It is not uncommon for team owners to bring in a “ringer” for the road course races.  Until very recently, NASCAR drivers saw very little when it came to road racing with just the races in Sonoma and Watkins Glen each year.

A long time favourite to bring in to run the road course races is Boris Said; this year Said will be driving the number 66 Bumper.com car for the race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Also racing this weekend at COTA is Brad Perez who will be making his Camping World Truck Series debut.

Last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Perez was a tire specialist for Rackley W.A.R.’s number 25 truck driven by Matt DiBenedetto.  This weekend he will be just one of the drivers on the track racing against DiBenedetto.

A very excited Perez noted that he was “freaking out” after learning he would be getting his chance to race in the Truck Series.

Prior to his Camping World Truck Series debut, Perez has driven Go-Karts, Spec Miatas, Legend Cars, and run in the ARCA Menards Series.  And like all racers today, he has done his share of racing in iRacing.

Perez will be driving for RBR – Reaume Brothers Racing – in the number 43 truck.

When not working in the pits or driving a truck, Perez is a driving instructor at the BMW Performance Center in Greer, South Carolina.

Speaking on his new opportunity, Perez said, “at the end of the day I like to sit in bed and reflect on the day, but I’ve been getting home at midnight or 2am. this whole week, so I haven’t really had time to reflect. I feel like when the national anthem is on, and I’m standing next to the truck, I feel like that’s probably when it’s going to hit me.”  He added, “my parents are going to be there. It’s a big event. It’s COTA. It’s the freaking United States Grand Prix track. It’s super cool. I feel like I’m not going to really grasp it until then.”