Bob Bruncati has a passion for cars and for racing. And he's done very well at both, benefiting from his knack for business and eye for talent.
Location: Fontana, California
The former New Yorker,
who moved to Southern California in 1967, is the owner of a very successful
two-car race team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. His race cars are
easily recognized for the brilliant blue and orange paint schemes, adorned
with the logo of his Sunrise Ford dealerships.
Early on Bruncati noticed there were talented young drivers who never got a chance to race in good equipment and develop their skills. So, he decided to give them a shot.
Bowles got the first opportunity as Bruncati tackled the full series schedule in 2007. The effort resulted in Bowles winning the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award and finishing third in the overall standings. With the addition of championship crew chief Bill Sedgwick in 2008, Bruncati's team contended for the title - eventually finishing in the runner-up spot. They clinched the championship the following year.
After Bruncati expanded his Sunrise Ford Racing operation with a second full-time team in 2010, his success continued with other drivers coming into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. In addition to Bowles, three other series newcomers have won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award driving for Bruncati - Luis Martinez Jr., in 2010; Austin Dyne in 2012; and Dylan Lupton in 2013.
Bob is a believer and a doer. He loves to pave new paths. His motorsports effort is an extension of all that he has done right over the years. Bob understands servicing the needs of those around him. 100% business. 100% passion. 100% the real deal. - Jeff