Motorsport.com -- Billy Boat and Cary Agajanian announced Tuesday, November 20, 2001 that they will enter a new team in the Indy Racing League 2002 series competition. Mike Curb will continue as a partner with Curb Record sponsorship. "I am...
Motorsport.com -- Billy Boat and Cary Agajanian announced Tuesday, November 20, 2001 that they will enter a new team in the Indy Racing League 2002 series competition. Mike Curb will continue as a partner with Curb Record sponsorship.
"I am very excited to be teaming with Mike Curb and Cary Agajanian next year," stated veteran driver and new co-owner Boat. The team's operation will be based in Boat's hometown of Phoenix, Arizona directly across from Boat's business, B&B Performance Exhaust.
Agajanian reflected on his father's J.C.'s past in motor sports as he remarked about the homecoming he has received. "I have known Billy for a number of years and this past season, I partner with Mike and Curb Records financially as a sponsor," said Agajanian.
The team will have a Chevy engine from Speedway Engines with a Dallara chassis. Agajanian will handle the financial end of the business while Boat will take care of the technical end along with team manager, Darrell Soppe.
"I feel strongly about moving the team to Phoenix as I have a number of business contacts here and can use the team as a focal point in the community," said Boat. "Darrell is already here and the shop is being built."
This past season, Agajanian came on board in an informal arrangement "acted more as a sponsor". "It was the appropriate time to take an ownership role. Mainly for the financial end not technical," said Agajanian "I'm extremely excited to return to the Indy 500 with the Number 98 on the car in honor of the past." Note: The car number on J.C. Agajanian's two Indy 500 wins (1952 with Troy Ruttman and 1963 with Parnelli Jones).
The team is looking toward the future with a positive outlook and plan to do as many open test days as possible; definitely Nazareth and California Speedway. "Testing is an important part of success," said Boat. "How much depends on the Indy Racing League testing procedures/open test days. Private testing depends on our own budget and the IRL's restrictions."
"I am looking forward to it," said Boat on his return this Thursday to midget racing at the Irwindale Turkey Night