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The Venturini Family

  • Sport: Racing
  • Decade Inducted: 00s

Tony, Bill Sr., Cathy, Billy, Wendy

The Venturini name is synonymous with modern-day racing in America.

The legacy was born over six decades ago when Tony Venturini began racing stock cars in the 1950’s at historic Soldiers Field in Chicago, Illinois. Tony, considered one of the early pioneers of the sport, competed with legendary NASCAR drivers, such as ‘Tiger’ Tom Pistone and Freddy Lorenzen.

In 2012, Venturini Motorsports celebrated its 30th Anniversary in the ARCA Racing Series (The Triple-A of NASCAR), thus making them the longest tenured team competing in the professional series’ illustrious 60-year history; an impressive feat accomplished by few in all of professional motorsports.

More than any other sport, automobile racing tends to breed generations of racers. Case in point, Bill Venturini, Sr., following in his father’s footsteps, dedicated his life to racing and took the family pastime to new levels.

Widely known for his on-track accomplishments and humble rise to fame in the ARCA and NASCAR Series, Bill Venturini Sr.’s most notable contribution to the racing world came in 1987 when he was credited with forming the first ALL-female pit crew in professional motorsports.

Far from a publicity stunt, the all-female pit crew led by his wife Cathy gained national notoriety and played a major role in Bill Sr.’s first ARCA Racing Series Championship in 1987.

Transcending a time where men dominated racing and virtually all professional sports, Bill and Cathy Venturini played a pivotal role in racing and American sports history by contributing to the mainstream acceptance and growth of women’s competitive participation in professional motorsports.

Taking the reins from his father Bill, is his son Billy. Third-generation driver, Billy Venturini, jumped behind the wheel in 1994 competing in NASCAR and the ARCA Racing Series for over 10 years. Billy who was born into the sport has spent his entire life learning the family business from the ground up under the watchful eye of his parents.

After retiring from racing at the age 31, Billy Venturini reinvented himself and stamped his mark on the family’s racing legacy by transforming the team’s direction; shifting focus and creating one of the premier NASCAR Driver Development programs in the country.

Since 2007, Venturini Motorsport’s NASCAR Driver Development program the team has mentored over 50 different U.S. born and foreign drivers.  Even more impressive, 21 of those drivers have gone onto to achieve their racing dreams at the premier levels of NASCAR competition – TRUCK SERIES, NATIONWIDE SERIES or NASCAR CUP SERIES.

Proving you don’t have to be one of the boys, Bill Sr.’s daughter Wendy Venturini found her place in racing by pursuing a successful career in broadcasting.

Wendy Venturini has become one of the most recognizable faces on FOX Cable Networks’ award-winning cable outlet, SPEED CHANNEL.

Wendy has been fortunate enough to combine her career in television with her first-hand love and knowledge of motorsports. Her proven level of dedication and natural talent has made her an instant success and a well-respected favorite among her colleagues and friends in the garage. With her obvious diligence, Wendy Venturini is clearly on the fast track and beyond