Preston Pardus picks up ride for Portland

Preston Pardus has added the June 3 event at Portland International Raceway to his schedule.

Pardus will drive for SS Green Light Racing in the No. 08 B2B Casuals Ford in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

“I’ve been friends with his dad (Dan Pardus) since he drove” in NASCAR and ARCA action, Dotter said. “We helped each other out some through the years, and I’ve kept an eye on Preston. He’s a very good road racer. I had an opening for a driver in Portland and was looking for someone with some road-course expertise.”

In his career Pardus has scored three top-10 finishes in the Xfinity Series, all of which came on road courses. His most recent was a seventh place finish at the Charlotte Roval in 2021.

All but one of Preston Pardus’ 20 Xfinity starts have been on road courses in a family-owned car. He has racked up three top-10 finishes, including a career-best seventh on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s “roval” in 2021. Interestingly, he has finished on the lead lap in each of the 14 races in which he’s seen the checkered flag.

“I wanted to race out there last year, but it just didn’t work out – so we watched the race on the couch and stayed dry,” Pardus said with a laugh. “So the only notebook those guys have so far is from a torrential downpour.

“Still, you can pick up on a lot of things. I’ll definitely go back this week and study video to see braking and shift points they were using. And I’ll rely on some knowledge from fellow racers who will help me – to a point.”

This season Pardus has made one start in the Xfinity Series at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. A suspension failure put him out of the race after 16 laps.

John Bman
John Bman
Founder and Owner of Tireball Sports.

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