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Chase Mattioli Daytona 2009
Feb 6, 2009 - updated Feb 6th, 2009 10:20am
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Chase Mattioli The Whole Package
 
Chase Mattioli is a remarkable young man who’s personality, intelligence, interests, looks, compassion, passions and real life experiences position him uniquely to appeal to young adults and adults of ethnic, gender and economic persuasions across the board.
 
Chase, 19, is the son of Joe and Love Mattioli.  Joe, an Italian American, is the son of Dr. Joe and Dr. Rose Mattioli, owners of Pocono Raceway, a NASCAR Sprint Cup venue.  He is a graduate of Lehigh University.  While he grew up in Philadelphia, he has spent most of his adult life working in the motorsports industry and at Pocono, where he served as the President and COO. Joe’s grandfather was a prize fighter who had to change his name to Pep O’Brien in order to compete.  Italians were not accepted in the sport in the 20’s. Love Mattioli is a native of Jackson, Tennessee.
 
The combined influences of the work ethic his parents and grandparents, a Jesuit education and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge have been major factors that have crafted Chase.
 
He started working at Pocono Raceway at the age of seven, where he was a fixture at Pocono working in the family business - meaning cleaning the bathrooms, picking up old cigarette butts around the track, or painting track buildings.  As in most family business, everyone “does windows” and there are few jobs that Chase has not done at the track.  Growing up in the business, he leaned at an early age the ability to communicate and related to everyone he came in contact with, from maintenance workers to the presidents of national companies.
 
The southern influences of his mother have instilled a “yes sir, no sir” respect for others, while his exposure to and participation in the production of Pocono’s 500 mile spectacles have given him a maturity beyond his years.
 
His god parents were Lebanese, teaching Chase their language and appreciation for their food and culture.
He attended a Jesuit high school in Scranton, PA, a community that takes pride in its cultural diversity.  The Jesuit philosophy is all about crating future leaders and instilling in young adults a passion for community service. 
 
Chase’s community service has been broad based, including a two week work program on an Indian reservation in North Dakota, digging ditches and mending fences.
 
Educationally, he has been an honors student, earning invitations to travel to Washington DC to participate in a young politician’s program drafting bills.  He was a member of the Spanish and German Clubs, and has participated in the debate teams. Academically, he’s maintained a 3.9 GPA.
 
Last fall he was admitted to Fordham.  He is enjoying the experiences of college life and exposure to the life styles and diversity of the Bronx and New York City as compared to his rural upbringing in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.  He has traveled extensively across the United States and has been to Europe twice.  He is active politically taking advantage of his first opportunity to vote in this fall’s Presidential elections.
His interests include acting (lead in Anne), playing elementary school basket ball, high school football and track and snowboarding.  He excelled in snowboarding, becoming and instructor and working part-time at a ski shop.
 
By far his greatest passion is racing cars, which he started at the age of seven.
 
 “I remember the first time I got behind the wheel, I was petrified.  I only got to make one turn before I crashed head on into a wall.  Funny thing, it was that very moment I knew that I wanted to be a racecar driver.”
 
Continuing to race Quarter Midgets for the next three years, Chase racked up numerous wins, one in particular – and to this day his most important – the one you never forget.  In his first season of competition he won the Kenny Hyme Open Quarter Midget race. 
 
 
 “There was a field of over twenty cars and I managed somehow to get the pole.  It was the "perfect" day.  I led all the laps and ended up winning the race.  I remember getting out of the car my car owner, Mr. Roselli stated ‘You raced like you were born for this stuff.’  The irony of this statement is that I knew it was true.”
Outgrowing Quarter Midgets, Chase went on to Legends cars and small stock cars, dirt modifieds and then road racing.  In his first Formula Ford race, at the age of 16, he scored a win in the rain.
 
While he was 17 he drove a Formula Ford in SCCA Regional and National competition.  Last year he stepped up to full bodied stock cars in the ARCA-RE/MAX series and the NASCAR Camping World series.  In the fall of 2008, he co-drove a Lexis with three other drivers to a 3rd place class finish and a 6th place overall finish out of a 60 car field in a 13 hour endurance race.
 
