Butz Racing Adds 16-Year-Old Hanson To MARS Late Model Team
Long Haul Trucking and Roll-Tite To Back Effort
ST. PAUL, MN (December 24, 2004) - Wisconsin based Mike Butz Racing has added another car to its racing stable for the 2005 season, with the addition of 16-year-old Andy Hanson from Ramsey, MN.
Hanson will pilot the number #42 Long Haul Trucking / Roll Tite entry in the entire Midwest Allstar Racing Series (MARS) Late Model schedule. Hanson will be teammates with three-time defending MARS Series Champion Jeff VanOudenhoven of Kimberly, WI.
Long Haul Trucking of Albertville, MN has inked a deal to become the primary sponsor of the car with Presenting Sponsor commitments coming from Till-Fab Limited, maker of the original Roll-Tite tarping system, based in Norwich, Ontario. Long Haul Trucking has a long history of supporting championship teams in a variety of different disciplines.
"I am thoroughly impressed with the talent and expertise assembled in this program, and we are fully committed to supporting young Andy Hanson in his pursuit of a championship with Mike Butz racing. We are excited to partner with Till-Fab in this effort as Till Fab has been a tremendous asset to Long Hauls corporate success and we are thrilled to extend that relationship to the track." - Long Haul President, John Daniels
Hanson recently completed his rookie season in Super Late Models in 2004 compiling Three Feature Wins, a Track Qualifying Record, Rookie of the Year and Runner up in points at the Fergus Falls Raceway. Hanson also took the Rookie of the Year award and a fourth-place finish in points at the highly competitive I-94 Raceway.
"I still can't believe it. I have to pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming. To be driving for one of the best car owners and crew chiefs in the Midwest, maybe even the country is awesome. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be given the chance to drive for Mike Butz Racing. What a way to celebrate my sixteenth birthday!"- Andy Hanson
Mike Butz Racing has a long history of developing young talented race car drivers into champions. 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Matt Kenseth drove for Mike Butz Racing from 1993 to 1996. Others who have driven Mike Butz owned and prepared cars include: Jimmy Spencer, Kenny Wallace, Ken Schrader, and Cale Yarborough.
More information on developing sponsor relationships, the team, and special event appearances will be forthcoming in the near future.