Derek Robbie to go Modified Racing in 2017

Derek Robbie to go Modified Racing in 2017

DDR Motorsports, Derek Robbie & MG Motorsports combine to go Tour-Type Modified Racing in 2017

Bellingham, MA, January 6, 2017– For the 2017 race season DDR Motorsports Development and their driver, Derek Robbie have joined forces with Mark Giordano Motorsports (MGM) to campaign a tour-type modified in select events around New England. This union is the realization of an ongoing plan by DDR Motorsports titled Project 17. Both teams are very excited to move up to one of New England’s premier racing classes and test the waters with a rookie driver.

The teams plans on running approximately 5-7 events during the 2017 race season. After an extended search, an Eddie Flemke built Raceworks chassis with an APE prepared Dodge power plant was purchased for the campaign. Both owners are excited to utilize something different than the rest of the competitors. DDR owner, Douglas Robbie, a thirty year racing veteran, states “I’ve always raced my way and this is nothing new. The challenge of a different chassis and motor combination only make any success more rewarding”.  Currently the car is being disassembled, updated as needed and reassembled in time for some early season practices. The team has on their schedule several practice sessions before a planned debut on May 27 at the Lee USA Speedway.

On the proposed schedule are races at Speedway 51, Seekonk Speedway, Beechridge Speedway, Stafford Speedway and Thompson Speedway. Currently the schedule is not finalized and will be adjusted as needed. The goal of the team is to make sure Derek gets quality seat time in preparation for a more robust schedule in 2018.

While both owners will be active in preparing the car, MGM owner Mark Giordano, who has 25 plus years racing experience has been named as crew chief and will guide the team on race days. Mark states “I look forward to my continued work with Derek. Doug and I have been friends for over 15 years and I have watched Derek grow up. Over the past few years I’ve worked with them in the Pro4’s and watched Derek come into his own as a driver. He is a fantastic student and strives to learn every time he gets behind the wheel. I see big things for our team with him as the driver.”

Driver Derek Robbie chimes in about stepping up to the big league of New England racing, “I can’t say enough about how thankful I am for the opportunity my dad and Mark is giving me. I’ve always wanted to become a short track hero and this is the next step in achieving that goal.”

No dream comes without support and DDR Motorsports along with Derek and MGM would like to thank their families for the opportunity to fulfill this dream. They would also like to thank their friends and the fans along with his loyal partners for their continued support as he builds towards 2017.  They include Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH, Marshall’s Jewelers, in Bellingham, MA, Tri-Phase Contractors of North Haven, CT, Bellingham Parts Plus of Bellingham, MA, NH Oil Undercoating of Concord, NH and RH2way Racing Communications of Riverside, NJ.

The team is also looking for additional financial and personnel support as they strive to conquer the rigors of New England short track racing. For those interesting in learning more about marketing partnerships with the race team, contacted us by email at or by phone at 508-966-7044. During the race season be sure to keep up with the actions through LIVE updates and reviews of race days on Twitter @DerekRobbie and Facebook at, or . Also be sure to check out and for continuing news about the team.

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