Niece Motorsports, a professional stock car racing team that competes in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, has signed female stock car race driver Angela Ruch for 12 races in the 2019 racing season.
Niece Motorsports, founded/owned by Al Niece, enters its third full season in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Al Niece is well-known in the industry, not only for his trucks and drivers, but as the only Marine Corps veteran NASCAR owner. Niece also owns Niece Equipment, which has a forty-year history providing water and fuel/lube trucks to the construction and mining industries.
“We are thrilled to welcome Angela Ruch into the Niece Motorsports family,” said Al Niece. “Angela’s had a strong start to the 2019 season, and we look forward to continuing that, starting in Texas. The team is excited to work with Angela and see what we can all accomplish together this year.”
Angela Ruch (Cope) is the third generation in the Cope family to enter into the car racing industry. She is following in the footsteps of her uncle Derrike Cope, who won the 1990 Daytona 500. Angela’s racing career can be traced back to when she started racing go-karts at the age of nine, where she won local poles and races.
For Niece Motorsports, Angela will compete in the following races:
- Texas Motor Speedway – March 29, 2019
- Kansas Speedway – May 10, 2019
- Charlotte Motor Speedway – May 17, 2019
- Texas Motor Speedway – June 7, 2019
- Chicagoland Speedway – June 28, 2019
- Kentucky Speedway – July 11, 2019
- Pocono Raceway – July 27, 2019
- Michigan International Speedway – August 10, 2019
- Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – August 25, 2019
- Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Sept 13, 2019
- Talladega Superspeedway – Oct 12, 2019
- Homestead-Miami Speedway – Nov 15, 2019
Along with racing, Angela is involved with her nephew’s charity organization, Give a Child a Voice, a 501c3 non-profit organization, dedicated to providing support to children dealing with bullying, life-threatening illnesses, or abuse. The organization was started by Angela’s teenage nephew, Eric Erdman, who is currently battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Angela has gone through her own set of challenges as she and her husband, Mike Ruch, decided to adopt after many attempts to conceive. On March 9, she became a mother, when she brought home her healthy newborn baby, King Knight Ruch. And in addition to motherhood, racing and family, Angela and Mike are set to debut a new TV series this spring called, “The Ruch Life,” an unscripted docu-series highlighting the ups and downs of balancing her career in racing, relationship with her husband, and her new endeavor as a mother.
ABOUT ANGELA RUCH
Angela Ruch, niece of DAYTONA 500 Champion Derrike Cope, returned to NASCAR racing with NEMCO Motorsports and Niece Motorsports in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Ruch’s debut at the historic superspeedway in the No. 8 JJ Resources Chevy was certainly one for the record books, on February 15, 2019, becoming the first female in NASCAR Truck Series history to lead laps at Daytona International Speedway. For more information https://www.angelaruch.org/ follow Angela on Instagram, and Facebook.
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