MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 17) -- Hoping that one step back takes their race team two steps forward, Midwest Transit Racing owners Hal Hicks and Mike Witters announced an ongoing reorganization of their operation. "We didn't stop," said Witters.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 17) -- Hoping that one step back takes their race team two steps forward, Midwest Transit Racing owners Hal Hicks and Mike Witters announced an ongoing reorganization of their operation.
"We didn't stop," said Witters. "We slowed down to take control of the team. We're reorganizing, reshaping and refocusing. We want to do this right."
Midwest Transit Racing hopes to file an entry for the Primestar 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on March 28.
John McQueen, who has guided the team as crew chief since August, resigned to pursue other opportunities, and Irv McDougall, who engineered the team's move from Daytona Beach, Fla., to Mooresville over the last several weeks, is stepping down as team manager.
"We addressed some personnel issues in a meeting with the team Tuesday afternoon," said Witters. "We're getting the shop organized. We're interviewing three people to fill the team manager position and considering two other people for crew chief." Witters also stressed that Danny Pardus is Midwest Transit Racing's driver, although other drivers with more experience than the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate may be asked to assess the team's equipment from time to time.
"If the car's ready, we'll go to Texas," said Witters. "And if we go to Texas, Danny will drive."
Witters said Midwest Transit Racing's plans to compete in all 34 Winston Cup races this season was too ambitious for the young program. The team will now attempt to run 12 to 14 races and test at those tracks before competing.
Until a new management team is formed, the team will be run by committee, which includes Jay Born, Arlie Wood, Chet Shirah, Jr., and Pardus.
"Basically, we're trying to get stabilized, get comfortable and get organized in our new shop," said Pardus. "I'll help manage the team until we get rolling again. Really, things look good. We're on the move and building it up."