Ryan Preece

GettyRyan Preece prepares for a race at Road America on July 4.

Preece joined SHR ahead of the 2022 season, and he became the reserve driver. His deal only included a handful of starts with some other Ford Performance teams, but Preece used them to put his skills and hard work on display.

While Preece was making part-time starts for BJ McLeod Motorsports, Rick Ware Racing, and David Gilliland Racing, he was also receiving some unique insight. He was able to watch a

Stewart-Haas Racing announced on November 16 that Ryan Preece would be the organization’s newest Cup Series driver. This move set up a return to full-time competition and justified a previous risk.

Preece met with media members after SHR announced his move to the No. 41 Ford Mustang. He faced a wide variety of questions, including one about other opportunities. Preece revealed that he had actually turned down multiple teams so that he could stay with SHR, which was a big risk at the time.

“I did turn down truck opportunities, Xfinity opportunities,” Preece said during his Zoom session. “There were quite a few different teams that came to me, whether they were full-time or part-time, and I thought about if there was the smallest bit of opportunity for me to end up at Stewart-Haas, I wasn’t gonna walk away.

“I was willing to sit there until there was absolutely no hope and possibly be jobless, possibly not have a ride, but I was willing to take that risk. Ultimately, it’s worked out and this opportunity has come.

“It’s kind of like when I think back to 2017 and the risk that I took then [mortgaging his house to secure starts with Joe Gibbs Racing]. It’s five years later and I think about that risk and think to myself, ‘Man, that could have gone way different,’ just like this could have gone way different, but I’ve never been the conservative type of person.”

Preece’s Risk Included Some Unique Insight

GettyRyan Preece prepares for a race at Road America on July 4.

Preece joined SHR ahead of the 2022 season, and he became the reserve driver. His deal only included a handful of starts with some other Ford Performance teams, but Preece used them to put his skills and hard work on display.

While Preece was making part-time starts for BJ McLeod Motorsports, Rick Ware Racing, and David Gilliland Racing, he was also receiving some unique insight. He was able to watch a champion work with his crew chief to make improvements.

“This year when I was doing the sim work and just being around the teams, it’s kind of seeing a first-hand look at how Kevin [Harvick] and Rodney [Childers] work their relationship or even Chase [Briscoe] with theirs,” Preece said in response to a question about why he will win with SHR.

“It’s kind of an eye-opening experience, but I’ve learned what I need as …read more

Source:: Heavy.com

      

Ryan Preece Took a Risk With His Approach to 2023 NASCAR Opportunities

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