Andrew Rogers & Termidor Released from Knight's Racing Youngster Looking At All Options To Continue 2006 Season Success CONCORD, NC (June 7, 2006) -- USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series driver Andrew Rogers and his sponsor, Termidor Termite Defense,...
Andrew Rogers & Termidor Released from Knight's Racing
Youngster Looking At All Options To Continue 2006 Season Success
CONCORD, NC (June 7, 2006) -- USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series driver Andrew Rogers and his sponsor, Termidor Termite Defense, have been released from the #81 Knight's Racing team, effective immediately.
The 20-year-old was in the midst of his second-season in the Pro Cup Series and is currently tenth in the Southern Division standings. His four top-10 finishes in six Southern Division races in 2006 had already doubled the total number of top-10s Rogers accumulated during his rookie season in 2005.
"We are dumbfounded by this revelation," said Rogers. "We received a letter saying I was released and being that we are top-10 in points with four top-10 runs in six races, I'm a little bit shocked. Knight's Racing did not only release the driver, but also the sponsor. In today's world, that's unheard of."
Rogers started the year off by finishing sixth in the season-opening event of the year. He followed that up with another top-10 run at South Georgia Motorsports Park (8th) and continued his strong runs in the next event with a 10th-place run at Montgomery Motor Speedway. "A-Rog" also picked up a top-10 finish at Concord Motorsport Park and added an 11th-place finish at Jennerstown Speedway in his only start in the Northern Division.
"The chemistry was just not there from the get go," added Rogers. "The entire team was under-staffed. When we signed this deal with the team, I was going to be the sole driver for Knight's Racing and compete for the Southern Division championship. Then the team signed another driver and announced it was going to compete in the Northern Division as well. Right there, we went from an organization that was already spread thin to an organization that was spread even thinner.
"And, with the difficulties of fixing cars from the North, we as a team have not had the time to concentrate on either program the way a championship caliber team prepares to go racing."
After six events, Rogers sits 10th in the championship points standings.
"Obviously, this news leaves us initially between a rock and a hard place. We are currently looking at several different options to continue our 2006 Hooters Pro Cup campaign with Termidor. Our main emphasis will be to make sure we are able to market Termidor to the best of our abilities. We are, and will be entertaining any offers in the next few weeks, but are also considering putting together our own program once again. We do not want to play second fiddle in an organization to anyone. We believe that doesn't do justice to any of the parties involved, yet a cohesive two-car team can work and be advantageous under the right circumstances."