and was a big part of his racing dream,” says Cindy Elliott, president of Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts. “Elliott’s Custom Trailers and the Tony Elliott Foundation is proud to continue our partnership with Josh Bilicki Racing on dirt, racing for the Golden Driller. The same dream Tony had and we know he will be looking down smiling.”
Rich Mar Florist and The Builders Outlet Super Store join Bilicki for his dirt midget debut. Rich Mar Florist has been the Lehigh Valley's local florist since 1955. From small beginnings the company has grown to provide floral arrangements at events large and small. The Builder’s Outlet Super Store was founded in 2009 by Richard Bell. The BOSS has become the go-to source for flooring and fencing in DFW.
The 37th annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals will take place on Sunday, January 8th through Saturday, January 14th on a 1/4-mile dirt oval track at the Tulsa Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With over 15,000 fans in attendance, NASCAR calls it the "biggest Midget race of the year". It is nicknamed the "Super Bowl of midget racing". All races will be broadcasted live on FloRacing.
About Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts:
Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts is an authorized inTech Trailer, United, Featherlite, ATC, Legend, Alumitech, Haulmark, and EZ Go dealership serving the greater Warsaw, Indiana-area. We are proud to carry a large selection of new and pre-owned inventory. When you are ready to invest in a new trailer, our friendly and knowledgeable sales, financing, service, and parts departments are prepared to make sure your experience is outstanding. To learn more, visit Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts online at www.elliottscustomtrailers.com, or call 800-766-1886.
About the Tony Elliott Foundation:
The mission of the Tony Elliott Foundation is to continue Tony's love for racing and financially support worthy recipients in the racing community. Tony Elliott was a very accomplished racer and one of USAC's greatest ambassadors. He was a two-time USAC National Sprint Car Champion (1998 and 2000), back in the day when it took being the best overall driver both on dirt and pavement. Tony’s accomplishments included 40 USAC National victories (26 Sprint, 9 Midget, and 5 Silver Crown). Tony also had hundreds of non-sanctioned Sprint Car wins and 11 track championships.
More important than all his numerous racing accomplishments was just how likable Tony was. You'd see him strolling around the pits and he seemed to always have a smile on his face. He was the kind of guy you just always wanted to stop and say hi to, and he always made time for his fans and friends at the track. To learn more, visit the Tony Elliott Foundation online at www.tonyelliottfoundation.com.
Zeigler Auto Group, Josh Bilicki Team up with Live Fast Motorsports for 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Season
Zeigler Auto Group, Josh Bilicki Team up with Live Fast Motorsports for 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Season
Zeigler Auto Group today announced that it will be continuing its support of Josh Bilicki as primary sponsor of Live Fast Motorsports' No. 78 Camaro for the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Season. The Zeigler-sponsored No. 78 Chevy Camaro will debut at Circuit of Americas.
KALAMAZOO, MICH. (December 12, 2022) - Zeigler Auto Group will serve as primary sponsor onboard Josh Bilicki's new No. 78 Camaro for Live Fast Motorsports through the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Season. As the youngest team in NASCAR, Live Fast Motorsports welcomes Bilicki and Zeigler Auto Group in an exciting new partnership driving the No. 78 Camaro. The Zeigler.com Chevy Camaro will make its official debut at Circuit of the Americas on Sunday, March 26, 2023
"We had a great season last year with Josh, and we are excited to partner with Live Fast Motorsports for 2023. Having our new team onboard gives us a fresh start on the track with owners that are focused on performing among the best at each race," said Aaron Zeigler, president, and owner.
With midwestern roots across Michigan, Chicago, Indiana, and Wisconsin, Zeigler Auto Group is among the top 1% ranking automotive dealerships across the United States. Tying these roots to Bilicki-a Wisconsin-based driver-is a natural connection to Ohio native Matt Tifft, part owner of Live Fast Motorsports with BJ McLeod. McLeod looks forward to working with Bilicki again, as Bilicki formerly raced with McLeod's NASCAR Xfinity Series team.
