Goess to drive the No. 81 Greenville Toyota Camry at ESR in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2009
Denver, N.C. (December 1, 2008) -- Greenville, North Carolina's Craig Goess has renewed his contract to drive for Eddie Sharp Racing in 2009. Goess will pilot the No. 81 Greenville Toyota Camry in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with 2008 Cometic Crew Chief Patrick Donahue calling the shots from the pit box. The men behind the car are the same that took Michael McDowell (2007) and Scott Speed (2008) to Victory Lane a total of eight times, and netted 12 SIM Factory Pole Positions. Goess competed in the NASCAR Camping World Series East Division in 2008 for ESR.
"I'm really excited to get back in the car this month at the Daytona test," said Goess. "I've been going stir crazy at home with nothing to race. These regular Camrys on the lot aren't as fun to drive as the ones at the race shop. I'm looking forward to moving up to the ARCA RE/MAX Series, and am very thankful to be doing it with Eddie Sharp Racing. ESR seems to be the best organization in the ARCA Series and I know that with Patrick Donahue and the rest of the crew that we have in place, everything will be ready to roll each week when we unload at the track."
ESR has proven to be the most successful organization in the series, year in and year out. I am fortunate to have Patrick Donahue as my crew chief and am looking forward to learning a lot from him."
Born in Woodbury, New Jersey, Goess was a familiar site in Victory Lane with his No. 81 Legends car. With more than 200 feature wins at over 24 tracks across the country in the Semi-Pro and Pro divisions, some of the best drivers in the country feared the No. 81 when it appeared on the entry list. Goess' success over the years earned him three National Pro Division Championships, beating some of today's top NASCAR stars such as Reed Sorenson, Kyle Busch and David Ragan. After winning 40 of the 48 races he entered from 2005 to 2007, Goess started looking towards the next level.
In 2008, Goess made the move to full-sized race cars running the No. 2 Greenville Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Camping World Series East for Eddie Sharp Racing. In 12 starts, Goess snagged three top-10 starts, two top-10 finishes and one top-5. Despite turning the wheel over to an ESR teammate and not receiving driver points for the Lime Rock road course event, Goess still finished 16th in the point standings of the highly competitive NASCAR series.
"Craig has a lot of talent and is eager to learn and take his driving to the next level," commented Crew Chief Patrick Donahue. "He communicates well and is very professional. He'll fit right in with the guys."
Eddie Sharp Racing is located in the Charlotte, NC suburb of Denver. Eddie Sharp Racing has proven to be a successful avenue of driver development, and is considered among the most elite teams in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Drivers from Eddie Sharp Racing's ARCA program have quickly advanced to the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series, two of the highest rated motorsport series in the world.
In 2007 and in the team's two racecars (2, 22), the ESR trio of Michael McDowell, Josh Wise, and Ken Butler III scored five wins, ten pole positions, and an incredible 24 top-ten finishes. In this single season, Eddie Sharp Racing's drivers won 22% of the season's races, sitting on the pole for an impressive 43% of the season. ESR followed up in 2008 with another ground-breaking year. Fielding three full-time entries, Scott Speed, Justin Lofton, and Ken Butler, III brought home a total of five wins, seven pole positions, 29 top-10, and 14 top-5 finishes. The ESR organization took home one-third of the 2008 SIM Factory Pole awards.
"We're looking forward to having Craig back for another season at ESR," said team owner Eddie Sharp. "Craig is a great representation of ESR. He is hard-working, polite, and eager to learn, perform, and succeed."