Sauter Returns to ThorSport Racing for 2011 Championship Run Sandusky, Oh. (October 20, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter and ThorSport Racing will once again team up to run for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in 2011. Sauter, the 2001...
Sauter Returns to ThorSport Racing for 2011 Championship Run
Sandusky, Oh. (October 20, 2010) -- Johnny Sauter and ThorSport Racing will once again team up to run for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship in 2011. Sauter, the 2001 ASA Racing Series champion, winner of three Nationwide Series races, and a two-time NCWTS winner, signed an extension to continue driving the No. 13 Chevrolet last week.
"I am as excited about the final five races of this season as I have ever been," Sauter continued. "We have our best trucks ready to go and we have some of our best tracks coming up. I think we have a real shot to win every one of them. But as excited as I am for those races, I am even more excited about next year. We didn't really get off to the best start this year at Daytona so I am already fired up and ready to start 2011 off on the right foot."
Since joining ThorSport Racing for the 2009 season, Sauter has won two Camping World Truck Series races (Las Vegas, September 2009 and Kansas, April 2010), collected 19 top-five finishes, 26 top-ten finishes, and won two poles. He finished sixth in the 2009 championship standings while winning the series' Raybestos Rookie of the Year award, and currently sits third in the 2010 championship standings, just 38 points out of second.
"Johnny and Joe Shear have helped turn our No. 13 team into a legitimate contender to win every week and to challenge for the championship so we're happy to know they are both on board for 2011," said ThorSport Racing team owner Duke Thorson. "We've tried for several years to find the right driver-crew chief combination for that team and once we brought Joe on board we knew we found it."
"We're still working on the sponsorship situation for the No. 13 team," said Matthew LaNeve, Vice President of Motorsports Partnerships for ThorSport Racing. "We've had some good conversations with several companies who've expressed interest in both Johnny and ThorSport Racing. We are evaluating those potential partners and we are open to out-of-the-box thinking to include a performance-based sponsorship plan. We are looking for a company that will not only benefit from the exposure generated from the truck racing on track, but one that can take advantage of the ThorSport Racing marketing platform. Through our existing business-to-business relationships ThorSport Racing can provide an immediate and real return on investment to a potential partner."