IMSG INVESTS IN BRETT BODINEâ€™S WINSTONCUP TEAM 7 August, 1997 IMSG INVESTS IN BRETT BODINEâ€™S WINSTON CUP TEAM TAMPA, Fla. (August 7, 1997) -- International Motor Sports Group (IMSG) chairman, Andrew Evans today announced that IMSG has...
IMSG INVESTS IN BRETT BODINE’S WINSTONCUP TEAM
7 August, 1997
IMSG INVESTS IN BRETT BODINE’S WINSTON CUP TEAM
TAMPA, Fla. (August 7, 1997) -- International Motor Sports Group (IMSG) chairman, Andrew Evans today announced that IMSG has invested in fifty percent of BDR Racing, which fields the #11 Close Call Phone Card-sponsored Ford NASCAR Winston Cup team formed in 1996 by Brett Bodine.
"This is a win-win opportunity for both parties: BDR Racing gains access to resources that will enable the team to reach the next level, while the addition of a NASCAR Winston Cup team rounds out IMSG’s motorsports roster," said Evans. "We’re excited about the opportunities that IMSG brings to the table and look forward to converting those opportunities into good race results," said Bodine.
Bodine, who purchased the #11 team from Winston Cup legend Junior Johnson, remains the driver and CEO of the renamed Scandia/Bodine Racing. IMSG, in addition to the capital investment, will assist the team’s public relations, marketing and merchandising efforts. Bodine’s racing background includes Modifieds and the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division, as well as Winston Cup.
In the Busch Series, Bodine was honored by the fans with the Most Popular Driver award in 1986, the same year that he was runner up in the Series. He also made his NASCAR Winston Cup debut in 1986, driving a Rick Hendrick-owned car in the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Bodine won his first Winston Cup race at North Wilkesboro in 1990. Bodine celebrated his 300th Winston Cup start at last weekend’s Brickyard 400, where he finished 18th. His 301st start, and first under the Scandia/Bodine Racing banner, comes this weekend at Watkins Glen, New York, 30-miles from his home in Chemung, New York.
IMSG is a private company owned and operated by a group of investors led by Seattle-based investment banker Andrew Evans. IMSG has interests in auto racing sanctioning bodies, event facilities and their respective marketing and licensing operations. The racing subsidiaries of IMSG include Professional SportsCar Racing, historic Sebring International Raceway, Canada’s Mosport Park, and Team Scandia, which fields a three-car team in the Indy Racing League for Jimmy Kite, Eliseo Salazar and Vincenzo Sospiri and a National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel team for 18-year-old driver Cristen Powell, as well as the #11 Scandia/Bodine Racing NASCAR Winston Cup team for Brett Bodine.