USAC/CRA POINT LEADER ROA READIES FOR BUSY STRETCH BEGINNING SATURDAY AT PERRIS!

After a relaxing time at the river with his wife Tailor last weekend, USAC/CRA and Southwest Series point leader Brody Roa begins a busy stretch of the season this Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway.  All told, the veteran driver will be racing his #91R sprint car nine straight Saturday nights through June 8th. The nine races will be contested on six different tracks.  Three of the races will be in Roa’s home state of California and three will be in Arizona.   The four races in California will be USAC/CRA events and the five in Arizona will be in the USAC Southwest Series.

Roa heads into Saturday’s race on a roll.  Two weeks ago, in front of a packed house, the 28-year-old scored a hard-earned, convincing win at Perris.  The victory allowed Roa to extend his advantage to 14-points in the championship standings heading into this Saturday’s race. 


Saturday’s event at the famous Riverside County clay oval will be the “Sokola Shootout” and will honor past CRA car owner and president Gary Sokola and his son Mark.  Gary Sokola had a long history with the Roa family as his car’s competed against Roa’s cousin Tom Roa Jr.  In addition, the senior Sokola was also named president of the CRA when Tom and Brody’s father Brett raced in that series.


After Saturday’s battle at the base of the Lake Perris Dam, Roa and crew will spend the following two weekends in Arizona at the Arizona Speedway and Canyon Speedway Park as they try to maintain their lofty position at the top of the season-long Southwest Series title chase.  Going into the first Arizona race on April 20th, the Garden Grove, California driver has one second-place finish and two third-place outings in the series first three races.  He will head into the first of the back-to-back weekends in the Copper State with a 12-point lead in the standings. 


Colorful Brody Roa hoodies are available through this Sunday, April 14th.  If you would like to order one (the design is below) please use the following link https://www.brodyroa.com/?post_type=product.  Team t-shirts will go on sale Monday.


Fans who would like to see Roa in action this week can find Perris Auto Speedway at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris (92571).  The Spectator gates will open at 5:00 P.M. and the first race is at 7:00.  The track website is http://perrisautospeedway.com/ and the office phone number is (951) 940-0134. 


Roa fans from out of town can see all the action live or on demand at https://www.floracing.com/ (subscription required).Car owners, if you are looking for someone to shoe your car during the 2019 season, look at Roa’s schedule below.  He is available to race on any night not already on his racing calendar.  Contact him at the phone number and E-mail address in this release.


Fans wishing to stay completely up to date with Brody Roa and the BR Performance squad can do so on the team’s website http://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/br91r/


The BR Performance team would also like to thank the sponsors that make the regular season possible. HD Industries, Burris Racing, “Biker” Bruce Fisher, Molecule, K-1 Race Gear, Norma Leonard, Lee Leonard, NGK Spark Plugs, Baldwin Filters, Driven Racing Oil and Coffman Racing Graphics.  If you or your company would like to join BR Performance’s team for a championship run in 2019, please call 714-932-7994.

ROA WINS PERRIS USAC/CRA MAIN EVENT AND EXTENDS POINT LEAD!

Despite nagging brake issues that his team fought all night, Garden Grove, California’s Brody Roa took the win in the USAC/CRA main event last Saturday in front of a packed house at Perris Auto Speedway.  The victory was the likable drivers second of 2019.

Going into round #3 of the 2019 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, Roa was tied for the championship point lead.  The team was debuting a brand-new black car that was adorned with Roa’s traditional bright green trim and it squared off against 26-others on the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval.  The first matter of business on the night was qualifying.  Roa’s best lap was a 16.856.  That was good enough for eighth in the 27-car field. 


Roa started on the outside of the second row in the stacked second heat race.  The 10-lap war saw the 28-year-old slide as far back as fifth at one point before coming back to finish third and earn his starting spot in the 30-lap feature.

Saturday’s March 30th date was the 23rd birthday of the track affectionately known as “The PAS” to all its fans.  In all the years, starting on the pole in a sprint car race there has been anything but good for most of the drivers.  That is exactly where Roa started in the race that was paying a nice bonus in addition to the regular first place money for the winner.For the first portion of the 30-lapper, Roa did the usual “PAS Pole Sitter Dance.”  He slid back in the field!  He was second at the end of the first lap, third after four go-arounds and was back to fourth by the ten-lap mark.  However, that quickly changed.     

