Mac Hill Motorsports to field two teams in 2007
Hanniford, Frank to Drive Mac Hill Entries
Mooresville, N.C. - After notching four top-10 finishes in the six-race 2006 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Championship Series, Mac Hill Motorsports is pleased to announce that it will run the complete 2007 Pro Cup Northern and Southern Division campaigns with drivers A.J. Frank and Dange Hanniford.
Mac Hill tested the Pro Cup waters by fielding a team for Hanniford during the Championship Series, and team owner Jack McNelly liked what he saw. He said his team was impressed with how series officials were able to balance the sports and business sides of the circuit, and he found Mac Hill's competition to be both tough on the track, and friendly off.
"It's racing the way it should be," McNelly said.
USAR's decision to scale the series back to eight regular-season dates and five championship races allowed Mac Hill to operate two teams, which McNelly said will mean his organization can get the most out of the knowledge and skill of its workers. Just like in any sport, he said, the more you compete, the better you will become.
"There's a reason that these big Nextel Cup operations have multi-car teams," he said.
Hanniford, who finished 14th overall in the 2006 season, will continue to drive the No. 65 Chevy Monte Carlo after coming within two points of being named the Miller Lite Rookie of the Year. He collected six Top 10 finishes overall this year and one Top 5, a second-place finish in the next-to-last Championship Series contest.
He said that he learned a lot driving for Mac Hill, and that he feels the experience of driving for the team in the Championship Series will make for a good transition to the 2007 season.
"I feel really good about it, especially with the way the year ended," said Hanniford, who will compete in the Southern Division.
Indeed, McNelly said he is excited to have Hanniford back on the team. He is equally pleased to add Frank to the Mac Hill operation. Frank is an excellent driver, McNelly said, having posted a dozen Top 10 finishes this year with Bullet Racing and half a dozen Top Fives.
And, the team owner added, "Just like Dange, more importantly, he's a very good young man."
The 32-year-old Frank is a third-generation racer who shares South Carolina roots with Hanniford. The 2007 campaign will be his third season in the Pro Cup. He will drive the No. 56 Chevy Monte Carlo in the Northern Division.
Frank said that his season with Bullet "definitely accelerated" his career, and he's excited to work with McNelly, with crew chief Tony Lambert-who will lead both teams-with Hanniford and with the entire Mac Hill crew.
"I've got a lot of momentum rolling into this season, and I hope to bring it to Mac Hill Motorsports," Frank said.
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