NASCAR: Simone-Meade Autosports Adds Indy Firestone Lights Driver Dan Clarke

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NASCAR: Simone-Meade Autosports Adds Indy Firestone Lights Driver Dan Clarke
Drivers Dan Clarke, left, and Anthony Simone, center, along with Donald Meade making the expansion announcement for the 2011 Simone-Meade Autosports season in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. Todd Lewis/TL Sports & Entertainment

Last year, Anthony Simone partnered with Donald Meade and began looking toward improving the team. In the races that Simone didn’t find bad luck, solid top 10 finishes were earned as he began to make his mark in the Canadian Tire Series.

A week ago, Simone continued to make strides as he announced the addition of Firestone Indy Lights driver Dan Clarke to his team.

“Our partnership with Donald Meade has been even more successful than we first imagined,” Simone said. “Since coming together last year, we have better resources. We’ve got new race cars coming, and we’re expanding into a two-car team even quicker than we anticipated. Dan Clarke is a talented driver and I know he’ll adapt to these stock cars and running on oval tracks quickly.”

The Mexborough, England native had some success in the British Formula Ford and Formula Three Series, before coming to North America where he competed in the Camp Car World Series and Firestone Indy Lights. Last season, he had five top fives and eight top 10s in 12 starts last season in the Firestone Indy Lights Series. 

“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity to race in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series,” Clarke said. “I want everyone to know I’m coming here with a lot of excitement and eagerness to race and learn with my fellow competitors. To be part of this series is an honour for me and I consider it the chance to open a new door in racing.”

Business innovator Donald Meade said that he is excited about how quickly the team has expanded.

“I knew when we partnered with the Simone family last year we would do great things and its happening,” Meade said. “Now we’re going to be a two-car effort. We’re educating the enormous NASCAR audience to this critical health issue of airborne mould and spores that is causing illness. And we’ve still got a lot more room to grow this program in the future.”

The 2011 Canadian Tire Series season is set to start off with the Dickies 200 at Mosport Speedway on May 28.

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