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Derek Robbie and DRR Motorsports/MGM score first top ten of 2017

Waterford, CT- In only his fourth start in a tour-type modified DDR Motorsports driver Derek Robbie scored his first top ten finish at Saturday night’s Wings and Wheels event at the New London Waterford Speed bowl. Derek brought his Raceworks chassis/Dodge powered car home in 8th place after 100 laps of close quarters racing.

After starting the day with a few minor growing pains attributed to being a startup team, he continued to grow as a driver and wound up with a finish beyond expectations. “We came into this year looking to log laps and finish the best we can. I’m still learning a lot and to be out there racing with Ted Christopher, Chris Pasteryak and other veterans is awesome” stated the excited Robbie. In his heat race Derek started on the pole position and raced them for several laps before settling for a 4th place finish in the qualifier.

With adjustments made for the big event, the plan remained the same, logs as many laps as possible and come home with a solid finish. Twenty-three cars were starting the 100 lap event with Robbie going off in the tenth position based on his heat race finish.  Racing hard early and having several tight battles for position he settled in near 15th place before slowly moving forward over the next 68 laps where he found himself sitting in fifth place. With a caution on the track, the ensuing restart saw him shuffled back to 10th place and an eventual spin through the infield bringing out another caution. From there forward Derek continued his battle and brought the car home in one piece with an 8th place finish to a happy crew.

Says co-owner Mark Giordano “I can’t say enough how happy we were with the way the car ran tonight. This place has tight racing and 100 laps is a long time. Derek is learning every time he goes on the track and we are ecstatic to come out of here with a top ten. Makes getting ready for next week easier”

The team will now prepare for its next race, a 75 lap event on August 19 at the Beech Ridge Speedway in Scarborough, ME. For Robbie, it will be a return to the track he first raced a modified at when he began his Pro4 racing career at the age of 15. The race program begins 7pm, come out and help cheer Derek on to another great finish.

Great finishes don’t come without great support and DDR Motorsports along with Derek and MGM would like to thank their families for the continued support and encouragement. They would also like to thank their friends and the fans along with his loyal partners for their continued support with racing in 2017.  They include Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH, Marshall’s Jewelers, in Bellingham, MA, Tri-Phase Contractors of North Haven, CT, Bellingham Parts Plus of Bellingham, MA, NH Oil Undercoating of Concord, NH and RH2way Racing Communications of Riverside, NJ.

The team is also looking for additional financial and personnel support as they strive to conquer the rigors of New England short track racing. For those interesting in learning more about marketing partnerships with the race team, contact us by email at doug@ddr-motorsports.com or by phone at 508-966-7044. During the race season be sure to keep up with the actions through LIVE updates and reviews of race days on Twitter @DerekRobbie and Facebook at www.facebook.com/DerekRobbieMotorsports, or www.facebook.com/DDRMotorsportsDevelopment . Also be sure to check out  www.ddr-motorsports.com and www.derekrobbie.com for continuing news about the team.

 

 

Derek Robbie to make first Tour-type Modified start

After a longer than expected winter in New England and a bunch of hard work in the garage, Derek Robbie is ready to make his first Valenti Modified Racing Series start. The 21 year old college student from Bellingham, Ma will pilot the family owned and prepared machine this Saturday at Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH.

Robbie’s background is extensive with open wheel cars being the style he has driven the most in his 12 year career. Starting in Quartermidgets before moving to Microsprints on dirt and then back to asphalt in the New England Pro Four Modified Series, he is up to the challenge in the larger more powerful tour type modifieds. Stated recently “The realization I’m going modified racing is hitting me. It’s only a couple of days away and I’m excited, nervous but excited” says Robbie.

Car leaves the garage for the first time.

Car leaves the garage for the first time.

The #27 DDR Motorsports Development/MG Motorsports prepared Raceworks race car is co-owner by Derek’s father Doug Robbie and Mark Giordano with Giordano leading the team on race days. The car also sports a Dodge engine making the small team unique in the modified world. The co-owners have been long time friends, team mates and competitors, but have always shared the same philosophy about racing. It was only natural at one point they collaborated in an attempt to take on the racing world.

