Barrie, Ontario: Al & Jill Turner of Turner Motorsports Inc. regretfully announced today that they will not be fielding an entry in the 2003 CASCAR Super Series. A press release dated December 22, 2002, announced that long time Turner supporter...
Barrie, Ontario: Al & Jill Turner of Turner Motorsports Inc. regretfully announced today that they will not be fielding an entry in the 2003 CASCAR Super Series. A press release dated December 22, 2002, announced that long time Turner supporter Blue Streak-Hygrade Motor Products were withdrawing from Canadian motorsports and as a result would not be returning as title sponsor. The search to replace them has been unsuccessful to date.
"From the time of the announcement in late December by Blue Streak, we knew that it would be no small task to replace them," stated Turner. "We set a time limit of March 1st to try and accomplish that and unfortunately we have been unable to secure adequate sponsorship to allow us to continue. We have exhausted all of our options as far as being team owners. We considered becoming a car owner and putting funded drivers in our cars as well as running a limited schedule ourselves. But at the end of the day, in light of the current economic situation in motorsports, our only sensible option was to sell our entire fleet of Intrepids and motor program to another CASCAR team. It is no secret that to field a front running, high profile team, it takes a sizeable financial commitment," Turner added.
"It has been difficult for us over the last month to make this decision as it affects not only us but also, a lot of people who have worked tirelessly for the success of this program," stated Turner. "However we feel that it is the right decision for our family."
While Turner's plans for racing at this time are unclear, anyone who knows him and his determination will certainly not count him out of competition in the days to come.
We would like to thank all the associate sponsors who also helped contribute to our success. Those include, Federal Mogul, Wendell Motors, BOC Canada, Castrol, Exide, Gates Canada, ICI, Leaf Racewear, Lincoln Electric, Wurth Fasteners, Wix Filters and Meguiars. Turner Motorsports was also honoured to represent Daimler Chrysler under the Mopar banner and notch six victories for them in the last four years.
In closing, Al & Jill want to sincerely thank the entire Turner Motorsports Race Team and the racing community for their support over the years. They have learned first hand how terrific the staff, teams and fans of CASCAR truly are and will always treasure these friendships.