Announcements Part Of Busy Week For Leonard & Team Sparta, Kentucky - - Right before the ARCA RE/MAX Series explodes into full force, driver Johnny Leonard along with partner Rick Woodard made several key announcements this weekend. Earlier...
Announcements Part Of Busy Week For Leonard & Team
Sparta, Kentucky - - Right before the ARCA RE/MAX Series explodes into full force, driver Johnny Leonard along with partner Rick Woodard made several key announcements this weekend.
Earlier this year the team launched Florida Motorsports Group (FMG), a slick yet appealing name from an all-based Southwestern Florida operation. However, as months have passed, the team has opted to move much of it's operation to the heart of "racing country", North Carolina, prompting a new team name. With that mentioned, Florida Motorsports Group is proud to announce that Boca Bay Racing (BBR) will serve as the official team name for the remainder of the 2005 ARCA RE/MAX Series season.
"I'm very happy with Boca Bay Racing as the official name of our race team," said the driver Johnny Leonard. "While we tried really hard to keep the race team in Florida, it just made more sense not only for our team, but our sponsors as well to relocate our operation to a more centrally located base."
Better late then never, driver Johnny Leonard also announced Saturday that he will run for the 2005 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year award. With Leonard only running seven events last year, under ARCA rules he is eligible to compete for this prestigious award this season.
"We're running the entire schedule, so we decided why not?," explained the Cape Coral, Florida native. "I know I have some tough competition with Joey Miller and Ken Weaver, however it's still anyone's game. It's early in the season and we're going to give it a shot."
In addition, Johnny Leonard also announced that Boca Bay Builders owner and racing partner Rick Woodard will serve as the listed car owner for the No. 13 Chevrolet for the remainder of the season. Woodard, a former hydroplane driver will serve all the rights and duties of a car owner effective this weekend in Kentucky.
"It's very exciting to be listed as an owner in any racing industry," said BBR part-owner Rick Woodard. "This is my first year as an owner of a stock-car team. I'm very excited about the direction that our Boca Bay Racing team is headed and I'm looking forward to being one of the most involved car owners in the ARCA RE/MAX Series."
Also, both owners proudly announced today the signing of Ted Kennedy as crew chief of the No. 13 Boca Bay Builders-Affordable Roofing Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the remainder of the season. Kennedy leaped on board with the team as a consultant at Nashville before calling the shots on a consultant basis last month at Salem. His future goals and leadership capabilities have elected Johnny and Rick to name Ted Kennedy as the "main man" at Boca Bay Racing.
"Ted is guiding this team in the right direction," said Woodard.
"He is becoming more comfortable with Johnny and vice-versa. Ted wants to win just like the rest of our team. I believe he has the strength, knowledge and leadership that can propel us to that.
"We're glad he's on our side."
Leonard essentially echoed car owner's statement. "I believe Ted is the one. He knows a lot about this business, he's been around a long time. The team has already begun to make a turnaround and I believe as time presses on our team will only get stronger and it will be only a matter of time before we start landing in victory lane."
Finally, Boca Bay Racing can leak that they will have a new associate sponsor join their team next month. The team and sponsor are very excited about their future together and look forward to making the full announcement in the coming weeks.