Pre-season news 2005-03-14

THREE MAJOR SPONSORS TO SUPPORT BRYAN CATHCART FOR THE 2005 CASCAR SUPER SERIES SEASON It's with great pleasure that Cathcart Racing announces their return to full-time racing on the CASCAR Super Series with three new supporters. Meyers...

THREE MAJOR SPONSORS TO SUPPORT BRYAN CATHCART FOR THE 2005 CASCAR SUPER SERIES SEASON

It's with great pleasure that Cathcart Racing announces their return to full-time racing on the CASCAR Super Series with three new supporters. Meyers Transport, Peterborough Homes and Parkview Homes have all joined on as major sponsors. "It all started innocently enough" began Shawn Dearman of Meyers Transport. Brian Fenton of Peterborough Homes agreed that this new association "all snowballed very quickly from a casual conversation about racing sponsorship and advertising costs". Paul Dietrich of Parkview Homes concurred; "when we analyzed the numbers, getting involved with Bryan Cathcart and the CASCAR Super Series was a sound financial decision for all of our businesses." Dearman concluded "and here we are today, we're all very excited about this new opportunity."

Bryan Cathcart was the winner of the CASCAR Super Series Rookie of the year award in 2003. During the 2004 season a variety of business opportunities just didn't allow the Peterborough driver to compete on a full-time basis, however he did take the green flag for six events and grabbed a top ten finish at the Mosport Speedway oval. "This year we're ready to go racing for the full schedule and making the trips to the east coast and out west" beamed an excited Cathcart. "I have to thank all three of these gentlemen for their support, without the backing of Meyers Transport, Peterborough Homes and Parkview Homes this would not have been possible.

Preparing the Mopar powered Chargers for Cathcart will be veteran CASCAR crewman Billy Burns. Burns has worked for a number of Race Teams in several different capacities including Crew Chief for Super Series Champion Don Thomson Jr. "We've purchased a couple of cars from Whitlock Motorsports, and they've run strong the last couple of years" stated Cathcart. "I know Bill will be working hard to get us the best prepared cars possible.

Also returning to the #71 Mopar powered automobile with be National Fast Freight and JJ Stewart Motors as Associate sponsors. "These companies have always given us strong support and we're pleased to have them back as part of our program again" affirmed Cathcart.

While spring still hasn't officially arrived the preparations for a hectic season are well underway. Race cars are being readied so that as soon as weather allows the team can be on track testing. "This series just gets more and more competitive and we'll do our best at every event to perform well and represent all of our sponsors the best we can" avowed Cathcart.

The CASCAR Super Series is the only National Touring Series of Stock Car Racing in Canada. This year's race schedule will consist of short ovals, road courses and temporary street circuits. Super Series competition during 2005 is scheduled to take place in six provinces including participation in events like the Molson Indy's in Toronto & Montreal, and on historic tracks like Delaware Speedway and Cayuga Speedway.

MID AMERICA MOTORSPORTS WELCOMES NEW SPONSORS FOR 2005 CASCAR RACING SEASON

The Ancaster, Ontario Shop for Mid America Motorsports has been a busy place during the winter months for Team President Dave Didero and company.

Plans are coming together for what will be a hectic but very stimulating racing program for 2005 in the CASCAR Super Series. "This year I want to devote myself full-time to racing" said Didero. "I've rearranged my life to allow me that opportunity, and I couldn't be more excited."

It will be a new look for the #42 Chevrolet Monte Carlo as they welcome aboard LE Walker Transport of St. Thomas, Ontario as the primary sponsor. LE Walker Transport was established in 1947 and currently boasts 200 trucks, employs more than 300 and generates revenue of approximately $40,000,000

Mid America Freight Systems will be back as an associate sponsor of the #42 Chevy and the team is also pleased to welcome Mobil 1 as an associate.

Piloting the LE Walker Transport Chevrolet for the full season will once again be Sean Stafford. Stafford has adapted nicely to the predominantly oval track venues on the CASCAR Super Series. "We sure had some struggles last year in the early season, but as things went on it all started coming together. We picked up a top ten finish at Peterborough and in the last two races at Delaware and Kawartha we gained a total of 36 positions. We're going to carry that momentum into the start of this season."

Joining the Mid America Motorsports family this year is Mark Swain. Swain got his feet wet in six Super Series events last year and is looking forward to more this season. "I had a good run at the Toronto Indy weekend. After starting 24th we battled and just missed the top ten winding up 11th." I'm really pleased to be working with a guy like Dave Didero who knows so much about running a race team.

"There are some sponsorship issues with Mark that are out of our hands right now" said Didero "so we can only commit to a couple of races. However if cooler heads prevail we'll have no problem running the full season".

Stafford and Swain may not be the only competitors coming out of the Mid America Motorsports stable this season. "We've got another car that's ready to race and we're talking with some guys from the US that might be interested in running a race or two."

CASCAR Super Series competition begins on the Victoria Day Weekend at Delaware Speedway just outside London, Ontario. This is the first event on the schedule that will see teams race literally from coast to coast. For more information on Mid America Motorsports and the CASCAR Super series log onto www.cascar.ca and be sure to watch all of the races on Rogers Sportsnet.

BROWN BACK IN NAPA/AUTOPRO COLOURS FOR '05

Anxious To Fulfill Goal of Vying For CASCAR Championship

Doug Brown is anxious to get on with his plans for the 2005 stock car racing season now that his coaching duties with Brantford's Bantam AAA hockey team are winding down.

