New Game Face For Hardcore Motorsports Heading Into Pocono LONG POND, Pa. (June 7, 2006) - - A lot has happen for Hardcore Motorsports since they last competed in an ARCA RE/MAX Series and it's all for good reason. The team has spent an ...
New Game Face For Hardcore Motorsports Heading Into Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. (June 7, 2006) - - A lot has happen for Hardcore Motorsports since they last competed in an ARCA RE/MAX Series and it's all for good reason. The team has spent an enormous amount of effort looking to revamp their program and put the No. 08 Chevrolet into victory lane. Adding Mike Harmon to the Hardcore Motorsports stable as a consultant has increased their chances of doing so.
"We're very excited about adding Mike to our program especially for this weekend's race," said Hardcore Motorsports co-owners William and Shannon Wells. "Mike has a lot of experience in racing. Everyone knows that. He is also a close friend of our driver's Jason Hedlesky. Our team's hopes are high for this weekend and I think we'll be contenders."
Hardcore Motorsports Co-Owner Nevie Richardson echoed her partner's statements. "We know that Mike (Harmon) will put this team in the direction we need to go. We're still early in this game and now it's our turn to catch up. The next two races are important for us and we plan to make the best of it." Harmon is no stranger to the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Last season, he competed full-time in the ARCA RE/MAX Series driving for Bert Oostlander Racing. Harmon in the familiar No. 38 Chevrolet Monte Carlo amassed four-top ten finishes propelling him to a eighth place finish in the ARCA RE/MAX Series standings.
"It's my pleasure to help Hardcore Motorsports," said Harmon, a native from Alabama. "Jason is a friend of mine and I want to see him race well. He has the capabilities of driving a racecar. He can win. Hopefully my experience and knowledge can put the team on the path they are looking for. I've been working on their car for this weekend's race; they should be in good shape." Leaning into Pocono, driver Hedlesky currently sits 13th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings and the addition to Harmon's knowledge could easily move him and the team up the ladder this weekend.
"Hardcore Motorsports has the capabilities and equipment to run upfront, we' ve just had some bad luck that has halted us from getting there," said Hedlesky who also serves as a spotter in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series for Carl Edwards (No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion for Roush Racing). Hedlesky isn't a rookie at the demanding 2.5-mile track, but is looking for his first top-ten finish at Pocono and of the season. He has two prior starts at the track with a best finish of 25th in 2000. His best qualifying effort at the track was 14th in 2001.
In addition to running the full ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule, Hardcore Motorsports also backs ARCA's Safety Initiative Program. The Hardcore Motorsports Safety Initiative Program is devoted to keeping the drivers, crews and fans safe at all the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2006 and beyond. The program has already made a massive difference thus far with the season still young with further improvements to be made later this season.
The Pocono 200 (80 laps/200 miles) is the seventh of 23 events on the 2006 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. Practice begins Friday, June 9th with an hour and forty minute (10:15am-11:55am EST) session planned. Pork pole qualifying is on tap Friday afternoon (1:45pm EST) with the race set to take the green flag Saturday, June 10th at 1:00pm EST. The race will be television live on SPEED beginning at 1:00pm EST.