Brooklyn II: Cal Wells on move to Pontiac

[Pontiac Racing announced Saturday at Michigan International Speedway that it has added the Cal Wells-owned PPI Motorsports team to its 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup team lineup. Below are comments from Wells on the upcoming move.] CAL WELLS, TEAM ...

[Pontiac Racing announced Saturday at Michigan International Speedway that it has added the Cal Wells-owned PPI Motorsports team to its 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup team lineup. Below are comments from Wells on the upcoming move.]

CAL WELLS, TEAM OWNER, PPI MOTORSPORTS:

"Anytime you decide to go racing - get into the motorsports business - you work towards alliances. When I started my company 20-plus years ago, my goal was to create a technological alliance, a marketing alliance - a platform to help my company grow and to really provide a proper conduit for an effective motorsport marketing, engineering and, ultimately, racing program. Very seldom does an opportunity come to an organization that is really based on racing - that is just filled with racers - that allows an opportunity to really grow and experience their full potential. That's what we feel we just now consummated with Pontiac. We're very, very, very excited about the opportunities that lay before us in 2003 and beyond with the Pontiac brand. I've had the great opportunity to work with some fine manufacturers in the past that have had very, very long relationships - decade long - and I, for PPI Motorsports, feel that with Pontiac we've found a home that will allow us that same opportunity long-term.

"Particularly now in the Winston Cup garage, you look at some of the other manufacturers that have come in just recently, some that maybe are rumored to come in - the focus always seem to be about money.

"This relationship isn't about money. This relationship here is really about engineering groups working together for the betterment of on-track success, to focus on putting the Tide 32, as well as other competitors under the Pontiac umbrella, in the winner's circle week in and week out. Come next year, we're going to be thrilled to be a part of that. We hope to take a leadership position with the way our engineering group works and how we feel we can interact with Pontiac's group to really make a difference in the way Pontiac receives and sets records that they've already done. We've got some big shoes to fill, as do the other Pontiac teams that are continuing or others that may come. But, we believe that PPI is ready and couldn't be happier to take this leadership position, particularly when it comes to working with the outstanding folks within the racing group itself.

"It's going to be a fantastic alliance. We're confident with that. We spent quite a bit of time working through the complex labyrinth of how we can benefit each other and how it can really be a true partnership - a true alliance - not just carrying a decal and showing up on Sundays to race - but a 24-7 relationship at all levels of motorsport marketing and racing can really be. With that, I'm very pleased to start under that umbrella."

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