(Mooresville, NC) -- Ed and Sam Rensi, co-owners of Team Rensi Motorsports, announced today that Bobby Hamilton Jr. will take over the driver's seat of the No. 25 Team Marines Racing machine for the 2002 NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division, season.
Hamilton, Jr., a Nashville, Tennessee native, began his racing career at the age of 15. With the guidance of his father, veteran Winston Cup driver Bobby Hamilton Sr., Hamilton, Jr. entered the NASCAR Busch Series full-time in 1999 and hasn't looked back since, with two pole awards, two top-fives and eight top-10's under his belt.
"I am excited about the opportunity in front of me," said Hamilton, Jr. "This is a young team, and just like me, they are hungry for success. These guys value and pride themselves on teamwork and that is the kind of team you want behind you. I know that our combined desire to win and achieve success will put us in victory lane in no time."
Sam Rensi couldn't be happier with the addition of Hamilton, Jr. to his team. "Bobby is not only a great person, but a great competitor," said Rensi. "We wanted someone with not only the ability to win, but the drive to win as well. It was also important that we choose someone who could represent the United States Marine Corps well. For all parties involved, Bobby was the unanimous choice."
Team Rensi Motorsports has committed themselves to changing the direction of their program and finding their way back to victory lane. To prove their commitment, the team has made several other changes for the 2002 season.
Fred Wanke, who led Ted Musgrave to a series high seven victories in the Craftsman Truck Series this past season, has been named crew chief for the No. 25 Team Marines. Wanke brings to Team Rensi over 25 years of experience in the sport and will be a solid addition to the team, according to Ed Rensi.
"We feel that Fred has a lot to offer this team, the most important being his experience and leadership skills. With the addition of both Fred and Bobby, I anticipate a lot of success for this team in 2002," said Rensi.
Other changes include transitions in both manufacturers and engine outfits, moving to Ford and Robert Yates engines, for the upcoming season. The team recently acquired the No. 02 Fords of Ryan Newman's from Penske, a step that Hamilton, Jr. is thrilled about. "Penske cars with Yates power is an equipment platform that any driver would be excited about. I am looking forward to getting on the track and seeing what they can do."
Ed Rensi feels that these equipment changes were necessary in order to stay competitive. "In both racing and business, you have to be innovative to beat the competition," said Ed Rensi. "Both Ford and Yates have a long history of success in motorsports and we are confident their experience will add significant value to our 2002 racing program."
Sponsorship is one element of the program that will not change. The United States Marine Corps will return as associate sponsor of the No. 25 Team Marines and they are very supportive of all changes that have been made for the upcoming season.
"The Marine Corps stands behind Ed and Sam 100 percent. We are very pleased with the changes that they have made to the program for 2002," said Major Rob Winchester, who is on temporary assignment in Bajaran. "I am confident that Bobby's desire for success and Fred's experience, as well as equipment transitions, will be a winning combination. We are looking forward to a very successful 2002 season."