Red Horse Racing Buys Clean Line Motorsports
Tom DeLoach, Jeff Hammond join Marty Gaunt As owners of strong NASCAR Truck Series team
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- A NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion and a veteran motorsports business executive are joining forces with a top up-and-coming NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team.
Jeff Hammond, national television analyst and former Cup crew chief, and Thomas C. DeLoach, Jr., a successful corporate executive who is now heavily involved in motorsports, will partner with Marty Gaunt as co-owners of Red Horse Racing LLC. The new organization has purchased Clean Line Motorsports, which fields the #38 McMillin Homes/Cure Autism Now Toyota Tundra, from Dan and Karen Whitt.
"We are very pleased to have Tom DeLoach and Jeff Hammond joining the team," said Gaunt, who has been part Owner and General Manager of the team since its inception.
"Dan and Karen (Whitt) worked very hard and did a great job in helping start this race team but they realized we needed to do more to move it ahead," Gaunt said. "Tom DeLoach's business and marketing savvy, and Jeff Hammond's motorsports knowledge will complement our team perfectly, and will give us what we need to take our next step."
Brandon Whitt will continue as driver and team personnel are anticipated to remain the same, Gaunt said. The #38 Truck has been one of the better qualifiers throughout this season and has run exceptionally strong at nearly every speedway. This is its second full year of operation.
"We're ready for Texas and the Chex 400 this week, and we won't miss a beat as we continue moving forward," Gaunt said. "We're proud of our association with Toyota and feel the Tundra is a terrific vehicle for the Craftsman Truck Series. We're planning on doing some great things with ours."
"This is a great time for Tom DeLoach and myself," said Hammond. "We are very excited about being part of an up-and-coming team like this, especially one that has enjoyed such strong support from Toyota. That support has already shown itself on the track this year, and we're excited about the future."
Gaunt and DeLoach worked together at Penske Racing's winning Cup organization, where Gaunt was General Manager and DeLoach part Owner. DeLoach and Hammond own and operate PIT Instruction and Training LLC, the number one pit crew training center in the world.
Hammond has been in motorsports his entire adult life. Starting as a tire changer for an independent team in 1974, Hammond became crew chief for Junior Johnson racing in 1982 and won two NASCAR Nextel Cup championships with Darrell Waltrip and 43 Cup races, and has participated in six Cup championship teams. He is currently a lead television analyst for FOX Sports, FX and SPEED channel.
DeLoach came to motorsports from the Mobil Oil Corporation, where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and later President of Global Midstream, which included global hydrocarbon supply and trading, marine operations, and worldwide natural gas sales and marketing. Worldwide coordinator of Mobil's motorsports operations, DeLoach gained a unique knowledge of the racing world and gained insight into NASCAR racing.