The veteran driver spent most of the off-season running from arena to arena leading his OMHA/Alliance League team to the league's regular season title before losing out to Elgin/Middlesex in the final playoff round. And with his two boys playing at different levels on other touring teams, a lot of the off season car modifications and equipment refreshing has been left up to dad Harold in their Brantford-based race shop.

This season, the team's familiar Monte Carlos will again be decked out in the familiar bright blue and yellow of their Title Sponsor NAPA/AUTOPRO with Valvoline Canada also returning as a Major Associate Sponsorship/Marketing partner.

"We're certainly pleased that NAPA/AUTOPRO and Valvoline are again back with us in 2005," Doug stated with a sigh of relief at the confirmations that were later than usual in coming. "A lot of companies are undergoing changes and some new ones that we are pursuing still don't fully understand the positive impact the recent NASCAR/CASCAR alliance will have on our Series."

With plans to run the full 14-race national Super Series schedule, the #10 team is still searching for additional sponsorship/marketing partners to help defray the projected operating costs. A conservative cost to run the entire 14 event (15-race) schedule which includes two major support races to the Molson Indy weekends in Toronto and Montreal, two events in the Maritimes and a trip west for races at Calgary and Vernon is in the $200,000 to $250,000 -well above the #10 team's modest budget.

"It will be a challenge making all events, especially the swing West, but we're going to give it serious shot provided we can attract some additional partners", Doug continued when discussing his chances of competing for the Series Championship.

By missing the trip west last year (3 points races) he wound up sixteenth in the overall standings.

"When we look at what we accomplished last season -three top-seven finishes in 10 events throughout Southern Ontario- we feel confident we are a top-ten or better team", Brown added. "We just have to do better in our qualifying runs and improve our road course skills to be a serious threat in the Championship pursuit ".

The 2005 CASCAR season begins May 21-22 at London's Delaware Speedway.

OFF SEASON WORK CONTINUES FOR BEAUCHAMP MOTORSPORTS AND TEAM MOPAR

The new oval track car for the 2005 campaign is now in the hands of Beauchamp Motorsports at the Windsor area shop and preparations are already underway for the 2005 CASCAR Super Series racing season.

It will be a new look to the #60 Team Mopar entry this year when they hit the track as the body style switches to the Charger. The team is anxiously awaiting delivery of the first body panels to begin on track work for the year ahead.

"Hopefully we're only about six weeks away from testing" said Ron Beauchamp Sr. "We'd like to get out on the track somewhere down south and then get going up here to get ready for the first event at Delaware Speedway".

Ron Beauchamp Jr. the pilot of the Mopar Powered car has already spent some time in the southern United States. "I was down at New Smyrna Speedway during Speedweeks and worked with the Hendrick Motorsports Development team and Chase Austin. It's amazing how much you can pick up working with guys like Butch Miller on the set up of the car. It was also able to talk with Jeff Gordon's dad and Jimmie Johnson's dad. They told me some things that are will definitely help us out this year with our new Charger."

As always Beauchamp Motorsports will have the strongest motors in the field prepared in their own shop under the watchful eye of Ron Sr. The Beauchamp's will also be building the motors for other CASCAR competitors this year.

The CASCAR Super Series is the only National Stock Car Racing series running events from Coast to Coast with events scheduled this year in six provinces including oval tracks, road courses and temporary street circuits. You can keep up with the latest news on the CASCAR Super Series by logging onto the website at www.cascara.ca and by watching all of the races on Rogers Sportsnet.

MICKS MOTORSPORTS AND POWERWATER TOGETHER AGAIN

Renewed sponsorship will make Micks strong competitor for 2005 CASCAR Super Series

Mt. Albert, Ontario - POWERWATER Corporation has announced the renewal of its major sponsorship agreement with Kerry Micks and Micks Motorsports for the 2005 and 2006 CASCAR Super Series.

"We're very happy to welcome back and renew our support of the Micks Motorsports Team to our PowerWater family," said PowerWater's Terry Coughlin. "We're delighted to team up with Kerry and be able to help him attain his goal of winning races and his run for the CASCAR Super Series Championship."

Established in 1999, PowerWater Corporation is a Canadian owned and operated bottled drinking water company. Our premier product, PowerWater, is pure, clean, Oxygenated Distilled Water. Utilizing a Trade Secret Industrial Design, our advanced technology provides consumers with a beverage that quenches thirst while energizing the body.

"We are extremely pleased to continue our relationship with PowerWater as the primary sponsor of Micks Motorsports," said team driver Kerry Micks. "We look forward to a long-lasting partnership with PowerWater which will be a beneficial business relationship for the both of us. Our goal will be to continue providing PowerWater with the tremendous return on investment through its participation with us and the CASCAR Super Series at its events across Canada", added Micks.

For the 2005 season, PowerWater will continue to explore new and innovative ways to make attending an CASCAR Super Series event an exciting and memorable experience for the loyal fans, competitors and supporters who are essential to the sport of stock car racing.

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Jimmie Johnson , Ron Beauchamp Jr. , Kerry Micks , Don Thomson Jr. , Mark Swain , Bryan Cathcart , Doug Brown , Sean Stafford , Butch Miller , Chase Austin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports