Ray Ciccarelli Wiki – Ray Ciccarelli Biography
Ray Ciccarelli is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 49 Chevrolet Silverado for CMI Motorsports. He has also competed in what is now the ARCA Menards Series East and the ARCA Menards Series. Ciccarelli has said he will retire at the end of the 2020 season due to the decisions by NASCAR banning the display of the Confederate flag from their sporting events.
NASCAR driver Ray Ciccarelli announced on his Facebook Wednesday that he intends on leaving the sport at the end of the season. His biggest issue appears to be a disagreement with the direction that things are heading. This decision comes in the wake of NASCAR allowing on-track personnel to kneel during the national anthem, Bubba Wallace driving a car that says Black Lives Matter on it and the sport banning the Confederate flag from races.
Ciccarelli is a part-time competitor in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, driving the No. 49 truck. Through 18 races over the span of three years, he has one top-10 finish (the 2019 Corrigan Oil 200) along with no wins and no poles.
Facts You Need to Know
January 20, 1970 (age 50 years), Ellicott City, MD
Chevrolet Camping World Truck Series racing manufacturer team
team: No. 49 (CMI Motorsports)
2017 Eldora Dirt Derby (Eldora)
2019 Ford EcoBoost 200 (Homestead)
Ray Ciccarelli Facebook
Here is the Facebook post in full:
Well its been a fun ride and dream come true but if this is the direction Nascar is headed we will not participate after 2020 season is over , i don’t believe in kneeling during Anthem nor taken ppl right to fly what ever flag they love. I could care less about the Confederate Flag but there are ppl that do and it doesn’t make them a racist all you are doing is f—ing one group to cater to another and i ain’t spend the money we are to participate in any political BS!! So everything is for SALE!!
ARCA Racing Series
Ciccarelli drove part-time in the series in 2014, 2015, and 2016 for teams Carter 2 Motorsports, Kimmel Racing, Hamilton-Hughes Racing, and Hixson Motorsports. He started his own team, Ciccarelli Racing, for 2017. The team’s first race came in the season-opener at Daytona where Ciccarelli finished 21st in his No. 38 Ford after a solid seventh-place qualifying run. The team returned at Talladega, although they used owner points from the full-time Hixson Motorsports No. 3 car to have a better shot of qualifying for the race (which they successfully did). Using that number instead of the No. 38 (which had only run Daytona), they picked up a thirteenth-place finish in the race. Ciccarelli had driven for the Hixson team in a few races in 2016.
Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
In 2017, Ciccarelli made his Truck Series debut in the Eldora Dirt Derby, driving the No. 10 truck for Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing. He started 32nd and finished 22nd. After that, he start-and-parked the No. 0 truck for the same team in 4 races at Michigan, New Hampshire, Texas, and Phoenix. He finished 26th, 29th, 28th, and 26th respectively. He returned to the No. 10 truck at Homestead. He qualified 31st, but an engine malfunction before the green flag waved gave him a 32nd-place finish.
In 2019, Ciccarelli acquired trucks, equipment, and owner points from the closed Premium Motorsports No. 49 truck and restarted his own team, now under the name CMI Motorsports, which stood for “Ciccarelli Moving & Installation”, a company owned by Ciccarelli and which is one of the team’s sponsors. After running the first two races of the season, Ciccarelli and the CMI Motorsports team skipped the third round at Las Vegas with a planned comeback for the fourth round at Martinsville.
NASCAR departure announcement
On June 10, 2020, Ciccarelli announced on Facebook that he intended to retire from NASCAR at the end of the 2020 season, saying
“Well, it’s been a fun ride and dream come true but if this is the direction NASCAR is headed, we will not participate after 2020 season is over. I don’t believe in kneeling during Anthem nor taken ppl right to fly what ever flag they love. I could care less about the Confederate Flag, but there are ppl that do and it doesn’t make them a racist all you are doing is fucking one group to cater to another and i ain’t spend the money we are to participate in any political BS!! So everything is for SALE!!”
The announcement came after NASCAR’s decision to ban the presence of the Confederate flag at their events, due to the flag’s longtime association with white supremacist groups, in the midst of the George Floyd protests. Brian France, the former chairman of NASCAR, had previously asked fans to not bring the Confederate flag to events after the Charleston church shooting in 2015. Contrarily, other NASCAR drivers, among them Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, and Bubba Wallace, praised the ban.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 10, 2020
As much as it hurts to see Ellicott City trashed alongside Ray Ciccarelli, it also provides an opportunity to consider how our community fosters and enables such attitudes.
— hocorising (@hocorising) June 11, 2020
@bwagonpromotion #dcag #nascar news NASCAR truck racer Ray Ciccarelli says he’s quitting after Confederate flag ban! Have you seen his record?? Naw you quitting because you suck at racing 😂 #racist @ Ellicott City,… https://t.co/W1KNY3niYJ
— BIGOWL (@bwagonpromotion) June 11, 2020