Sauter focusing on Homestead-Miami, not team's uncertain future. MIAMI, FL (November 16, 2002) - Tim Sauter and AP Performance Racing have an incredible burden on their shoulders heading into the Ford 300 NASCAR Busch Series event at ...
Sauter focusing on Homestead-Miami, not team's uncertain future.
MIAMI, FL (November 16, 2002) - Tim Sauter and AP Performance Racing have an incredible burden on their shoulders heading into the Ford 300 NASCAR Busch Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. This race is their last chance to gain the corporate support necessary to be at Daytona next February. Without a sponsor signed for 2003, AP Performance Racing will not return.
"We are talking to several people right now, but we don't have anything set," explained the 1999 American Speed Association Champion, Sauter. "I think we have harped on this enough. People already know how serious the situation is with AP Performance Racing. I am just looking forward to driving another race for this team. I don't want to focus on the negative."
In August, Alec Pinsonneault announced he would no longer fund his Top 15 Busch Series team entirely out of pocket in 2003. Since that time, not one AP Performance Racing employee has left the team. They remain committed to the belief that a rookie race team, which has become a consistent front-runner in the second most watched motorsports series in the country, can secure the sponsorship necessary to continue to compete. Part of that commitment means putting aside the team's sponsor struggles this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and getting back to what the team does best, race.
"I am pumped up, the team is pumped up," said Sauter. "Homestead-Miami is a track where we can run well. We chose it as the second of our two debut races in 2001. It's a fast flat track, and the kind I run best at. We are going to approach this race the same as we have all year, prepared and determined to run well and gain as many points as we can."
With so many things uncertain for AP Performance Racing this weekend, one thing remains the same. Bobby Bakeeff, Frank Bolter, Red Davis, Steve Ellis, Billy Fredell, Dale Fredricks, Vic Getzloff, Dave Mitchell, Shawn Pincola, John Quinn, Tim Sauter, Richard Timmons, and Danny Tompkins will show up ready to compete. They will make certain their No. 19 Chevy is a frontrunner in the NASCAR Busch Series. Everything else? We'll that's just racing.
Sauter and his AP Performance Racing team take the green flag in the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Saturday November 16, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The event will be telecast live on NBC and will be broadcast worldwide on MRN Radio.
ABOUT AP PERFORMANCE RACING:
AP Performance Racing debuted in 1992 as an American Speed Association entry with team owner Alec Pinsonneault as the driver. The Windsor, Ontario based team notched 16 ASA victories and a pair of division titles with Tim Sauter (1999) and Johnny Sauter (2001) delivering the championship trophies. Now housed in a state of the art facility in Mooresville, NC, AP Performance Racing will field a full-time NASCAR Busch Series effort in 2002 with Tim Sauter again handling the driving chores. AP Performance Racing is a division of AP Development. Also in the family of AP companies are Build A Mold, A.P. Tool and Gauge, Moldplas, Inc, Trimplas, LTD, Trimplas 2 and Trimplas 2000.