BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA (February 14, 2012) – After picking up two top-fives in three starts in Bob Bruncati’s Sunrise Ford #9, Derek Thorn will run for the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West championship aboard the #6 Sunrise Ford machine.


Sunrise Ford entries in the series have finished in the top-five in the points in four of the five full-time seasons in which they have competed, racking up 11 wins in the process.


“Just to have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a car in today’s racing scene is a very humbling experience.  But to be able to drive for a team with such a recognizable history is an honor,” Thorn said.  “With the addition of myself the chemistry, communication, and drive to be successful is a great match. I feel I’ve obtained and learned an unfathomable amount as a driver working with Junior and JRC over the past 3 years and feel very grateful to have had and continue to have such great people helping create so much success in my racing career.”


Thorn’s 2012 championship campaign comes on the heels of a 2011 season that saw Thorn put together seven consecutive fast-times and three wins in the SPEARS SRL Southwest Tour along with capturing the pole in the TOYOTA All-Star Showdown with Byron Campbell Racing and winning the Las Vegas Open show.


When Thorn climbed aboard Sunrise Ford’s #9 at Portland International Raceway, it was his first road course start.  Teammate Luis Martinez, Jr. won the race while Thorn finished third.  Thorn followed that up with a strong run at Roseville in October where he was in position to win before getting spun, and he wrapped up his 2011 stint with the team with a fifth place finish against an all-star field at Phoenix.


“I’ve been fortunate enough to get a head start running a few races and testing with Sunrise Ford in 2011 and I think the success and momentum we had will carry into this season,” Thorn said.  “Working with Bob Bruncati and Bill Sedgwick will be a huge stepping-stone for me.”


The success that Sunrise Ford and Derek Thorn enjoyed in 2011 has them eager to get the season started and confident about the possibilities for the 2012 season.  The team has been working very hard preparing for this years campaign. They are extremely focused and will have their eyes firmly planted at the 2012 K&N West Series Championship.


This season’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule will include 15 races with a pair of NASCAR K&N Pro Series, East combination races at Iowa Speedway and four road course events including a new race at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota.  All told, 10 different states are represented on the tour.


Racing action kicks off in early March with the opener at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3rd during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend there.


Derek Thorn would like to thank the following sponsors: Sunrise Ford, Lucas Oil, Eibach Springs, Oakley, and Pepper Jack Kennels.


Race fans can learn more about Derek Thorn at www.derekthorn.com



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