Matt Mead Picked Up By Anthony Campi Racing & PMG

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (Jan. 11, 2016) – Legends car standout Matt Mead announced today he has partnered with one of the top professional late model teams in the south, Anthony Campi Racing (ACR), and has joined the growing, elite portfolio of Performance Marketing Group (PMG) drivers in order to assist in his career aspirations towards higher levels of motorsport. Mead is a 17-year old racing prodigy who has quickly drawn the attention of many industry insiders as a top prospect over the last few years.

In late December, ACR scheduled a private test at New Smyrna Speedway for Mead to climb behind the wheel of a pro late model for the first time in his career. Over the two day track session, both ACR and PMG evaluated Mead for various abilities and skillsets beneficial to his career advancement as a racer. Although he has proven to be a quick study in all of the racecars he has piloted in his career thus far, this was the most pressure-packed test of Mead’s career where industry insiders were able to see how he handled the move to bigger, more-powerful racecars.

“I went to Florida expecting to get used to the car and ride a little bit with the goal of picking up speed as my runs went on,” Mead said of his testing opportunity with ACR. “I was pretty nervous to be getting into a late model for the first time because of the unexpected, not knowing what the car is going to do. But from the first run, I started to feel comfortable with the car and picked up speed each time. By the end of day one, we were running competitive times. For my first time working with the team, going to the shop and to the track, I was definitely impressed with them and they’re someone I’m certainly excited to be working with.”

“The test went phenomenal,” said Anthony Campi when asked about the two days at New Smyrna with Mead. “Matt over-exceeded everyone’s expectations for his debut in a full-size stock car. I was overly impressed with his note-taking skills and how every move he made throughout the two-day test was well thought out and methodical. I am very excited to see what the future holds for him.”

Campi is no stranger to developing talent on a national level. Last year, Campi fielded winning cars for Minnesota driver Cole Anderson who was recently tabbed by racing media as one of the top ten talents in short track racing to watch in 2017. Over the course of 2016, ACR and Anderson won back-to-back events in the Southern Super Series, was a championship contender during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, a pole threat for the Snowball Derby and a multi-time winner during the annual Oktoberfest race week in Wisconsin. Overall, the pairing took home eight high profile wins during the season.

“Matt has shown us he can make quick laps around the track with very little experience in a stock car,” Campi added when asked about expectations. “My expectations are to start by simply finishing races and for him to learn how to become a better racer, work on his car control, passing cars, and to get an overall feel for what the limits are.  Matt has had a lot of success in Legend cars and I believe that will take him a long way in the stock car ranks with the experience he has had in his early years.”

As Campi was aware of prior to the test, Mead’s racing pedigree is one of higher esteem. As a child, he was introduced to Bandolero racing at his home track of Lake Erie Speedway in Pennsylvania. Just two years ago, he stepped up into Legend cars and quickly came up to speed, winning races almost instantly. Last summer, Mead finished second in the prestigious Bojangles’ Summer Shootout championship in only his second attempt at the title and won 30% of the races run. After impressing reps from Performance Marketing Group and car owner Anthony Campi at the test, Mead worked with the two parties to establish a schedule for his first year racing full-size cars.

“J.R. and his staff played a prominent part in getting this deal put together with a very competitive, high-caliber –really one of the best race teams in the country,” Mead explained when asked about the opportunity. “I wouldn’t be where I’m headed without PMG’s assistance. I’m really looking forward to working with everyone and it’s going to be up to me, the driver, to do everything I can to get the most out of the car, the equipment, and this opportunity so everyone’s hard work can pay off.“

“I first became aware of Matt through his success at the Summer Shootout,” said J.R. Longley, president of Performance Marketing Group. “Once I could evaluate him in a dedicated, at-track setting, I was instantly amazed at his focus, drive and determination. The feedback he gave to the team was detailed and spot-on. He consistently made notes about everything from feelings he experienced in the car to what he needed to do in order to improve. Matt definitely has all the qualities to go places in this sport.”

While Mead plans to be in attendance observing the ACR operation during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in February at New Smyrna Speedway, his first race will be later in the year. Mead is scheduled to open his pro late model career at New Smyrna on Saturday, April 1, with ten additional events on the schedule throughout the year including the Governor’s Cup 100.

For more information on Matt Mead, visit his website at MeadRacingTeam.com and follow him on Facebook (@meadracingteam), Twitter (@mead_24) and Instagram (@mattmead24).

Performance Marketing Group is an industry leader in driver management and career services with success stories and happy clients throughout the industry. More information about PMG can be found online at RacingPMG.com in addition to Facebook (@RacingPMG) and Twitter (@RacingPMG).

Anthony Campi Racing is a professional, championship race team based outside of Sarasota, Fla., who fields cars for various drivers across the country. ACR invites fans and followers to connect with them on Facebook (@AnthonyCampi81), Twitter (@AnthonyCampi) and Instagram (@AnthonyCampiRacing).

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