Looking forward to 2023, Bilicki will pilot the Zeigler-sponsored No. 78 Camaro at multiple races. A major highlight will be racing at the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series Race at the Chicago Street Course during July fourth weekend. Additionally, the FireKeepers Casino 400 at the Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, August 6, 2023; and the Verizon 200 at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway the following weekend on the 13th, among other races.
Last year, Bilicki drove the Zeigler.com-sponsored Chevrolet, earning a top-10 finish at Daytona and scoring a top-20 finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Other highlights for Bilicki include a top-10 finish at the 2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona, 72 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series; nine in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series; plus 71 starts on his NASCAR Cup Series resume. Bilicki is currently the only driver from Wisconsin competing in the NASCAR Cup Series.
"Live Fast Motorsports is thrilled to welcome Josh Bilicki and Zeigler Auto Group to the team in 2023," said co-owner of Live Fast Motorsports, Tifft, and co-owner and driver, McLeod.
"Bilicki and Zeigler Auto Group share a strong relationship and we look forward to teaming up and becoming a part of that for multiple races next season. With Bilicki's great talent behind the wheel and our new ECR motor program, we look forward to continued growth in 2023."
Live Fast Motorsports will now compete under the Chevrolet racing banner after announcing its alliance with ECR engines. By campaigning its new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 throughout the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season, the N.C-based team joins "the winningest manufacturer in NASCAR." ECR Engines has also earned more than 200 victories, including the 2018 Daytona 500, two Brickyard 400 wins, and championships in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, 24 Hours at Daytona & the 12 Hours at Sebring in the IMSA WeatherTech Series, and NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series.
"I am so happy to have the opportunity to join Live Fast Motorsports for the 2023 season and to once again represent the Zeigler Auto Group. The Zeigler team has become like family to me and I have driven for BJ McLeod in the past in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, so this felt like a very natural fit for all parties. I'm excited and thankful for the opportunity and can't wait to get to work," said Bilicki.
Zeigler's Driving Vision Podcast host Sam D'Arc sat down with Tifft, McLeod, Bilicki, and Zeigler to discuss the new partnership for the upcoming 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Season.
New renderings for the Zeigler.com No. 78 Chevy Camaro were also revealed. Click to download high-quality assets.
About Live Fast Motorsports
Live Fast Motorsports is a single-car Chevrolet Camaro team based in Mooresville, NC., competing in the NASCAR Cup Series under the No. 78. The team is co-owned by B.J. McLeod and Matt Tifft. B.J. McLeod also serves as the team's driver. Jessica McLeod, CEO of Live Fast Motorsports, gives a progressive outlook in breaking down barriers in the sport of NASCAR and inspiring opportunities for women in the sport for generations to come.
About Zeigler Auto Group
Zeigler Automotive Group is one of the largest privately-owned dealer groups in the U.S. with 78 franchises across 35 locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Vehicle brands represented include all of the domestic and the majority of the imported manufacturers.
Besides its extensive automotive portfolio, the organization owns and operates Zeigler Motorsports, an 85,000-square-foot motorsports dealership, and action park, offering 19 different powersports brands, plus its own onsite restaurant: Trak Houz Bar & Grill. Additionally, Zeigler Motorsports houses the Elevate Leadership & Team Building Academy, an executive training company.
The Kalamazoo-based dealer group also owns and operates Zeigler Pre-Owned of Chicago, three Byrider franchises, three finance companies, several insurance firms, and a leasing firm.
Founded in 1975, the organization employs over 2,300 people, ranking among the top 1% of automotive dealers in the nation with estimated annual sales of $2.2 billion for 2022. The family-owned and operated company is well known for its commitment to both customer service and employee satisfaction. Zeigler is regularly recognized as one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation, also earning similar accolades in Wisconsin, Chicago, and Michigan. Recently, Zeigler Auto Group came in at no. six in the nation for work-life balance-according to a study conducted by the Glassdoor Economic Research Center. Zeigler was the only automotive company to make the top-10 list.