MB2 Motorsports Announces 2007 Lineup
Exciting Expansion Merges Experience and Youth
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 10, 2006) -- MB2 Motorsports announced that it's 2007 lineup will include a roster of seven drivers,entries in all three of NASCAR's national series and a driver development program.
MB2's expansion started to take shape following an ownership change in July when real estate developer Bobby Ginn purchased majority interest in the 10-year-old racing organization.
"Bobby has given us an opportunity to take this team to the next level and there's nothing more exciting than that," said Jay Frye, MB2's CEO and general manager. "Our foundation is strong with a team mixture of experience and youth. Every piece we put together for 2007 was carefully thought out with the future in mind. We want to be a team to contend with over the next decade."
MB2's 2007 lineup of drivers/crew chiefs will be as follows:
Nextel Cup Series
* MB2 will field three Nextel Cup teams. MB2 newcomers Mark Martin (47-years-old) and rookie Regan Smith (23) will co-drive the No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet. Martin will drive in 20 point races plus the Bud Shootout and Nextel All Star Challenge. Smith will drive in the remaining 16 point races. Ryan Pemberton will continue to serve as crew chief on the 01 car.
* Sterling Marlin (49) will continue to drive MB2's No. 14 Chevrolet with Richard "Slugger" Labbe handling the crew chief duties.
* Joe Nemechek (43) will switch from the 01 Chevy to the new No. 13 team. Nemechek will be reunited with crew chief Peter Sospenzo, who was recently hired by MB2. Sospenzo was Nemechek's crew chief at Hendrick Motorsports in 2002 and 2003.The twosome combined to score a victory at the 2003 spring race in Richmond, Va.
Team sponsors for the No. 13 and No. 14 will be announced at a later date.
* MB2's Busch Series ride will be shared by Smith and Kraig Kinser (22). Doug Randolph will oversee the crew chief duties for the Busch operation.
Craftsman Truck Series
* MB2 will continue its partnership with Morgan-Dollar Motorsports in the Craftsman Truck Series. Kinser, along with MB2's development driver Jesus Hernandez (25), will compete in selected truck races.Motocross champion Ricky Carmichael (26), who will join MB2's development program next year, could also compete in a couple of truck races.
* MB2's driver development program in the late model series will include Hernandez and Carmichael. Jeremy Thompson, an MB2 employee and former Craftsman Truck Series competitor, will oversee the late model program. Hernandez and Carmichael will also drive in selected ARCA races.
The MB2 racing teams will be based out of the team's 144,000-square-foot shop in Mooresville, N.C.