As race cars zoomed around Pocono Raceway on Sunday, NASCAR driver Ryan Ellis manned pit lane and handled social media for popular Monster Cup series mainstay Matt DiBenedetto, driver of Go Fas Racing’s No. 32 Ford Fusion. Ellis, a third generation race car driver and former full-time racer, is in his second full season as DiBenedetto’s Director of Public Relations and Marketing after taking a step back to have a steady salary and support his family.
Ellis handles sponsors, day of event hosting, and Twitter, but on Saturday, August 25, he’ll put his gloves back on and return back behind the wheel at Road America – a road course midway between the cities of Milwaukee and Green Bay.
“I’m only able to race on cup series off weekends obviously with my gig and that is one of our two off weeks,” Ellis said. The driver was in the top ten during the final laps at Daytona during his previous race this year. “I focused on Road America because I grew up road racing and that is definitely one of my strengths.”
Ellis, who grew up in Ashburn, Virginia, will also be debuting a new helmet he had painted in support of his favorite hockey team. While the driver has placed RMNB’s Deadguins sticker on the back of his head protector in the past, this professionally painted bucket will leave no doubts on which professional sports team he’s most proud of.