ELKHART, IND. (September 27, 2000) -- South Bend, Ind., native David Stremme and the ISES Performance Group will return to the American Speed Association ACDelco Series in 2001 and run for Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year honors. In...
ELKHART, IND. (September 27, 2000) -- South Bend, Ind., native David Stremme and the ISES Performance Group will return to the American Speed Association ACDelco Series in 2001 and run for Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year honors.
In terms that are being finalized this weekend at the Winchester 400, the ISES Performance Group plans to run the 2001 season in association with Robert Hamke Racing. Under the new arrangement, the Hamke Racing ASA operation will move its equipment from Mo orseville, N.C., to the ISES Racing Group headquarters in Elkhart, Ind. Robert Hamke will remain as crew chief for the team.
"Robert's the guy who gave us our shot in this series and we think we've teamed-up for a very successful run these past few months," said Tris Gour, president of the ISES Performance Group. "We're very excited about continuing our relationship with him nex t season."
In July, Stremme and the ISES team ran in its first ASA race after a Hamke Racing Pontiac, which was previously piloted by Phillip Kranefuss, became available. Although that first ASA race at Salem Speedway began inauspiciously for Stremme and ISES (the #27 Pontiac started and finished last in the field), the Stremme/ISES/Hamke arrangement has continued to show progress at each of their following races.
The 23-year-old not only finished his next six outings, but either started or finished each race no lower than 12th. Included in this impressive two-month stretch was a sixth-place finish at the Factory Motor Parts 300 in August at Madison International Sp eedway, and his first career ASA pole coming in the Memphis 200 at Memphis Motorsports Park. The team's start at the Winchester 400 this weekend will mark their eighth and final ASA race of the season, allowing Stremme to be eligible for Rookie of the Yea r honors in 2001.
Gour said that the team's pursuit of major sponsorship of the car for the 2001 season will begin immediately.
"In running a limited schedule this season, we've been able to make some contacts, learn a little about the series and come up with an appropriate sponsorship plan for next year," said Gour. "Once we get back from Winchester, we'll be able to sort out some opportunities and concentrate on finding a corporate sponsor that is perfect for our long-term goals."
The sponsor of the #27 Pontiac has been Industrial Safety and Environmental Services -- the parent company of the ISES Performance Group. Industrial Safety and Environmental Services is an environmental compliance consulting firm and the only such organizat ion involved in motorsports sponsorship. The company will remain as an associate sponsor for the team next season.