BAM RACING ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF SEVERAL KEY TEAM MEMBERS Dean Johnson, David Hyder and Mike Bliss return; Ken Schrader to drive in Indy CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 19, 2007) -- BAM Racing announced today the return of Dean Johnson and David...
BAM RACING ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF SEVERAL KEY TEAM MEMBERS
Dean Johnson, David Hyder and Mike Bliss return; Ken Schrader to drive in Indy
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 19, 2007) -- BAM Racing announced today the return of Dean Johnson and David Hyder. Johnson assumes the role of crew chief and Hyder will serve as suspension specialist. Driver Mike Bliss will return to the BAM Racing organization on a full-time basis beginning at Pocono Raceway. Ken Schrader, currently a driver for Wood Brothers Racing, will drive the No. 49 Dodge in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in Indianapolis.
"We are so excited to have Dean, David and Mike back together again," said team owner Beth Ann Morgenthau. "No one can deny that there is a unique chemistry between this combination that equates to consistently strong on-track results. Although we have faced difficulties this season, everyone involved is committed to turning our program around across the board."
In the final seven events of 2006, Bliss qualified on time for six races alongside Johnson and Hyder with an average starting position of 27.0 and an average finish of 32.8. He garnered attention in Atlanta by nearly capturing top-10 finish for the team.
"The first part of the 2007 season was a challenge," commented Bliss. "When I decided to part ways with the team, it was a very difficult decision for me. I have complete trust in Dean as crew chief and Hyder is one of the best in the sport when it comes to setting up racecars. I am eager to return to BAM Racing and to build upon the success we achieved last season."
Last season, Johnson served as crew chief for two races and the team successfully qualified on time in Bristol and California. He assumed the role of chassis specialist for the remainder of the season.
"BAM Racing is like home to David and I," said Johnson. "We are basically tasked with building a team from the ground up with the complete support of Beth Ann and Tony Morgenthau. We are going to do this the right way and a key component is the return of Mike Bliss."
Before Bliss returns to driving duties for the team, there will be a nostalgic reunion between BAM Racing and Ken Schrader in the upcoming race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"We are very grateful to Wood Brothers Racing for allowing Schrader to drive the No. 49 Dodge in Indy. We had great success and great fun with Schrader in the three years that he drove for BAM Racing. We are thrilled to have him join us for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard," said Ms. Morgenthau.