This season he is co-driving a Mustang in the Grand Am KONI series with his cousin Nick Igdalsky.  In their first race at Daytona on January 23rd, Chase qualified the car 18th out of 69 cars, and moved up to 3rd before turning the car over his cousin.
 
Chase will return to Daytona to compete in the Lucas Oil 200 ARCA-RE/MAX event on February 7th.  While testing his ARCA car at Daytona in December he was 3rd quickest in single car runs, only a 1/10 of a second behind Tony Stewart’s replacement at Joe Gibbs Racing, Joey Logano.
 
He has been sought after by the media, doing numerous interviews as well as being the guest on local and national radio and TV programs.  In October, he was asked to write an article for Circle Track Magazine, with a second article planned for this spring.  He has been a Red Carpet Guest at a Maximum Magazine Party.
 
At the track when he is not in the race car, he is with the fans, with a focus on working with “Make A Wish” children.
 
His skills both on and of the track have been recognized by one of the leading international sports management firms, CSS Stellar, and he is expected to join their stable as their first US born driver, joining Dario Franchitti and Dan Wheldon.
 
When interviewed by the Driver Development Manager for Joe Gibbs Racing, he was told that if he could drive as well as he could communicate he had a very bright future in racing.
 
Everyone who has spent any time with Chase would agree that his off track abilities are incredible and now he his proving that he is a force to contend with on the track.
 
Stay tuned?
 
He is just getting started.
Chase Mattioli / 2009 Schedule
 
Date                       Series                    Location                                                TV                                           Start                        Finish
January 22-23      KONI                      Daytona, Florida                                  Speed Delayed                    18th                         16th        
February 7                   ARCA-RE/MAX     Daytona, Florida                                  Speed 4 PM Live                                                                
March 13-14         KONI                      Homestead, Florida                            Speed Delayed                                                                   
April 22-24            ARCA-RE/MAX     Talladega, Alabama                           Speed 5 PM Live                                                                
May 2-3                 KONI                      Millville, New Jersey                           Speed Delayed                                                                   
May 16-17             KONI                      Laguna Seca, California                    Speed Delayed                                                                   
May 23-26,            KONI                      Lime Rock Park, Connecticut            Speed Delayed                                                                   
May 29-30             Camping World   South Boston, Virginia                        Speed Delayed                                                                   
June 4-5                KONI                      Watkins Glenn, New York                  Speed Delayed                                                                   
June 5-6                                ARCA-RE/MAX     Pocono, Pennsylvania                       Speed 8:30pm Delayed                                                    
June 10-12,          ARCA-RE/MAX     Brooklyn, Michigan                             Speed 5:30 PM Live                                                          
June 19-21           KONI                      Mid-Ohio, Ohio                                     Speed Delayed                                                                   
June 25-26           Camping World   Loudon, New Hampshire                  Speed Delayed                                                                   
July 10-11             ARCA-RE/MAX     Newton, Iowa                                                                                                                                      
July 17-18             KONI                      Barber, Alabama                                 Speed Delayed                                                                   
July 31–Aug 1      ARCA-RE/MAX     Pocono, Pennsylvania                       Speed 1:00pm Live                                                           
Aug 14-16             KONI                      Trois Riviers, Canada                         Speed Delayed                                                                   
Aug 27-28             ARCA-RE/MAX     Chicagoland, Illinois                           Speed 4 PM Live                                                                
Sept 4                    ARCA-RE/MAX     Toledo, Ohi,                                                                                                                                         
Sept 18-20            KONI                      Miller, Utah                                           Speed Delayed                                                                   
Sept 12-13            ARCA-RE/MAX     Millville, New Jersey                                                                                                                          
Sept 24-25            Camping World   Dover, Delaware                                 Speed Delayed                                                                   
Oct 2-4                   KONI                      VIR, Virginia                                          Speed Delayed                                                                   
Oct 9-11                 ARCA-RE/MAX     Rockingham, North Carolina            Speed 12 Noon Live                                                          


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