David Stremme Teams with Veteran Lettow to Run for Rookie Honors
Go Go Motorsports Operation Will Once Again Have Funding From Meijer Stores
PENDLETON, Ind. (December 18, 2001) -- The 2002 Pat Schauer Memorial Rookie of the Year class has its first official entrant, as Go Go Motorsports announced today they will field a team for Indiana's David Stremme in the 2002 American Speed Association seas on. The team will be led by veteran ASA crew chief Howie Lettow and funded with sponsorship from Meijer, Tony's Pizza, Edy's Grand Ice Cream, Stoffer's and Tyson.
"This is a perfect fit," said Go Go Motorsports Team Owner Ron Daniels. "This is a real good situation to have, especially with the mechanical talents of Howie Lettow and the driving talents of David Stremme. David and Howie work together really well. We h ave ordered some new cars, so I think the equipment will be there. I look for this team to do some big things in 2002."
It will not be the first time the tandem of Stremme and Lettow have worked together. Stremme made two starts in 2001, driving for the now defunct Herzog Motor Sports operation, which was headed by Lettow. Stremme and Lettow worked together to bring the tea m its two best finishes of the year, a fifth at Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Iowa and a sixth at Montgomery (Ala.) Motor Speedway. They also worked together when Stremme substituted for Scott Hansen at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway.
Stremme, 24, has accumulated 14 starts over the last two ASA seasons, with one top-five finish and seven additional top 10s. In 2000, he captured his first career ASA pole, coming at Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park. He backed that up by winning his second pole for the Winchester 400 in 2001.
"It's great to get the opportunity to work with Howie and Ron," said Stremme. "Ron has put together a good team that ran well with Mike (Eddy) last year. With the great sponsor package, it is a big change for me. I haven't had a solid deal for a whole sea son for a couple of years now. The Rookie of the Year is definitely a goal. And to get to work with Howie is going to be exciting. You get to learn a lot with him. You go to the track and have fun, yet still work hard. I look forward to working with him all the time. In the end, we get along and have a lot of fun."
Lettow is known as one of the premier crew chiefs in short track stock car racing, having worked with some of ASA's past and current standouts. He has become known for fine-tuning young drivers into well-known drivers, as he has guided seven drivers to th e ASA Rookie of the Year award, and has captured and ASA Series Championship, coming in 1996 with Tony Raines. He has been awarded with the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award for mechanics on six occasions.
The Go Go Motorsports team will once again have backing from Meijer Stores, a chain of combination grocery and general merchandise stores throughout the Midwest that has become one of the series' more recognizable sponsors over the past several seasons. Da niels indicated that Meijer has some significant plans surrounding promotional events throughout the 2002 season. Tony's Pizza, Edy's Grand Ice Cream, Stoffer's and Tyson will also continue their sponsorship of the Go Go Motorsports Team.
"It is great to have Meijer, Tony's Pizza, Edy's Grand Ice Cream, Stoffer's and Tyson back with this team in 2002," said Daniels, whose team included drivers Mike Eddy and Tristan Dupuis in 2001. "There were some questions early, but everything is working out well. I think this team will be a contender this coming year."
The 2002 ASA Racing Series kicks off its season on the weekend of March 23 and 24 at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Fla., marking the third time the Florida .75-mile track opens the ASA schedule.