Born with achondroplasia, a genetic disorder
that is the most common cause of dwarfism, Rico
Abreu stands just 4-foot- 4. But his dreams are a lot
bigger than his stature.
After scoring back-to-back victories the past
two years in the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals
midget race in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Abreu was offered
a full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ride
by ThorSport Racing for the 2016 season.
The opportunity to compete for the organization
that captured back-to-back Truck Series titles in 2013
and 2014 with Matt Crafton was one that Abreu
wasn’t about to pass up – especially after spending
2015 honing his skills in the K&N Pro Series East, a
feeder series to NASCAR’s highest levels.
“Competing full time in the NASCAR K&N East
Series prepared me the most for this opportunity,”
Abreu said. “My first time being in stock cars
and getting a full season under my belt helped
me understand how to race and put together full
races, longer races, than I was used to running in
Abreu earned one victory, four top-five finishes
and eight top- 10 results last year on the way to
finishing his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
season fifth in points.
To gain eligibility for the 2016 season in trucks,
Abreu also competed in the 2015 Truck Series
finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, coming
But it was Abreu’s startling success at the Chili
Bowl – where he beat the likes of NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series drivers Kyle Larson and Ricky Sten-
house Jr. – that really landed him on the map.
Just days after his 2015 Chili Bowl triumph,
Abreu was signed by HScott Motorsports with Justin
Marks to run the full K&N Pro Series East season.
Abreu competed in more than 100 open-wheel
races in 2014 in the United States and New
Zealand. He posted 26 wins across 410 winged and
non-winged sprint cars, 360 winged sprints and
USAC midget competition in which he also won the
“Rico has proven himself at every level in racing to
date, and is a winner and true racer in every sense of
the word,” ThorSport Racing co-owner Duke Thorson
said. “He brings a style and attitude that reflects who
we are, and what we are all about.”