Austin Theriault forms partnership with South Paris race car builder
Stock car driver Austin Theriault has formed a partnership with Crazy Horse Racing, a company based in South Paris that builds Super Late Model and Late Model race cars.
The Fort Kent native, who has raced at a variety of levels and won the ARCA Series championship two years ago, said he is pursuing deals to drive race cars, including opportunities in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series.
Theriault was a coach last season for 18-year-old MDM Motorsports team driver Chase Purdy in the ARCA Series. He said he would like to continue mentoring young drivers.
The 24-year-old Theriault said he has a variety of other projects in the works for the 2019 season.
Theriault is based in Mooresville, North Carolina, but he will make several trips to the Northeast where Crazy Horse cars will be racing.
Mitch Green, owner of Crazy Horse Racing, said they had 40 Late Models and Super Late Models racing in the region last season.
“One of my goals has always been to continue to have an impact in the Northeast racing community besides driving,” Theriault said. “I feel I have a pretty good ability to make a positive impact on people.”
Theriault, who also has been a crew chief, is confident that he can multitask well and be involved in several different aspects of racing.
Theriault has had a long history with Mitch, Judy and Mickey Green, the family that owns Crazy Horse Racing. He drove Crazy Horse Racing cars on the American Canadian Tour from 2009 to 2012 and earned a victory, 15 top-five finishes and 23 top-10 placements in 32 races.
Theriault said he will be involved in all aspects of the operation, including having input about the building and servicing of the race cars and assisting the drivers and the race teams. He will also work closely with the Greens.
“I want to be known as a pretty diverse person,” Theriault said. “I have been able to experience a lot of different things in my career.
Mitch Green, who is Judy’s husband and Mickey’s father, is elated to have Theriault on board.
“My long-range goal, and it’s not that long from now, is for Austin and Mickey to own this company,” Mitch Green said. “Austin and Mickey have worked together forever. We want to pave the way for this company to continue to grow.
“I like the intensity Austin brings and his skills. We want to take advantage of his assets. I learned early on that Austin doesn’t take any shortcuts and to be successful in business, you can’t take shortcuts,” Green said.
Green, who has owned Crazy Horse Racing since 2008, said they would like to help make racing more affordable and provide educational opportunities at their shop.
Theriault returned to the Camping World Truck Series last year for the first time since 2016, and he finished eighth in the World of Westgate at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for startup team On Point Motorsports.
He supplied them with their first top-10 finish.
In his career, Theriault has five top-10 finishes in 12 races in the truck series.
He also has six NASCAR Xfinity Series races to his credit, 15 K and N Pro Series East events and 22 ARCA races.
In 2017, when he won the ARCA Series points championship for Ken Schrader Racing, he posted seven wins, 16 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes in 20 races.
This article originally appeared on www.bangordailynews.com.