MB2 Motorsports General Manager Jay Frye and team owners Tom Beard, Read Morton, and Nelson Bowers engineered the purchase of Tyler Jet Motorsports assets last week. Drivers Johnny Benson and Kenny Schrader raced together as teammates for the...
MB2 Motorsports General Manager Jay Frye and team owners Tom Beard, Read Morton, and Nelson Bowers engineered the purchase of Tyler Jet Motorsports assets last week. Drivers Johnny Benson and Kenny Schrader raced together as teammates for the first time Sunday at Pocono where Benson finished 12th after running in the top five all day and leading three laps. Frye said the issues facing MB2 for the remainder of the 2000 season are finding sponsorship for the #10 team and integrating the two teams into a single organization in a new building.
Frye On #10 Car's Sponsorship Situation:
"The sponsorship situation with the #10 car is no different than it was last week. MB2 Motorsports came in and purchased the assets of Tyler Jet Motorsports. Right now, we are actively searching for a sponsor for the rest of 2000. We are kind of in an uncertain position with the #10 car. Funding is in place for 2001. It's the rest of this year we still have to get through. Our goal was to start a new team for next year. So the partnership is completed and we are way ahead of where we would be if we had started from scratch. We purchased the assets of a very good team."
Status Of Potential Sponsors:
"We have numerous sponsors we are talking to, but nothing is signed yet. We feel good about a lot of them but like I said, nothing is finalized. We are definitely going to race at Indianapolis, then after that we are taking this season one race at a time. Our goal is to keep going. We want to run the full season. But, we can't fund the rest of the year out of our own pockets. There's going to have to be a point where a decision is made. I don't know when that will be. If we can't find a sponsor then we will stay home and start working on cars for Daytona in 2001. But our goal is to keep this team going the rest of the year."
Benefits Of A Two-Car Team:
"The teams have already started working together at the Indy test. From what I saw things went extremely well this weekend. James Ince and Sammy Johns were on the #36 truck together on Friday and Kenny and Johnny were on the #10 truck Sunday morning trading information. I think everyone on both teams is excited about this deal. It's almost like Mom and Dad bringing home a new baby brother. There's a new addition to the family and we all are all proud."
How Much Work Has This Been:
"How busy am I? On a 1 to 10 scale I'm at about a 15 right now. But it is a good feeling. We were relieved the deal was put together last week. That was big. That was the first step. Now we have a lot of other things we need to complete this week. The sponsor part is still the primary goal this week."
"In addition to all that we are still working on plans for our new shop which will be over by the Concord (N.C.) airport. The teams should move in Dec. 15 and the shop completed by Jan. 15. Each team will have its own area of the shop. We are feeling very good about our whole organization right now. There is going to be a lot of work to do in the next six months. Job descriptions will be changing, people will be moving, there will be guys working for both teams now instead of just one team. It's things like that that will be an ongoing process for the rest of the year."