up race fans, we're going to take a ride with Central California
hot shoe Ricci Faria...
us a little about yourself Ricci......
Ricci: Well, I'm married now, 11 years to Tricia. We have three
kids Tanner 9, Karsyn 6, and Avery who is 3.
plans on getting the kids out there racing?
Ricci: You'll see my son some time in the future, but not yet. I'm
not ready for that, and he plays all the the other sports now
(soccer, golf, baseball). The girls are my dancers, and soccer
players. That is as far as me and Mom are going to let them, no
does your wife Tricia handle your racing?
She loves the races once we are there. As far as the weekly
maintenance or crash repair that goes on during the week
"NO". Mainly because the race shop is at my Dads and
there are those late nights when I'm not home.
your plans for '05?
I think you'll see us run about the same schedule as last year.
Mostly with the wing, with The Golden State Challenge Series (410)
and California Rebel Cup (360). Also a little non-wing when
they're close and we're free.
are a few different Faria's that race in California. Can you
explain to the fans who is related to who?
Mike and Danny Jr. from Tipton are brothers. I myself am not
related. They are old friends with the same last name playing the
were a two time Plaza Park Champion......
Yes that's where we started racing in 89 (a.k.a the car number).
Won the first Championship in 1990 in The Lightning class (250cc
twin). The other was in 1994, in The Mini Sprints (1200cc) class.
did you make the jump into sprint cars?
The Mini Sprint Car counts were going down, so I sold it all. I
figured that if I didn't sell when I was winning, I couldn't give
it away later. So I bought a 360 from Morrie Williams, and a
roller from Dennis Roth. Dennis might not know this, but, with out
his help, my team would not be where we are today. I bought a lot
of stuff, and still do from Beef Packers.
you moved up, besides the increase in horsepower, what took the
longest to get used to?
I think just the weight transfer. The Sprint Cars move around a
was your first race?
My first 360 race was at Hanford. But I did go to Tulare that same
day for play day, but hit the wall and bent one of only two of my
right rear wheels.
you tell us what it was like racing your first Sprint Car race?
It was awesome, I won that first night in Hanford! One right rear
and all! What was funny was when it was over, I was mad because I
thought I drove like crap. But then I was told, that's the way
Sprint Cars are, all over the place!
have raced with the wing and without. Can you explain what it's
The winged car leans to the left in the corners. The non-wing car
feels like its on two wheels, mine usually is! But all in all,
they're both fun to drive, but I do prefer the wing.
kind of surface best suits your driving style?
I like them all, just as long as the car is fast!
strapped in with you Ricci! Where would you have me run the car at
say a tacky Hanford and why?
The top, especially in the 360 because of the momentum. The 410
really doesn't matter, just run where the other guy isn't.
under yellow in the "A". You have TK sitting in 2nd
Steve Kent is 3rd. You're idling around the track, what are some
thoughts that would be going through your head?
Just don't screw up. Those two guys are fast, so you have to be on
would you say is the fiercest competitor you have raced against?
I really couldn't say, everywhere you race the competition is
fierce. We all want to win!
track is your favorite to get the elbows up at and why?
I like both Tulare and Hanford for different reasons. Tulare, the
wall keeps the race tight. Hanford the wide open feeling running
around the top.
tracks that you're itching to get after it at?
Maybe Las Vegas again, or anywhere outside of California. I think
we might hit Washington and Oregon this year or next year.
date, what is your biggest accomplishment in racing?
Probably my whole Sprint Car team. Because I built it from one car
and motor, to three cars and four motors.
goals you have set for yourself this year?
Yeah, just to win races. I don't really get tied up in the points,
so it's all about winning.
their anyone you would like to thank?
My brother Mike, he's crew chiefed the car since we started in
1989. The crew; Alan, Brent, Bill, Corrbit, John. These guys are
great. Sponsors Darrell Green Trucking, The Trailer Co., Mark
Tigner Financial and Insurance Programs, Fabre Jewelers, Betty
Bright Cleaners, and Visalia Powder Coating, they are all a big
want to take this time and thank you for allowing me the honor of
interviewing you my friend. I wish you the best this year.
Thank you its been fun and hope to see you and everyone that reads
this at the races. Or see us on the web at www.RicciFariaRacing.com
got it buddy.......
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