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Rico Abreu might not be a household name among NASCAR fans yet, but the recent winner of the Chili Bowl Nationals indoor midget car event has become well known in open-wheel circles in just a few years. Learn more about this newly-signed K&N Pro Series East driver in this week’s Fast Facts.
- Rico Emanuel Abreu was born Jan. 30, 1992 in St. Helena, CA. He is of Portuguese and Italian decent.
- Abreu began racing Outlaw Sprint Karts in Jan. 2009, winning his first event in Aug. 2009 at Cycleland Speedway in California; in 2010, he won nine features in 11 starts at Cycleland.
- Abreu competed in his first major race, the Chili Bowl Nationals in Oklahoma, in Jan. 2011, and a few months later in May competed in his first winged sprint car race, a World of Outlaws event at Thunderbowl Raceway in California. Abreu was named Taco Bravo 360 Winged Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year in 2011, and participated in his first Australian Sprint Car Tour.
- Abreu raced in midget and winged sprint cars in 2012, capturing the USAC National Midget Series Rookie of the Year title and qualifying for his first Chili Bowl A-Main. He capped off his season with eight wins in a variety of sprint and midget cars.
- In 2013, Abreu competed in 102 events, winning 12 times in winged sprint and midget cars, including a win in the 4 Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway in a midget. In 2014, Abreu had a breakout season, winning 25 of 105 starts, including his first World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series win at Thunderbowl Raceway. He was also the USAC Indiana Midget Week Champion and the USAC National Midget Champion.
- Abreu started off the 2015 season with his win in the Chili Bowl Nationals, and a few days later signed with HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks as one of five drivers on this new K&N Pro Series East team for 2015. Including 14 K&N Pro Series events, Abreu has an ambitious schedule of 114 races for 2015.
- Learn more about Abreu and see his 2015 racing schedule at www.ricoabreu.com.