Open-wheel loses another star as Moran, Jr. looks south (Charlotte, NC) Confirming months of speculation about his future in motorsports, Toyota Atlantic star driver Rocky Moran Jr. has signed a management contract with Motorsports Management...
Open-wheel loses another star as Moran, Jr. looks south
(Charlotte, NC) Confirming months of speculation about his future in motorsports, Toyota Atlantic star driver Rocky Moran Jr. has signed a management contract with Motorsports Management International, all but assuring that a move to NASCAR is in the cards for the two-time Toyota Atlantic race winner.
Moran, Jr., son of multiple Indy 500 starter and CART veteran Rocky Moran, Sr., has been in the news lately for his essays on the state of American open-wheel racing. His views, shared by a majority of drivers, express the difficulty for a young American to break into CART because of a growing sentiment of car owners to accept money from less talented foreign drivers, leaving many young Americans out of a ride for the 2003 racing season. For Moran, Jr., he now looks to NASCAR as his next home.
"It has been the most frustrating experience of my life dealing with the general attitude in the CART paddock that not only must I be a talented race car driver, but that I also have to bring the funding necessary to the team as well. I have spent the last ten years with only one goal, and that was to race in CART. When other attractive opportunities were presented to me, I held steadfast in my desire to race in the Champ Car Series. Unfortunately, from the top on down, an attitude seemingly against young American drivers in CART has forced me to consider a move to NASCAR in order to compete during the 2003 season," said Moran Jr.
That attitude led him to Motorsports Management International, a first-class full service management company that will assist the young driver in contract negotiation, marketing and legal needs. With offices in Charlotte, Indianapolis, and Los Angeles, MMI has a firm grasp on the constantly changing motorsports landscape, an attribute that Moran hopes to take advantage of. "When NASCAR started to become a viable option to my career, it was apparent that I was going to need help from an organization that knows what I am getting into," said Moran, Jr., "They handle many of the best names in NASCAR, and have seen the sport from so many angles, that it was really a no-brainer to sign with them," stated Moran Jr. MMI currently represents defending NASCAR Winston Cup Champion, Tony Stewart, Current Winston Cup Points leader, Matt Kenseth and young rising star, Kasey Kahne, amongst other notable names in NASCAR.
Moran, Jr., who has finished in the top-five in the Toyota Atlantic Championship, the top feeder system into CART, two of the last three years has already fielded opportunities from NASCAR Craftsman Trucks and NASCAR Busch Series teams. "I am very eager to complete my licensing requirements for NASCAR in the near future by testing with a NASCAR Craftsman Truck team and would like to compete in an event by the beginning of August". NASCAR has some of the most competitive racing in the world, and I cannot wait to get started down there."