Andy Belmont Racing Acquires ARCA's No. 62 Team & Assets CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Thursday, December 7, 2006) - - Veteran ARCA RE/MAX Series owner and driver Andy Belmont announced today that his company Andy Belmont Racing has acquired the ...
Andy Belmont Racing Acquires ARCA's No. 62 Team & Assets
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Thursday, December 7, 2006) - - Veteran ARCA RE/MAX Series owner and driver Andy Belmont announced today that his company Andy Belmont Racing has acquired the assets of the No. 62 ARCA RE/MAX Series team owned by Bob Aiello.
Andy Belmont Racing (ABR) will return to a two-car operation next season fielding Belmont's familiar No. 1 Ford Taurus, while putting together a competitive program for the No. 62 under the ABR banner.
"We're very excited about the 2007 season," said Belmont, who now calls Mooresville, North Carolina home. "We've been working together with Bob (Aiello, former owner of No. 62) in the past on several projects and now the timing seems right. Bob and I bounced this around a lot late last year and it all kind of came together. We are proud to announce that Aiello will stay on with the team in an advisory position and will also make himself available as a consultant to other racing programs."
Taking over the assets of the No. 62also provides ABR a strong owner's point berth heading into the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series season. The No. 62 finished fifth in ARCA RE/MAX Series owner's points this season. In 22 of the 23 events, the team amassed one win, nine top-fives and nine top-10 finishes including one win.
Belmont's No. 1 reeled in a solid 25th place position in the owner's points with one top ten finish at Salem Speedway (September) utilizing a host of drivers this season. The duo's standings virtually lock them into the first five events for 2007.
"We're in a very good point's position as we prepare our cars for Daytona," explained Belmont. "In this age of racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, the competition is very tough, while we don't plan to use the provisional system, the fallback position offers some comfort should the unexpected ever arise. However, we're making some great changes to our organization this off season and I'm definitely pumped about the future of ABR."
Belmont continued, "The off season testing that we have done so far seems to have really helped. We have taken the opportunity to experiment with some things that we just couldn't test under race conditions last year and I believe it will help out in the long run. We have tested some rookie drivers and are trying real hard to get the communication worked out between the team and the drivers. We will go to the test at Daytona with a couple of different people steering the cars as we keep searching for the right folks to drive the ABR race cars."
The team is busy building new "hot rods" for next season's events allowing the team to catch up with the ever changing technology the teams now face in the RE/MAX Series. ABR has been reconnected with some of its past employees, proving that the 2007 could be the most competitive season for ABR yet.
"We are very fortunate," said Belmont. Barry Owen is working with us getting our cars together. NASCAR Busch East Series standout Joey McCarthy is working on some of our projects right now as well. Scott Lopez had made the move from the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series to ABR and his influence has been great to our team. Everything appears to be working and working well. We have a very interesting group right now. We also have half of a dozen students from the NASCAR Technical Institute and that's been a big help. The students have some of the basics down and are eager to learn more. They have the will and the want to be a part of racing and that is huge.Youthful enthusiasm is akey component in any program that is growing."
Andy Belmont Racing is expected to announce its alignment of drivers and sponsorship lineup in the near future.