DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2017) – Growing up just minutes from Daytona International Speedway, it has been Michael Lira’s dream to compete at the iconic 2.5-mile, high-banked superspeedway. For years, he watched his own father race at the track, so from a young age he knew he wanted to do the same. On Saturday, Lira will make his restrictor plate racing debut at Daytona in the 54th running of the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire.
“It still doesn’t seem real to me that less than a week from now I’ll be taking the green flag at Daytona International Speedway in a stock car,” said Lira.
“I feel great about our chances coming out of the test, but win or lose, running this race is a dream come true for me.”
Lira is pairing with fellow Floridian Josh Williams for the race. Williams is set to crew chief Lira for the 200-mile contest.
“It would be pretty cool if we could win Daytona with a Floridian driver and crew chief. Josh [Williams] has been great to work with. It’s great to have someone in a leadership role on the team who has current driving experience.”
Get to Know Michael
Nineteen-year-old Port Orange, Florida driver Michael Lira began racing in ARCA competition in 2013, finishing a career-best seventh at Salem Speedway. After 27 starts in four years, he has earned multiple top-10 finishes. He has also qualified a career-best fourth at four different tracks. In addition to his ARCA experience, Lira has competed in the FASCAR Pro Truck Series and the Florida United Pro-Truck Series as well as in Pro-Late Mode and Super Late Model competition. Lira’s racing resume also includes experience behind the wheel in SCCA and IMSA sports car competition, including a start in the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2015.
Follow Michael and Lira Motorsports
Be sure to follow Michael and Lira Motorsports on social media throughout the week; Facebook/MichaelLiraRacingOfficial, /LiraMotorsportsFL; Twitter- @michaellira1, @LiraMotorsports.
The Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway will air live on FS1 Saturday, February 18 at 4 p.m. ET. The ARCA Racing Series takes to the track for practice Thursday from 4-6 p.m., with final practice following Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. ARCA Racing Series Pole Qualifying (group qualifying) will take place Friday at 3:30 p.m. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all on-track action Thursday through Saturday.
About MOMO Motorsport: MOMO’s product line includes consumer accessories such as steering wheels, gear shift knobs and alloy wheels, through to race equipment such as racing suits and helmets. They bring to the market the finest Italian style, a long tradition of quality, and their racing experience of many years, and technological innovation respectful of the environment. They turn cars from simple tools into a way of life. You can visit them at momo.com.
About Safecraft Safety Equipment: Safecraft is a supplier of safety equipment for motorsports, aviation, and marine industries. They specialize in high quality fire suppression systems that are used in a very wide range of racing. Their extinguishers are used more than any other brand in NASCAR, NHRA, and SCCA. You can visit them at safecraft.com.
About ROUX Helmets: ROUX Helmets was founded by veteran drivers Juan Carlos LeRoux and Toto Lassally in 2014. Their helmets are “cutting-edge” in the motorsports industry with key features like the Release Equipped System. Safety is a number one priority to Roux. They provide helmets, gear bags, and various other essentials for racecar drivers. You can visit them at rouxhelmets.com.
About Lira Motorsports: Lira Motorsports is a multi-car, multi series race team owned by Carlos and Amanda Lira. Lira Motorsports’ racing programs are operated from a 30,000-square foot compound in Port-Orange, Florida, just minutes from Daytona International Speedway. http://liramotorsports.com/