ppc Racing, Moving Forward in 2007
Mooresville, N.C. (January 19, 2007) GPg PR - "ppc Racing is not closing its doors, and is not shutting down," said ppc owner Greg Pollex. "2005 and 2006 were difficult years for ppc Racing and I need to take some time to address some issues and sponsorship needs of the company. ppc Racing is not merging its company with any other team. In continuance of working with our sponsors and exploring opportunities for ppc Racing in 2008, I have decided to align with other Busch Series owners to operate cars in the 2007 season."
ppc Racing first entered competition in 2000 with Jeff Green and Jason Keller driving the Nesquick and Excedrin cars. Jeff Green won the series by more points than any other champion (until eclipsed this year by Kevin Harvick) and Jason Keller finished second. That feat, to place two cars first and second in the final points standings, has never been matched.
"In the case of Braun Racing, Braun had a partial season sponsorship and ppc had a partial season partnership with Camping World. It made much more sense for us to run a full season together than to run two partial seasons separately," explained Pollex. Last year, ppc Racing's entries with Kenny Wallace and John Andretti, finished 11th and 12th in the final driver point standings. Braun's No. 38 entry with Jason Leffler finished 13th. Those cars were the first three full-season entries in the 2006 series that operated independently from a Nextel Cup team.
"I believe that the Busch Series should race different from the Cup Series and the fact that Braun and ppc have been fighting against the Cup teams was an important reason for this move. I think that our alliance with Braun will be capable of battling for wins with the Cup teams, cars, crews and drivers this year," Pollex remarked.
In addition to an alliance with Braun on the No. 10 car, ppc Racing is also considering a joint venture to keep operating its team that competed under the No. 22 in 2006. "We're working with a new team that will be racing some of our ppc cars. I'm going to participate in the management on a consulting basis and help develop that team to be competitive. It's difficult to start a new team today, but our equipment and know-how will assist that team in achieving that goal much sooner than otherwise." This team will likely operate under the No. 14. ppc has agreed to exchange the No. 22 for the No. 14 with Fitz Racing, pending NASCAR approval.
Pollex previously owned Busch cars in the 1990's and took some time off from ownership in 1997 when he sold the No. 97 team to Roush Racing. "ppc Racing is still working to secure sponsorship for the later part of the 2007 season and in 2008. ppc's agreements with the other Busch Series owners allow the team to return in 2008 and retain our identity and history as a Busch Series champion." ppc Racing hopes to secure sponsorship for its third car (No. 11) for later in the 2007 season.