Scott Wimmer moves to NASCAR's Elite Series, will pilot the ...
Scott Wimmer moves to NASCAR's Elite Series, will pilot the #22 Caterpillar ride for the final four races and full time in 2004.
HIGH POINT, NC (Oct. 8, 2003) -- Scott Wimmer, the current Busch Series driver for Bill Davis Racing, will make the move to NASCAR's premier series effective October 20, 2003 and compete in the final four races of the 2003 season before becoming the full time driver of the #22 Caterpillar sponsored entry in 2004 and beyond. It is a natural progression for Wimmer into the Winston Cup Series.
Wimmer, a native of Wausau, Wis., began racing three-wheelers at age eight and progressed to racing stock cars by the time he was 15. He raced around the state of Wisconsin racking up accolades at all the local short tracks, ranging from rookie of the year at State Park Speedway to Driver of Tomorrow at State Park Speedway to the Miller Triple Crown Champion. Wimmer then moved to Hooter's Cup in 1997, where he won rookie of the year before moving onto American Speed Association (ASA) in 2000.
Bill Davis, owner of Bill Davis Racing, kept an eye on Wimmer after he broke into the ASA series and won the first two races that he entered in at Lanier Speedway and Hickory Motor Speedway. Davis was impressed with Wimmer's raw driving talent. Davis signed him to run the full Busch Series schedule in 2001.
To date, Wimmer has logged five Busch Series victories and finished third in the final point standings in 2002. He is on schedule to finish the current season among the top 10 drivers before competing next season for rookie of the year honors in the Nextel Cup Series.
"I believe Scott has earned the opportunity to get into the CAT car," said Davis. "He's been working toward this for a long time and now is the time that he can be proud of where his career is heading. He's spent his entire life racing. He grew up in a racing family -- he understands the entire sport."
Wimmer is a logical fit for Caterpillar, as well as Bill Davis Racing. His family owns a construction company and they own and operate CAT equipment.
"Scott comes from a construction background," said Davis. "His father owns CAT equipment, Scott has operated a lot of CAT equipment and I believe he will be a very natural fit for the CAT family."
Wimmer has been a proven winner in every series he has ever competed in.
"Everyone, including the team, sponsors, fans and media, needs, however, to manage their expectations and be realistic," said Davis. "We know Scott will be fine, but we also need to remember just how difficult this sport has become. Winston Cup is the most competitive series in racing."