On the 11th lap, Roa found his way back to third.  Three laps later he was in second and he took the lead on lap 16.  A subsequent red flag allowed the crew to make some adjustments to the black and green #91R and that was all she wrote.  Once the race restarted, he methodically inched away from the field and when the checkered flag brought the proceedings to a halt, the veteran had a half straight advantage for his seventh all-time USAC/CRA win and his second at The PAS. 

“I don’t know if I burned the brakes off or what,” the happy racer told the cheering crowd when interviewed after the win.  “We have had brake problems all night long.  We changed all the brake lines and the master cylinder before the heat.  They went away there (in the main).  I was waiting for a bomb from Richard (Vander Weerd) or whoever was back there because I was rolling into the corner so slow.”

“This is one helluva’ team right here,” Roa continued.  “This is the first time we brought this car out.  It is a little different than the one we ran last year.  It works and we made some smart decisions tonight.  If we can figure out the brake problem, we are going to be pretty good this year.”

Roa came into the night tied for the point lead.  After qualifying and the heat races, he had slipped back to third.  But, with the big win, he took the point lead back and has a 14-point advantage heading into the next race at Perris on April 13th
Less than 24-hours after the race, Roa talked about his victory with Michele Spencer and Dave Stall on the “Racer Radio Show.”  You can listen to that interview at the following link http://perrisautospeedway.com/radioshow.htmlCar owners, if you are looking for someone to shoe your car during the 2019 season, look at Roa’s schedule below.  He is available to race on any night not already on his racing calendar.  Contact him at the phone number and E-mail address in this release.

Fans wishing to stay completely up to date with Brody Roa and the BR Performance squad can do so on the team’s websitehttp://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/br91r/

The BR Performance team would also like to thank the sponsors that make the regular season possible. HD Industries, Burris Racing, “Biker” Bruce Fisher, Molecule, K-1 Race Gear, Norma Leonard, Lee Leonard, NGK Spark Plugs, Baldwin Filters, Driven Racing Oil and Coffman Racing Graphics.  If you or your company would like to join BR Performance’s team for a championship run in 2019, please call 714-932-7994. 

POINT LEADER BRODY ROA HEADS TO PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY THIS SATURDAY!

The first year Perris Auto Speedway opened, Brody Roa was a wide-eyed 5-year-old sitting in the grandstands.  This Saturday night, when the track celebrates its 23rd birthday, the now 28-year-old comes into the “So Cal Showdown” as one of the crowd favorites and tied for the point lead in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series.   The veteran driver and his fellow racers will be performing before one of the largest crowds of the year as Saturday’s event will also feature the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and The PAS Senior & Young Gun Sprints.

After a busy stretch where he raced five times in two weeks, Roa has had a couple of weeks off before the season kicks into high gear this Saturday.  From now through the middle of November, if you are looking for the Garden Grove based driver on weekends, the best place to start will be at a racetrack.  After Saturday, he only has one scheduled weekend off until the middle of June.


Roa had a great weekend when the USAC/CRA Series kicked off its 2019 campaign in Peoria, Arizona three weeks ago.  In two nights of racing, he placed second and third in the main events.  Those two finishes propelled him into the current tie at the top of the point standings.

 
The weekend prior to the USAC/CRA Series opener, Roa steered his #91R to a third place in the USAC Southwest Series main event at Central Arizona Raceway.  He currently sits alone at the top of the Southwest series standings and will be back in action with that group at the Arizona Speedway on April 20th


Roa heads into Saturday’s race coming off a fine record at Perris in 2018.  In nine races on the Riverside County half-mile clay oval, he had five top-five finishes and seven-top tens.  Highlighting the efforts was a pair of second-place finishes on April 21st and September 22nd

BRODY ROA LEAVES ARIZONA IN POINTS LEAD IN TWO DIFFERENT SERIES!

Brody Roa has started the 2019 Sprint Car season just the way he hopes to end it.  After two nights of racing in the “Spring Showcase” at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona, Roa is on top of both the USAC/CRA and USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series championship standings.

