All posts by Luis Torres

From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. He's also covered Idaho Athletics and high school football as both a writer and videographer. Additionally, he spent 2017 writing several racing columns as an independent journalist. Luis does video and photography, and is a fan of Seattle sports, a music critic and a motivator who wants to impact people's lives.

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into February’s running of the Daytona 500. Age: 22 Years in Cup: Two Career Wins: Zero (Four in Xfinity and Seven in Trucks) Accomplishments: 2017 Xfinity Series Champion Stability is finally part of William Byron’s vocabulary and it’s for good reason as 2019 marked his fourth full season on the NASCAR national tour and second in the Cup Series, the first time he’s competed in aRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Kaz Grala will continue to run for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season, piloting the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro for a select amount of races that’ll commence this summer. Friday’s announcement confirms that Grala rounds out the 2020 lineup as Myatt Snider and Anthony Alfredo will also run the No. 21 machine. The 2017 Daytona Truck Series winner commented that last year’s stint at RCR was a learning curve and is excited on helping the team compete for the Xfinity SeriesRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer One of the top rising American open wheel stars has found a home in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires as reigning Indy Pro 2000 champion Kyle Kirkwood will run for Andretti Autosport this season. Kirkwood will pilot the No. 28 car that was driven by last year’s Indy Lights champion Oliver Askew, who graduated to the NTT IndyCar Series, driving full-time for Arrow McLaren SP. The 21-year-old Floridian said he’s hoping to deliver similar success with Andretti after feeling the pairing was meant to beRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer There’s a new leading driver for Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan and that man is the always fierce Santino Ferrucci. Last year’s Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year will take over the vacant No. 18 SealMaster Honda, previously driven by Sebastien Bourdais, who was released from the team last November. The four-time Indy car champion will shift his focus in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Ferrucci will be entering his second full season in the NTT IndyCar Series and will be teammates with rookie Alex Palou,Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into February’s running of the Daytona 500. Age: 41 Years in Cup: 19 Career Wins: 31 Biggest Accomplishment: 2004 NASCAR Cup Series Champion The most experience full-time driver on the grid is entering his second season with Chip Ganassi Racing and there are no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Kurt Busch entered 2019 with a yet another new team in the 2010s, but like eachRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer After spending last year as a part-time driver, Charlie Kimball will be on the INDYCAR grid for the entire 17 rounds this coming season as he joins AJ Foyt Racing. Wednesday’s announcement confirmed Kimball will replace Matheus Leist in the No. 4 Chevrolet with his long-time sponsor Novo Nordisk backing his efforts after Foyt’s long-time sponsor ABC Supply announced last September they’ll be leaving the team. The last time Novo Nordisk was Kimball’s primary sponsor was at Toronto in 2018 where he finished fifth, his lastRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Back at Sonoma Raceway two years ago, at the first-ever race I was credentialed to cover a NASCAR Cup Series race for this website I still proudly write for, Kyle Larson was the focal point of unnecessary controversy. Why? It’s because Larson’s passion for dirt racing (sprint and midgets), like wanting to run for the World of Outlaws championship in the future, was more apparent than his main driving profession which is stock car racing. Larson said some aren’t as open minded of versatile racers andRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into February’s running of the Daytona 500. Age: 42 Years in Cup: 18 Career Wins: 18 A team change can go two ways in the NASCAR Cup Series. The driver will either flourish or crumble into pieces. Ryan Newman certainly flourished and brought the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang squad its best overall season in over a decade. After missing the playoffs forRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into February’s running of the Daytona 500. Age: 21 Years in Cup: Rookie Career Wins: Nine in Xfinity Series and Two in Truck Series Six years competing on the national tour has culminated to this pinnacle moment for Cole Custer. It feels like yesterday when Custer broke through with a win at Loudon in just his seventh Truck Series start at the tender age ofRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Editor’s note: Motorsports Tribune will be previewing the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season for the full-time drivers in the series leading into February’s running of the Daytona 500. Age: 28 Years in Cup: Five Career Wins: Zero “I’m not done yet. Something will come open. It’s going to happen. I’m here to win. Something’s going to come open.” Those are the words Matt DiBenedetto said after his greatest drive of his ongoing roller coaster NASCAR career during last August’s memorable Bristol Night Race. The sport’s favorite underdog led 93 of 500Read More