Tag:Mike Bliss
Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:32 pm

Bliss has Nationwide deal

Posted By Pete Pistone

Veteran Mike Bliss has a full-time Nationwide Series deal for the coming season after signing a contract with TriStar Motorsports.

Bliss will team with Eric McClure in a two-car Chevrolet effort and run the entire season pending sponsorship.

"It's a deal that came together because we all know each other and have worked together in other settings over the years," said Bliss, who spent last season driving on the Nationwide Series as well as making selected Camping World Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series starts. "It's an example of never burning your bridges and keeping contacts open in this business."

Bliss will pilot the No. 19 Impala with McClure sporting Hefty sponsorship in a No. 14 Chevrolet.

The team is hard at work preparing for the season-opener at Daytona in two weeks as well as building cars for beyond "Speedweeks."

"Phoenix and Las Vegas come pretty quick after we leave Daytona so the team is working as hard as possible to get these cars built so we can get out there and compete after the opener," said Bliss. "It's hard for an organization like this one that doesn't have a ton of money but the commitment is there and hopefully we can have success on the race track and generate interest from sponsors."

Bliss has made more than 200 starts in the Nationwide Series and is a two-time winner, taking the checkered flag at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2004 and 2009.
Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: April 14, 2010 3:17 pm

Bliss to drive for Phoenix after leaving Baldwin

Just as quikly as he lost his ride at Tommy Baldwin Racing, Mike Bliss found a ride with Phoenix Racing, replacing Aric Almirola in the 09 car.

"We missed a couple of races, and last week (at Phoenix) obviously didn't go too good," Bliss told Dave Moody on Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway.

"I did a lot of thinking about what I thought was wrong with the car, and honestly I wondered for a while if it was me. I had a meeting with Tommy Baldwin on Monday, and obviously didn't feel very good about the way that meeting went. The ironic thing is that for the third time in my career, James Finch called before I was hardly even out the door to offer me a job."

Phoenix Racing has ostensibly been a start and park team, but may try to run a full race at Talladega where Brad Keselowski pulled off the biggest surprise -- and one of the most watched highlights -- of 2009.

As for TBR's 36 car, Johnny Sauter is scheduled to drive at Texas and Talladega.
Posted on: January 26, 2010 5:00 pm

Crew chiefs named for Robby Gordon, Mike Bliss

Tommy Baldwin will not be the crew chief of his team's No. 36 car this season as Kevin Buskirk will serve in the role with Mike Bliss as driver. The move will allow Baldwin to focus more of his attention on the business operations.

Looking for a job following the sale of Bill Davis Racing, Baldwin opted to start his own team in 2009. He started the season with Scott Riggs as the car's primary driver, but after missing four of the season's first 12 races, the two parties agreed to part ways. Mike Skinner , Patrick Carpentier and Brian Simo were then scheduled to share the driving duties the remainder of the season, but Carpentier had to beg out and the team picked up Michael McDowell .

TBR figured to have some growing pains as it slogged through the 2009 season. The 36 car failed to qualify for 11 of 36 events. For the races it did qualify for, it was mostly a start-and-park operation. Its best finish was 18th in the fall race at Talladega with Robert Richardson (in his only race with the team) behind the wheel. Riggs' best finish in the car was 25th.

According to foxsports.com, Robby Gordon has named Iain Watt crew chief.

Watt, who worked at Gillett Evernham Motorsports (now Richard Petty Motorsports) starting in 2007 and was director of performance engineering prior to the merger with Yates Racing at the end of last season, has an extensive racing background in IndyCar racing and sports cars. "He's ready for this level," Gordon said. "He's been here since the new year. We started talking back in November about this position. Let's let the results speak for themselves." FULL STORY

Of course, how many races Watt actually works as crew chief remains to be seen. With Jim Beam having left as a primary sponsor after last season, Gordon's team faces sponsorship questions. According to previous reports, Gordon had sponsorship for just eight races. But Gordon has also formed an alliance with BAM Racing to provided technical support, race cars and personnel for BAM's 49 car, which doesn't yet have a full-time driver. If additional sponsorship is never found for Gordon's 7 car, perhaps he can fill in at BAM

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