Cleary Motorsports Toledo preview

Thundering Into Toledo LANSING, Mich (May 18, 2006) - - Cleary Motorsports with veteran driver Gary Sherman aboard will muscle their way down to Toledo Speedway looking to make their 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series debut in the Hantz Group 200...

Thundering Into Toledo

LANSING, Mich (May 18, 2006) - - Cleary Motorsports with veteran driver Gary Sherman aboard will muscle their way down to Toledo Speedway looking to make their 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series debut in the Hantz Group 200 this Sunday afternoon.

It's been a while, since Cleary Motorsports has competed in an ARCA event, but don't let that faze you. The team has been working diligently preparing cars in order to continue their successful performance in the developmental series of NASCAR.

While the team plans to make their debut at the half-mile track, the team excelled on similar tracks to Toledo Speedway last season. Only competing in just four races last season, the team pulled together one top-five finish in their series debut at Berlin Raceway advancing to the fifth position. The team collected two additional top-ten finishes at Salem Speedway (seventh) and Lake Erie Speedway (tenth).

"We're looking forward to another productive and successful limited schedule in the ARCA RE/MAX Series," said Sherman, who will pilot the No. 62 Cleary Motorsports Chevrolet this weekend. "We had planned to compete at Salem Speedway earlier this season, but we had some drawbacks. Instead of arriving at the track with the chance of not being as competitive as we were last year, we forged the event and concentrated on this weekend's race."

John Engel, former partner of Chassisdyne Motorsport driven by Ed Wettlaufer has left that organization and leaped aboard as a partner with Cleary Motorsports this season. Engel, who served as the crew chief for Wettlaufer last season joins Cleary Motorsports partners Rob Cleary and Dave Hasubeck.

"As a team, we're proud to have John aboard," continued Sherman. "He has brought some additional resources to the team and I know he's going to fit in just fine."

Much like last year, Cleary Motorsports enters the sixth race of the season sponsorless. In addition to working fiercely on cars, the team has worked productively towards finding a sponsor for the No. 62 machine.

"We've been working on a lot of things," stated Cleary Motorsports team owner Rob Cleary. "Sponsorship is very hard to find in any division of Motorsports. We are continuing to talk to some companies but nothing has been finalized. We're pretty close to signing a sponsor for Berlin and that's good, but we are looking for some more financial security so we can race more often."

Despite the lack of dollars, the team's goals remain the same. "I would like to return to finishing in the top-ten," explained Sherman. "We haven't competed in a race with an ARCA car at Toledo, but I am looking forward to it. If we can roll off the truck clean, practice well and qualify inside the top-top, we're already ahead for the season."

-mgr

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