MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Visconti Motorsports has announced the addition of driver Mason Diaz for the upcoming ARCA Menards Series East season.
Based in Mooresville, N.C., the team announced on Monday the addition of Diaz as a full-time competitor in the ARCA Menards Series East. Diaz will chase the championship driving the team’s No. 74, and as part of the ride, Diaz, and his family, will bring equipment and sponsorship to combine with the group at Visconti.
“Michael Diaz (Mason’s father) and I have the same goal in mind,” Visconti Motorsports team owner John Visconti said. “We want to give Mason the opportunity to be competitive and compete for wins as well as having some fun along the way. We look forward to our new venture together.”
The team also announced that Daytona 500-winning crew chief and current NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour car owner Tommy Baldwin will crew chief the entry.
“Having Mason become part of our team is a huge step for us,” said Visconti. “Tommy also helps bring us to the next level with engineering and technology. We’re excited for the season.”
Diaz, from Manassas, Va., competed full-time in ARCA Menards Series East last season for Venturini Motorsports, finishing inside the top-10 three times. He also has made select starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Camping World Truck Series, ARCA Menards Series and ARCA Menards Series West, along with a full slate of pavement late model competition.
“I think Mason was getting more out of his equipment than his cars were even allowing,” Visconti said of Diaz’s previous experience. “He wasn’t overly aggressive, but was good. He is excellent with the fans — has a good personality, and has a lot of experience… he has Xfinity starts, Trucks… he has a broad spectrum of experience… I was extremely impressed with his abilities.”
The team’s goal is to end the season by claiming the ARCA Menards Series East championship.
“Absolutely, our goal is 1,000 percent championship, second will not be good enough,” Visconti said. “I feel as though with the talent and experience we have, we should be able to win races.”
Baldwin assisted Visconti in making the move to the ARCA Menards Series a few years ago, and now will join the team to turn the wrenches in hopes of contending for race wins and the title – bringing it full circle.
“I had no clue what went on in North Carolina, running our Modified seemed like the biggest and best I was going to do back then,” Visconti said. “But speaking with Tommy, he guided me into the ARCA Menards Series, and that’s how it all came to be.”