Turner Motorsports, LLC is pleased to announce that Beau Slocumb will be making his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, piloting the No. 32 Wolfpack Rentals Toyota Camry. Turner Motorsports and Win-Tron Racing, owned by Steve Turner and Kevin Cywinski respectively, have teamed together for Friday evening’s race, which will allow Slocumb to compete for the established Win-Tron Racing team. Slocumb, a native of Macon, Georgia, has raced in numerous Legends Pro Division and ASA Late Model Races, collecting over 129 feature wins. In addition, the Ansell Cut Protection 150 will be Slocumb’s first race at a one-and-a-half mile track.
“I’m very excited and appreciative of the opportunity that Steve (Turner) and Kevin (Cywinski) have given me,” said Slocumb. “To make my first ARCA RE/MAX Series start for two gentlemen who have a winning history is awesome. I went to the shop in Minnesota earlier this week to hang out with the guys and make sure the seat fit, so we are going to have a lot of fun. Hopefully we will leave Chicago with a solid finish and maybe make a trip to Victory Lane.”
Slocumb’s path to this weekend’s race isn’t the standard story. It all started a few weeks before the 2009 season-opening ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Daytona International Speedway, when Slocumb coughed up blood, leading doctors to perform a chest x-ray. The results showed a tumor on Slocumb’s lung, which was a rare-form of soft tissue sarcoma, also known as Synovial Sarcoma. This cancerous disease caused Slocumb to put his racing career on hold and travel to Texas for health treatments. Today, Slocumb is in remission and ready to return to the center stage. Turner and Cywinski are pleased to make this dream a reality.
“My family and I have been through a lot so far this year, but we are ready to start an exciting new chapter,” continued Slocumb. “Racing has always been something that I have loved and enjoyed to do, and going through the cancer process showed me that life is not to be taken for granted. I’ve been blessed to be in remission, but there are a lot of others out there still fighting this disease. Hopefully my racing career will bring awareness.”
In the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season, Win-Tron Racing has posted two wins and numerous top-10 finishes. Driver James Buescher took the No. 32 Toyota to Victory Lane both times, at the legendary Daytona International Speedway in February and at Kentucky Speedway in May.
“I have been able to collect a lot of victories in my career,” Slocumb said. “But to add an ARCA RE/MAX Series win would be a very proud accomplishment. The No. 32 Toyota has proven that it can go to Victory Lane and compete up front every week. Friday’s race is going to be a learning experience since I haven’t raced at a mile-and-a-half track before, but I’m up for the challenge. I will be surrounded with good people and it is going to be a fun ride.”