The two-night co-sanctioned show in Peoria featured the first two races of the year for the USAC/CRA Series and the second and third events on the Southwest Series schedule.  Coming into the racing weekend in the “Copper State,” Roa was third in the Southwest Series, but was only 5-points out of the lead.

For the Friday night program on the 1/3 of a mile suburban Phoenix oval, Roa qualified seventh in the 26-car field.  After starting and finishing fourth in his heat race, the Garden Grove racecar chauffeur was on the pole for the 30-lap main event.

When the green flew to start the race, Roa jumped into the lead and led the opening circuit.  He slipped back to the second spot on lap two and seemed destined to stay there.  However, he pulled to the rear of the lead car in lapped traffic on the 19th go around.  As quickly as that opportunity developed, it was thwarted when a yellow flag slowed the action.From the time the green restarted the race to the checkered, Roa stayed in second for his first runner-up finish of the new season. 

Twenty-four hours later the BRP Team was back at the track for night number two of the “Spring Showcase.”  That time Roa timed in sixth fastest in the 24-car field.  He followed that up with another fourth-place finish in his heat race and started the main event outside of the front row. As soon as the green flag waved, Roa steered his famous, bright green #91R into the point position.  Despite five caution flags and subsequent restarts, the veteran driver stayed in the lead for the first 14-laps before slipping back to the second-place spot.

The 28-year-old briefly fell all the way back to fourth before clawing his way back to second.  He eventually came home third in the 30-lapper.

Thus far through five sprint car races in 2019, Roa has a stellar record with one victory, a single second-place finish, two third place outings and one fourth-place.  Those performances see him tied for the point lead in the CRA Series and he leads the Southwest Series championship standings by 12-points.

Roa has the next two weekends off.  He returns to the cockpit with the CRA Series at Perris Auto Speedway on March 30th.  His next outing in the Southwest Series will be at the Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley on April 20th. Car owners, if you are looking for someone to shoe your car during the 2019 season, look at Roa’s schedule below.  He is available to race on any night not already on his racing calendar.  Contact him at the phone number and E-mail address in this release.

Fans wishing to stay completely up to date with Brody Roa and the BR Performance squad can do so on the team’s website http://www.brodyroa.com/ and Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/br91r/The BR Performance team would also like to thank the sponsors that make the regular season possible. HD Industries, Burris Racing, “Biker” Bruce Fisher, Molecule, K-1 Race Gear, Norma Leonard, Lee Leonard, NGK Spark Plugs, Baldwin Filters, Driven Racing Oil and Coffman Racing Graphics.  If you or your company would like to join BR Performance’s team for a championship run in 2019, please call 714-932-7994. 

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Indiana Sprint Week

With Indiana Sprint Week in our rear view mirror, it is time to thank the people that enabled it to happen. The first Thank You goes out to Mike Z. and Jim Z. of HD Industries. Without their support, BR Performance would not be the powerhouse it has become. Next is Burris Racing. Brody and his BR Performance Team can always count on Mike B when we are up against the wall. Thanks for forgoing many sets of cheater slicks for your hot rod to get us to Indy and back. Lee and Norma Leonard know the pain of touring and we really need to thank Norma for her fund-raising abilities. They helped keep methanol in the tank, food in our bellies and a roof over our heads. These three, along with all our other sponsors kept us on track. Thanks to: “Biker” Bruce Fischer, Molecule, K1 Safety Equipment, NGK Spark Plugs, Driven Racing Oil, Baldwin Filters, Shaver Specialties, Okie Race Cars, Hot Paint Restorations, and Crow Enterprizes

We also need to thank the crew. Zac Bozanich did a great job communicating with Brody and giving him what he needed to get the job done. We tried to use Tyler Stockton up, but he kept coming back for more and we appreciate his hard work. We also need to thank Matt Martini, from Lawrenceburg. He was a welcome addition to our ISW crew and we hope he will join us next year.

There are also some important people we left back in California we need to thank. Joe Gibb worked tirelessly prepping the equipment for ISW. Grandpa Roa and Uncle Bernard made sure the trailer was clean and organized for our journey. Tailor and Momma Roa made sure we were off with clean clothes and took care of the households and pets while we were off. Tim and Tracy Bozanich made sure the team hit the road with supplies to get us to Indy and back and even surprised us with a dinner delivery in Haubstadt.

Many thanks everyone for your support.

Brody and Brett