CONCORD, N.C. (July 29, 2003) -- Mike Skinner has been named to drive the No. 01 U.S. Army Pontiac for MB2 Motorsports beginning with this weekend's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. ...
CONCORD, N.C. (July 29, 2003) -- Mike Skinner has been named to drive the No. 01 U.S. Army Pontiac for MB2 Motorsports beginning with this weekend's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Skinner will take over driving duties from Mike Wallace who has substituted for the injured Jerry Nadeau since The Winston Open (May 17) at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. Road racing specialist Boris Said, who drove the No. 01 U.S. Army Pontiac to a sixth place finish at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., will take the wheel again at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International for the Aug. 10 NASCAR Winston Cup Series road race.
"Mike (Skinner) has agreed to drive for us at least through Darlington," said Jay Frye, CEO/General Manager of MB2 Motorsports. "The team seems to have lost a little momentum since Sonoma, but hopefully Mike will help get us back on the right track. His record of success speaks for itself."
Skinner was the inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion in 1995 and the 1997 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Rookie of the Year. He finished 10th in the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series point standings and 12th in 2000. Skinner also won one of the Gatorade 125 qualifying events for the 2001 Daytona 500.
"I'm very excited that the team chose me to help them out," said Skinner. "My goal, first and foremost, is to help Jerry's recovery. We want him back in the U.S. Army Pontiac. Speaking from experience, though, getting back in the car before you are 100 percent isn't the best thing to do for anyone. Hopefully, I can help take a little pressure off of Jerry so he can recover at his own pace. I want to get his team back on its feet, and maybe even give them a win -- that would be an added bonus for all of us."