MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 9, 2000) Road-racing expert Tom Hubert has been named to drive the No. 12 Mobil 1 Ford in this weekend's Global Crossing @ The Glen at Watkins Glen International while Jeremy Mayfield continues to recover from a ...
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 9, 2000) Road-racing expert Tom Hubert has been named to drive the No. 12 Mobil 1 Ford in this weekend's Global Crossing @ The Glen at Watkins Glen International while Jeremy Mayfield continues to recover from a concussion.
"Especially because of where we are in the points right now, there is no sense in taking a chance," team owner Michael Kranefuss said. "We'd rather let him rest for one more week and be ready to go for all of the key races coming up right after Watkins Glen. Tom will do a fantastic job for us this week at Watkins Glen but I know he is pulling for Jeremy to be back in the car as hard as the rest of us."
Hubert, 36, is a native of Cottonwood, Calif., with stock-car racing experience in all major divisions. He stunned the NASCAR world a year ago when he qualified fourth at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's 1.5-mile oval for its NASCAR Winston Cup Series event, and has series experience on the road courses at Watkins Glen and Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
Mayfield, 31, was injured during a Turn 3 accident during practice Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when his car hit oil, spinning it around and slamming it into the wall on the driver's side. He was examined at Methodist Hospital and released later in the day before returning to his North Carolina home late that night.
"Honestly, I feel fine and everybody says everything is OK," said Mayfield, a two-time winner in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series this year. "I'd much rather be driving than not driving, believe me. But everybody seems to think this will be for the best in the long run. All I want to do is get back in the race car. I guess my next chance is going to be at Michigan."
Hubert, meanwhile, is looking forward to the opportunity.
"This is a top-notch race team with a top-notch car," Hubert said, "and I'm pretty excited about what we might be able to do at Watkins Glen. These guys are used to running up front and they've had a great year. I'm going to do everything I can to keep their streak going."