Final yr in simply her second profession Professional Inventory race Camrie Caruso picked up her first win gentle on the NHRA Arizona Nationals. That spherical win gave the rookie a great deal of confidence that carried her by means of a robust rookie marketing campaign that included a No. 1 qualifier a number of weeks later in Houston and her first ultimate spherical look on the similar nationwide occasion. On the finish of the season Caruso was topped NHRA Rookie of the 12 months and now the second yr professional is seeking to return to the location of her first win gentle together with her sights set on securing her first win. Caruso will likely be wheeling her Powerbuilt Instruments Chevrolet Camaro with a brand new workforce and crew chief.
“Final yr we certified within the high half of the sphere on the Winternationals to start out the season after which obtained our first win gentle on the Arizona Nationals,” stated Caruso, a 3rd technology drag racer. “I can’t clarify the sensation of seeing that win gentle come on at Wild Horse Cross Motorsports Park final yr. A lot time and vitality went into simply getting our workforce organized to race final yr. I’m trying ahead to getting again with my new KB Titan Racing workforce and turning on much more win lights this weekend.”
Over the low season Caruso jumped on the alternative to affix KB Titan Racing and grow to be a teammate with multi-time Professional Inventory world champion Greg Anderson, 2021 NHRA Rookie of the 12 months Dallas Glenn and second-generation driver Kyle Koretsky. The brand new alliance has freed up Caruso’s time to focus much more on enhancing her driving abilities and constructing her advertising and marketing workforce of supporters. One in all her largest backers, Powerbuilt Instruments, will likely be on her Chevrolet Camaro for a number of races beginning this weekend. Caruso won’t simply be selling the excellent instrument model but additionally selling CAWA, a non-profit commerce affiliation, representing automotive elements producers, jobbers, warehouse distributors, retailers and program teams. The Affiliation was shaped in 1955 and serves because the voice of the aftermarket elements trade within the West, i.e., Arizona, California and Nevada. CAWA prides itself on high quality customer support to its members and the trade.
“Powerbuilt Instruments is a good firm to be related to and our relationship is about greater than promoting instruments,” stated Caruso, who made a number of appearances for Powerbuilt Instruments within the low season. “By their relationship with CAWA we’re serving to present scholarships and profession alternatives for folks throughout Arizona, Nevada and California. They’re doing nice issues to encourage ladies to get entangled in motorsports in any respect ranges. There are such a lot of alternatives past driving and dealing on race automobiles and CAWA is doing nice issues to advertise this with the assist of Powerbuilt Instruments.”
Final yr Caruso skilled firsts at each NHRA nationwide occasion on her option to her Rookie of the 12 months honors. To rejoice her accomplishments Caruso is teaming up with NHRA announcer Jason Galvin to spend time at every NHRA nationwide occasion speaking to followers about what they’ll anticipate from an NHRA nationwide occasion if they’re first time attendees. The free stage present will happen on Friday at 3 p.m. on the Nitro Alley stage within the pit space. Aptly named “Simply the Fundamentals with 2022 Rookie of the 12 months Camrie Caruso” will give followers the prospect to listen to about what’s going on on the Arizona Nationals in addition to behind the scenes tales from the reigning rookie of the yr.
“I’m trying ahead to collaborating within the Simply the Fundamentals stage present with Jason,” stated Caruso. “I realized a lot final yr and I wish to assist our followers perceive all the things that is occurring on the races. There’s a lot to see and do if I will help a fan have a greater expertise I wish to assist them out. That is one thing new and hopefully followers will take pleasure in listening to some cool and typically humorous tales.”
On the observe Caruso will likely be seeking to proceed to develop as a driver and race her Powerbuilt Instruments Chevrolet Camaro Professional Inventory automobile to spherical wins on Sunday. She is going to get her first shot on the observe on Friday evening throughout the opening day qualifying run. On Saturday Caruso and the Professional Inventory class will get two extra qualifying runs earlier than the 16 quickest Professional Inventory opponents race on Sunday for the coveted NHRA Wally. The race will likely be nationally televised on FS1 all through the weekend.