WS: Bill McAnally Racing signs Brian Ickler

Brian Ickler Returns with BMR to Drive the ...

Brian Ickler Returns with BMR to Drive the #16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet

Antelope, CA (February 2, 2007) - Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) has signed Brian Ickler to drive the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series for the 2007 race season.

Brian, a 21-year-old from Southern California, returns for his sophomore season with BMR. He finished ninth in the chase for the NGND West Series Championship last season, won a qualifying race at the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown and finished in the top-five in the featured race. His freshman season included two runner up and six top-ten finishes in twelve races.

"We're excited to have Brian back for his second year of racing in the West Series," said Bill McAnally. "He's really impressed me with how quick he adapted to both the West Series car and tracks. He's shown he can run with the best of the best whether it's on a short track speedway or a road course. He's paid his dues and he has what it takes to win a fourth series championship for NAPA AUTO PARTS."

"We're starting this season with a lot of momentum," said Ickler. "Crew Chief Craig Raudman and Bill have assembled a great team and we're set to finish what was a great start last season. This is a championship caliber team that is capable of winning a championship. It's great to be back with BMR."

Brian began racing when he was 14 years old at the local Off-Road Desert Series in Southern California. At 16 years old, he competed in the SCORE Baja 1000. Taking 22 hours to complete, he finished 4th in his class.

At 17 years old he moved up to the SCORE Lite Class, and completely dominated the year with 5 wins, and 1 second place finish, in the 6 race season. He completed every mile of the 2,086 mile season, earning him the Toyota Milestone Award and the Toyota True Grit Award. He wrapped up the season with SCORE Rookie of the Year. In 2005, Brian began "pavement" racing at Irwindale Speedway in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the Lucas Oil Super Late Model Division. He consistently ran towards the front, set fast time, and won their biggest race of the year, the NASCAR Hot Wheels 200.

The first race of the NGND West Series will be March 31st in Kyle, Texas. For more information on Bill McAnally Racing and our race partner NAPA AUTO PARTS, please logon to www.billmcanallyracing.com.

-credit: bmr

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Craig Raudman , Brian Ickler