Brittney Zamora will drive for Rette Jones Racing during the ARCA Menards Series opener at Daytona Int'l Speedway.
Brittney Zamora will drive for Rette Jones Racing during the ARCA Menards Series opener at Daytona Int'l Speedway.

Rette Jones Tabs Zamora For Daytona ARCA Opener

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Officials from Rette Jones Racing announced Saturday morning that Brittney Zamora has been tapped to drive the team’s No. 30 Ford Fusion in the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire ARCA Menards Series season opener on Feb. 13 at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

Team co-owner Mark Rette will guide Zamora as she prepares to make her superspeedway ARCA debut.

Square1 Flex, VISA, Pit Road Pals and Davis Groupe Promotions will serve as Zamora’s marketing partners for the first ARCA Menards Series race of the year.

A native of Kennewick, Wash., Zamora burst onto the racing scene with success in the Northwest Super Late Model Series in 2017 and ’18 and became the first female to win a championship in the series.

Zamora carried the title honors for two consecutive seasons, drawing the attention of many, including ARCA Menards Series West championship team Bill McAnally Racing who signed her for a full ARCA Menards Series West schedule in 2019.

In her rookie ARCA West season, she scored two poles, netted six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes and captured fifth in the championship standings. She earned a career-best third twice at Tucson (Ariz.) Speedway and Evergreen (Wash.) Speedway.

She joined Jefferson Racing in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic played havoc with her racing schedule, leaving her to piece races together on a variety of different levels.

“I am really excited to be joining Rette Jones Racing for my first superspeedway race,” said Zamora. “It is going to be a great experience and I am going to learn a lot. Daytona is a track I have always dreamed of racing at.

“I am confident in Mark (Rette), the RJR team and myself to be successful at Daytona. If luck stays on our side, I know we will have a strong chance to be in contention for a podium and possibly even a win.”

Rette Jones Racing is no stranger to success at Daytona. In January 2020, the Mooresville, N.C.-based team topped the speed charts with female driver Dominique Van Wieringen and contended for a top-five finish before being swept into an accident nearly halfway into last February’s race.

In 2017, RJR finished second in the ARCA season-opener with team co-owner Terry Jones, who led 25 of the event’s 80 laps. Jones was preparing to a potentially winning move in the closing laps, but a late-race caution forced the event to end under yellow flag conditions.

“I’m excited,” said Rette. “Brittney should be too. I really feel like our No. 30 Square1 Flex Ford Fusion is going to be fast and I know Brittney isn’t afraid to drive, so we should be right up there with the best of the best in the series.

“I’m glad she turned some laps during the open ARCA Menards Series test in January and hopefully that track time will prove to be valuable for when she climbs aboard our race car with an opportunity to become the first female winner in ARCA national series history.

“We had that chance last year with Dominique but came up short. I’m thankful to have a second opportunity to do that this year with Brittney.”

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