Robb Brent Focusing On Bigger Picture In 2011
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, March 30, 2011: Robb Brent, the most recent ARCA winner at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway has different goals in 2011 than he had last year. After competing in the full ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season in 2010 driving for Allgaier Motorsports, sponsorship woes have sidelined Brent thus far this year. However, Brent, the Shelby Township, Michigan native is vowing to return to racing in some way, shape or form in 2011.
Currently, Brent spends his days working for his father’s Bob Brent Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in the Great Lakes state but between those duties, Brent himself is pounding the pavement while trying to stay realistic about returning to the series this year.
“It’s not easy not being in a race car,” Brent admitted. “I love racing. Unfortunately, the sponsorship we’ve had over the last couple of seasons could not continue this year, so we’ve had to regroup. I have some things in the works. It’s just really time consuming and sometimes can be extremely frustrating.
I won’t give up though. I want to race and I’m talking to some different teams about some of the ARCA races this season in case sponsorship does come through. Of course, I would like to race at Pocono, the road course at New Jersey and most definitely at my home track at Michigan. Right now, one race, three races or 10 races, I’ll be thankful for whatever I can get.”
Despite not competing on the racetrack, the recent Northwood University graduate is keeping his local charity work in-check which includes activities through the Macomb Charitable Foundation.
“I’m thankful that I developed a great relationship with the Macomb Charitable Foundation,” Brent explained. “Even though, I’m not on the track, it doesn’t mean I can walk away from the people that have supported my racing career.”
Brent also expressed about a new chapter in his racing career that he feels is gaining momentum. “I’m trying to help some of the ARCA Racing Series drivers become more familiar with New Jersey Motorsports Park. I love racing there. In fact, we almost won there last year if not for a mechanical gremlin. I’m chatting with some fellow colleagues about some private test sessions and just going up to the track and working with them on their set-up, their finesse around the track, things like that. Anything like that to keep my name out there is crucial in times like this.”
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