Photos of Ralph
Third-generation driver Joe Liguori celebrated his fifth
season of midget racing and first under the USAC banner in 2004 with a sixth-place finish
in the weekly Regional Midget Car Series at the Blossom Chevrolet Indianapolis Speedway.
Liguori missed the first three races of the year and the final race due to educational
commitments but ran solid in his 10 starts, finishing on the podium on three occasions.
His eighth-place finish on July 7 was part of the USAC National Midget Car Series show,
which became his highest National finish.
Liguori stepped into the midget role following over several years of karting. He won the
Dade City (Fla.) Speedway track championship in Jr. Sportsman 1 in 1994 and a year later
won the Florida state championship in the same class. He finished fourth in the World
Karting Associations Dirt World Championships at Daytonas (Fla.) Municipal
Stadium in Yamaha 2-cycle in 2003, and won his first non-karting event in 2004 in a
modified midget at Wayne County (Ill.) Speedway. SPRM
Personal: Born Joseph Hewitt Liguori on July 31, 1986 in Tampa, Fla.
Has an older
brother named Mike
Grandson of former USAC and NASCAR driver Ralph Liguori, who
competed in several of the organizations divisions, and oldest driver ever to
compete in a Silver Crown race
Racing heroes include grandfather Ralph, Richard Petty
and Jack Hewitt
Worked for C & R Racing in 2003 when not racing
someday attend college for mechanical engineering
Is a four-time National slot car
Other hobbies include fishing and hunting
Father Frank also raced
go-karts and motocross
Joe is class president of his senior class at his high school.