MASSILON, OH (February 6) - Canadian sprint car star Ryan Coniam has teamed up with Pete Grove's Premier Motorsports sprint car team for the 2004 season, and the combination is hoping to challenge for the All-Star Circuit of Champions points ...
MASSILON, OH (February 6) - Canadian sprint car star Ryan Coniam has teamed up with Pete Grove's Premier Motorsports sprint car team for the 2004 season, and the combination is hoping to challenge for the All-Star Circuit of Champions points title.
"Pete and I started talking in November and things just continued to progress to us working together," said Coniam, a native of Burlington, Ontario, Canada. "The past few years I've been trying to run my own team and drive, which can take a toll on a guy. With this new deal, I can concentrate on getting better on the track. Pete has top notch equipment, and I'm really looking forward to driving these J&J cars. I've seen a lot of guys run to the front in them and I'm hoping we can do the same this year."
Coniam, the 2003 All-Star Rookie-of-the-Year, joins a team that finished third in last year's Knoxville Nationals. He has raced several types of cars during his career including Supermodified cars. He finished fifth in last year's All-Star standings.
"I'm really thrilled to have Ryan drive for me this year," said Grove. "We kinda got a late start last year and really got everything together in July. We did well at the Nationals and won some All-Star races in the fall, and we're looking forward to being more of a factor this year. Last year, I had the chance to watch Ryan closely and really feel like we've got a great young talent."
Craig Stevens will take over the crew chief duties and brings a lot of experience to the program. He climbed his way up the sprint car mechanic ladder working with several World of Outlaws teams and drivers including Danny Lasoski, Johnny Herrera, Dennis Roth Motorsports and Holbrook Motorsports. Last season, Stevens was the crew chief for the Al Harrison #22 sprinter that won the World of Outlaws Texas Motor Speedway event in October.
"Craig and I worked together a couple of years ago when I drove for Junior Holbrook," said Coniam. "Craig has been through the wars and has had a lot of success. He and I communicate really well, which is really important in this business. The guy knows how to keep a car under his driver, and I really believe he can motivate me to be the best every time I hit the track."
The #70 Premier Motorsports team has product relationships with J&J Auto Racing, Lev Wings, Linc Systems Inc., Sander Engineering, Red Devil Brakes, Winters Performance, Hoosier Racing Tires, Goodridge, and B&B Oval Products.
The team will debut the #70 J&J on March 5 at Oglethorpe Speedway in Savannah, GA. They will compete in every All-Star race and some World of Outlaws events that fit their travel schedule. Coniam and the team have set several goals, but beginning the season with consistency is the key.
"We know winning a championship takes consistency," continued Coniam. "Early on we're just hoping to have some solid top five runs. If we can consistently run well, our chances of the season goal will become a reality."