Ave at Road America in 2010
November 10, 1968 |
Hurley, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Achievements||2010 Trans-Am Series champion|
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|2 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||67th (2009)|
|First race||2004 Sirius at the Glen (Watkins Glen)|
|Last race||2009 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen (Watkins Glen)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|4 races run over 2 years|
|Best finish||87th (2010)|
|First race||2009 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal)|
|Last race||2010 NAPA 200 (Montreal)|
|Statistics current as of November 30, 2011.|
Tony Ave (born November 10, 1968) is a championship race car driver born in Hurley, Wisconsin, U.S.. He competed in the Grand-Am Series from 2000 until 2002, in Formula Atlantic from 1996 until 2001, and in the Trans-Am in 2002. He also made three Indy Lights starts in 1993 and one Indy Pro Series start in 2003. In 2004, Ave raced one race in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series at Watkins Glen finishing 31st.
He won the 2010 and 2011 Trans-Am Series Championships. Ave owns his own race-team, Tony Ave Motorsports, which has become one of the most popular race teams amongst fans. However he mostly drives for Lamers Racing.
In 2004, Tony Ave made his NASCAR debut when he drove the #80 car owned by Lamers Racing, a satellite team of Joe Gibbs Racing. Starting 42nd, Ave dropped out after 84 laps with a brake problem, finishing 31st.
Ave returned to the Cup series in 2009, competed at Watkins Glen on August 10, 2009 in the rain-delayed Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen. Ave completed eight laps and finished 43rd in his #37 Long John Silver's Dodge owned by Brad Jenkins. Ave will also participate in the Nationwide NAPA Parts D'Auto 200 presented by Dodge at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as a road course ringer.
Ave participated in the #35 car owned by TriStar Motorsports in the 2010 Bucyrus 200 at Road America in his home state of Wisconsin. After racing in the Top 10 for most of the race, he spun out on the final lap and dropped out of the Top 10. He returned to the #35 team for the other 2 road course races, finishing 15th at Watkins Glen & leading 1 lap in Montreal - his first and only lap led in his Xfinity Series career.
In 2011, Ave made his so far last NASCAR race at Sonoma, attempting to qualify his #37 Long John Silver's car for Front Row Motorsports. He was bumped out of the field by Andy Pilgrim and didn't qualify.
In April 2002, Ave, along with Andy Hillenburg, tested for the Team Racing Auto Circuit series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Four months later, Ave and Boris Said tested for TRAC at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Motorsports career results
SCCA National Championship Runoffs
|1991||Road Atlanta||Lola T87/90||Ford||Sports 2000||16||3||Running|
|1994||Mid-Ohio||Van Diemen||Ford||Formula Continental||22||7||Retired|
|XFR GS-94||Toyota||Formula Atlantic||10||2||Retired|
|2007||Heartland Park||Chevrolet Corvette||Chevrolet||GT1||1||1||Running|
|2008||Heartland Park||Ford Mustang||Ford||GT1||2||2||Running|
(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Sprint Cup Series
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series results|
|2009||Front Row Motorsports||37||Dodge||DAY||CAL||LVS||ATL||BRI||MAR||TEX||PHO||TAL||RCH||DAR||CLT||DOV||POC||MCH||SON||NHA||DAY||CHI||IND||POC||GLN
|2011||Front Row Motorsports||38||Ford||DAY||PHO||LVS||BRI||CAL||MAR||TEX||TAL||RCH||DAR||DOV||CLT||KAN||POC||MCH||SON||DAY||KEN||NHA||IND||POC||GLN
|NASCAR Nationwide Series results|
|2009||Jimmy Means Racing||52||Chevy||DAY||CAL||LVS||BRI||TEX||NSH||PHO||TAL||RCH||DAR||CLT||DOV||NSH||KEN||MLW||NHA||DAY||CHI||GTY||IRP||IOW||GLN||MCH||BRI||CGV
Craftsman Truck Series
|NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results|
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