Castiglia, who has six wins as a driver at Oswego, says plans are already well underway in preparation of fielding a two-car team next season.
“I wanted to get things in place early so we could get a game plan together and get to work,” said Castiglia. “Dan (Dennie) has come up with a plan of action so he and Jim (Losurdo) and our crew have already started to get to work stripping race cars and getting them ready for Anthony and Danny.”
Last season Castiglia campaigned his own No. 69 FFB chassis for the majority of the season with Rob Pullen and Losurdo filling in on a part-time basis.
Following Losurdo’s successful return during Budweiser International Classic Weekend, plans immediately went into motion to field a full-time ride for “Hawk” in 2018.
That ride will be between the frame rails of an all-new FFB race chassis that will use parts from the recently purchased Dennis Rupert No. 99 FFB, run Classic Weekend as No. 47 by Jon Tesoriero.
Losurdo will pilot the new ride with his familiar No. 1 on the side, in search of his first career track championship.
“I’m honored to be a part of Missile Motorsports,” said Losurdo. “Mark and his family are great people and are providing great equipment to win in. I truly believe I have the best group of guys in the garage and in our pit every Saturday. With all of that, we are going to make a serious run at the 2018 track championship.”
Losurdo has five career wins at Oswego and finished in the top five of the SBS series championship in three consecutive seasons from 2014-2016 with a career best third place result in 2014.
With Losurdo vacating the former No. 69 machine, Kapuscinski has committed to stepping into that ride for the first five races of the 2018 season as well as Budweiser International Classic Weekend. Kapuscinski, who first competed in Oswego’s SBS division in 2001, will return as the No. 00 that he started his career with some 17 years ago.
“I was surprised to get the call from Mark (Castiglia), but immediately excited when he let me know the program he was looking to put together,” said Kapuscinski. “The chance to be in fast equipment, prepared by such knowledgeable people is something I couldn’t pass up. I have wanted to work with Dan (Dennie) for a long time, we go way back – back to the days of using the 10-cent bowling machine at the Front Door Tavern. Throw Jim (Losurdo) into the mix with his great group of people and you have a recipe for success.”
Only competing in three full-time SBS seasons, Kapuscinski collected five top five finishes in that span including two podium finishes in the Mr. SBS championship. Since those early days Kapuscinski claimed another podium in 2012 driving the Heagerty Racing No. 79 before finishing seventh in the 2017 Bud Light SBS Classic driving for Bowman Racing.
“All the other racing I’ve done along the way has been with the hope of getting back to Oswego, it’s where my heart is,” said Kapuscinski. “Things have changed a lot. I have a family at home now and my time home with them is most important. With that said, we’re committing to the first five races and Classic to get a feel for the season. I want to win a race and do what I can to help Anthony (Losurdo) win a championship. Those are the goals.”
Castiglia is confident in the package he has put together for the 2018 season.
“We have all the pieces in place now,” said Castiglia. “I think it’s a great group of guys and with Anthony and Danny at the wheel, we’ll definitely have a fun and successful season.”