Category:Auto Racing
Posted on: May 8, 2010 12:06 am
Edited on: May 8, 2010 12:07 am

Childress expects new deal with Harvick soon

Unless Kevin Harvick has him fooled, Richard Childress believes a new deal with the driver of the No. 29 car can be in place by the end of the month. Though Harvick may has had his ups and downs throughout his career at RCR, he's enjoying an upswing at the moment, leading the standings by 10 points over Jimmie Johnson heading into Saturday night's race at Darlington.

"It's good for RCR, Kevin and all of us if we can put this thing back together," Childress said.

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Posted on: May 6, 2010 11:24 am

BAM Racing signs 13-year-old

Seeing as a top talent isn't exactly breaking down the door, BAM Racing is getting into the driver development business and they're starting with 13-year-old Canadian driver Ryan Mackintosh . If things work out, six or seven years from now they'll have a phenom ala Joey Logano in the fold.

Press release follows:

Charlotte, N.C. (May 6, 2010) – Working to secure their future in NASCAR, BAM Racing announced today it would be introducing a driver development program. BAM has signed young Canadian driver Ryan Mackintosh as their first development driver.  Mackintosh, 13, currently drives for Chris Woods Racing in Kannapolis, N.C. He is originally from Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada where he was the 2009 Canadian INEX Young Gun Champion. In 2010, Mackintosh is competing full time in the INEX Bandolero Outlaws division and is scheduled to race selected Allison Legacy events.

Mackintosh moved from Canada to the United States to pursue his racing career fulltime while his parents and sister continue to live in Canada. Ryan has proven his dedication by balancing his time between education and racing; completing schoolwork and devoting time to learn how to work on the cars in the race shop.

BAM Racing Owner Beth Ann Morgenthau is looking forward to putting her stamp on the future of racing by contributing to the development of a young driver. Mrs. Morgenthau explains, “We chose Ryan to be associated with BAM Racing because of his proven talent and the drive that he has exhibited at such a young age.  Ryan is a well mannered young man that is extremely dedicated, we are proud to help him progress.”

BAM’s driver development program will offer support for Mackintosh to allow him to continue to develop as a young professional. The team signed Mackintosh to a long term contract, tying up the first option to his services as a professional race car driver.  “Instead of a rigidly structured program, we want it to be a mentorship, to provide guidance and help steer Ryan in the right direction to grow his career.” said Morgenthau.  The program is in its infancy and depending on its success, BAM may expand it in the future, however the team wanted to stress that it is exclusive and that BAM Racing is not accepting any applications for other development drivers. 

Mackintosh will be working with BAM Racing for the immediate future.  Ryan said, “I am thrilled to be associated with a NASCAR Sprint Cup team like BAM Racing.  I’m glad they see that I take my racing seriously and I hope that I can live up to the expectations they have.”

If fans express interest in the career of the young driver, the team says they may carve out a spot for him on their interactive web site, for occasional updates.

Posted on: May 4, 2010 5:21 pm

J.J. Yeley back in the Cup Series

J.J. Yeley will attempt to qualify the No. 46 car for Whitney Motorsports at Darlington. Yeley last turned a lap in a Cup race in August of 2008.

Yeley replaces Terry Cook, whose departure was announced on Facebook earlier this week:

Terry Cook, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender, is no longer with Whitney Motorsports effective immediately. Terry, who has been serving as Team Manager/ Driver, was uncomfortable with the direction that the team was heading towards and opted to leave the team. Terry would like to thank all of his fans for their support. Hopefully we will see Terry back on the track in the near future. Cook qualified for just three of the season's first 10 races, with a best finish of 34th at Phoenix.

If things work out, more races could be added to Yeley's schedule.

Posted on: April 28, 2010 1:18 pm

Mears hooks up with Tommy Baldwin Racing

The driver carousel continues over at Tommy Baldwin Racing with Casey Mears coming aboard starting at Richmond.

The organization has been through a plethora of drivers in its short existence.

Last year, Scott Riggs, Mike Skinner, Patrick Carpentier, Brian Simo, Michael McDowell and Robert Richardson all shared the driver's seat at one time or another.

This year started with Mike Bliss before Johnny Sauter took over for two races.

