Inside Line Promotions – FRESNO, Calif. (May 6, 2020) – Giovanni Scelzi is anticipating his return to Knoxville Raceway this Friday during his first race since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March.
Scelzi will pilot a family owned sprint car at the half-mile oval in Knoxville, Iowa, with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.
“It’s definitely one of my favorite tracks and I wouldn’t want to restart the season anywhere else,” he said. “It’s a fun track that usually gives different grooves to race. We’ve had success there so that is a confidence boost going into the race.”
Scelzi became the youngest 410ci winged sprint car driver in the history of the track last year when he captured an Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions triumph. He then finished third out of 77 drivers during the 8th annual Bell Helmets Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank and 10th at the 59th annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores. Scelzi also won the Knoxville Raceway season finale two weeks later.
Following the event in Iowa Scelzi will shift to 360ci winged sprint car action next Tuesday and Wednesday during the West Texas Crude Nationals at West Texas Raceway in Lubbock, Texas.
“There will be a lot of great drivers at Knoxville and at West Texas so it will be important to start each night strong,” he said. “We’re grateful to resume racing and hopefully we can put together consistent nights that result in us running up front.”