Doug pipes in “We like to be different. Mark and I have always said you can’t beat others by doing what they do, you need to separate yourself. This is our chance to be different and show everyone what we are capable of.”

For its maiden run the team will carry sponsorship from Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH, Tri-Phase Contractors of North Haven, CT, Bellingham Parts Plus of Bellingham, MA, and NH Oil Undercoating of Concord, NH.

The team is also looking for additional support as they strive to conquer the rigors of New England short track racing. For those interesting in learning more about marketing partnerships with the race team, contacting the team by email at doug@ddr-motorsports.com or by phone at 508-966-7044. During the race season be sure to keep up with the actions through LIVE updates and reviews of race days on Twitter @DerekRobbie and Facebook at www.facebook.com/DerekRobbieMotorsports, or www.facebook.com/DDRMotorsportsDevelopment . Also be sure to check out www.ddr-motorsports.com and www.derekrobbie.com for continuing news about the team.

 

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DDR Motorsports, Derek Robbie & MG Motorsports combine to go Tour-Type Modified Racing in 2017

Bellingham, MA, January 6, 2017– For the 2017 race season DDR Motorsports Development and their driver, Derek Robbie have joined forces with Mark Giordano Motorsports (MGM) to campaign a tour-type modified in select events around New England. This union is the realization of an ongoing plan by DDR Motorsports titled Project 17. Both teams are very excited to move up to one of New England’s premier racing classes and test the waters with a rookie driver.

The teams plans on running approximately 5-7 events during the 2017 race season. After an extended search, an Eddie Flemke built Race works chassis with an APE prepared Dodge power plant was purchased for the campaign. Both owners are excited to utilize something different than the rest of the competitors. DDR owner, Douglas Robbie, a thirty year racing veteran, states “I’ve always raced my way and this is nothing new. The challenge of a different chassis and motor combination only make any success more rewarding”.  Currently the car is being disassembled, updated as needed and reassembled in time for some early season practices. The team has on their schedule several practice sessions before a planned debut on May 27 at the Lee USA Speedway.

On the proposed schedule are races at Speedway 51, Seekonk Speedway, Beechridge Speedway, Stafford Speedway and Thompson Speedway. Currently the schedule is not finalized and will be adjusted as needed. The goal of the team is to make sure Derek gets quality seat time in preparation for a more robust schedule in 2018.

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While both owners will be active in preparing the car, MGM owner Mark Giordano, who has 25 plus years racing experience has been named as crew chief and will guide the team on race days. Mark states “I look forward to my continued work with Derek. Doug and I have been friends for over 15 years and I have watched Derek grow up. Over the past few years I’ve worked with them in the Pro4’s and watched Derek come into his own as a driver. He is a fantastic student and strives to learn every time he gets behind the wheel. I see big things for our team with him as the driver.”

Driver Derek Robbie chimes in about stepping up to the big league of New England racing, “I can’t say enough about how thankful I am for the opportunity my dad and Mark is giving me. I’ve always wanted to become a short track hero and this is the next step in achieving that goal.”

No dream comes without support and DDR Motorsports along with Derek and MGM would like to thank their families for the opportunity to fulfill this dream. They would also like to thank their friends and the fans along with his loyal partners for their continued support as he builds towards 2017.  They include Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH, Marshall’s Jewelers, in Bellingham, MA, Tri-Phase Contractors of North Haven, CT, Bellingham Parts Plus of Bellingham, MA, NH Oil Undercoating of Concord, NH and RH2way Racing Communications of Riverside, NJ.

The team is also looking for additional financial and personnel support as they strive to conquer the rigors of New England short track racing. For those interesting in learning more about marketing partnerships with the race team, contacted us by email at doug@ddr-motorsports.com or by phone at 508-966-7044. During the race season be sure to keep up with the actions through LIVE updates and reviews of race days on Twitter @DerekRobbie and Facebook at www.facebook.com/DerekRobbieMotorsports, or www.facebook.com/DDRMotorsportsDevelopment . Also be sure to check out  www.ddr-motorsports.com and www.derekrobbie.com for continuing news about the team.