Mears, meanwhile, is jumping at any opportunity he can find to stay in the Cup Series. After losing his ride at Richard Childress Racing following the 2009 season, he began 2010 in the 90 car for Key Motorsports. After qualifying for just one of the season's first five races -- a 30th place finish at Bristol -- he parted ways with the team.

-- Brian De Los Santos
Posted on: April 26, 2010 4:23 pm

Penske insists Hornish will be back in 2011

Though he still needs to find a sponsor to replace Mobil 1, owner Roger Penske intends to keep Sam Hornish Jr. in the 77 car according to a report at

"Our plan is to run three cars next year and Sam is in that program," Penske said. "We’re planning on it. … Sam has been with us, he won the Indy 500 with us, he came over here, he’s endured and he’s run better than his points position."

For his part, Hornish has no interest in returning to the IndyCar Series.

"The IndyCar thing, while I had a lot of fun over there, at the end of that it wasn't providing me with what I wanted anymore as far as the challenge," Hornish was quoted in USA Today . "I came over and started this project. I'd like to stay with it as long as I can, whether truck, Nationwide or Cup.

"I don't really feel the team is going to leave me hanging high and dry. We'll have to wait and see what else happens."

Posted on: April 26, 2010 10:08 am
Edited on: April 26, 2010 10:09 am

Mark Martin interested in ownership?

According to multiple reports, Mark Martin may be willing to follow the path of Tony Stewart and become an owner when his contract expires with Hendrick Motorsports in 2012. And Rick Hendrick would be willing to supply all the tools necessary for him to succeed.

"There was a time prior to 2007 when I thought maybe I would like to go crawl under a rock or something," Martin said. "(But) this is my life. I've done it for over 35 years and the people in the sport. This is my life. I'm going to be around for a while and it's a long time away and we'll see what happens."
Category: Auto Racing
Tags: Mark Martin
Posted on: April 26, 2010 9:54 am
Edited on: April 26, 2010 9:55 am

Finch looking to sell Phoenix Racing

A nice article at about James Finch looking to sell his Phoenix Racing.

For a price, the new owner would acquire a 70,000 sq. ft. building complete with 35 race cars, all the machinery and two houses on nine acres in Spartanburg, S.C.

“I’ve had a real good time,” Finch said. “But it’s time to do something else. Offer me a fair price — then give me half and we’ll have a deal.”

Finch fielded cars for a variety of drivers in NASCAR’s Cup and Nationwide Series as well as ARCA. He won 12 NNS races with six different drivers on nine different tracks. But his most coveted win came at Talladega last year as Finch provided rookie Brad Keselowski with an opportunity to earn his first Sprint Cup victory.

Finch said he always aspired to win a race at Daytona at the Cup level and his Phoenix Racing cars were always perennial favorites at restrictor-plate tracks. But after 20 years of competition in NASCAR, Finch has no unrealistic expectations — particularly after losing the Miccosukee Casino and Resort sponsorship at the start of the season.

“It was meant for me to win Talladega and not Daytona — but that was a lifetime dream,” Finch said. “I just don’t want to go broke trying to outrun the manufacturers — whether that’s Jack Roush (with Ford), Rick Hendrick (Chevrolet), Joe Gibbs (Toyota) or Roger Penske (Dodge). I don’t have a sponsor and to rent a motor is $100,000 a race (from the top engine builders). I feel like I’ve been run out of business. You have to do business with them to run up front and that’s too expensive. We use to run 175 miles per hour for a 20th of a price. And now we’re running 190 miles per hour and it’s $225,000 to run all your stuff.”

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Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: April 23, 2010 12:45 pm
Edited on: April 23, 2010 2:52 pm

Harvick preference is to remain in Chevy family

As we noted yesterday there have been differing reports as to whether Kevin Harvick really wants to stay at Richard Childress Racing.

Speaking Friday from Talladega, Harvick says he's still talking with Childress, but wasn't happy with how the departure of sponsor Shell/Pennzoil was handled. He also said he was in no hurry to make a decision.

The biggest thing to come out of the news conference was that Harvick would like to stay in the Chevrolet family. If that's the case, his options would seem to be limited to staying with RCR, hooking up with Stewart-Haas or moving up his own team to the Cup Series.

Earnhardt-Ganassi has an engine alliance with RCR, so going there would basically be a lateral move. And there's no room at Hendrick unless Dale Earnhardt Jr. is jettisoned.

-- Brian De Los Santos

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