Tylet Jet Motorsports Signs James Ince and Claude Queen

HARRISBURG, NC (July 5, 1999) - Tyler Jet Motorsports announced today the signing of team crew chief James Ince and engine builder Claude Queen to a pair of three-year contracts. According to Tim Beverley, owner of the NASCAR Winston Cup...

HARRISBURG, NC (July 5, 1999) - Tyler Jet Motorsports announced today the signing of team crew chief James Ince and engine builder Claude Queen to a pair of three-year contracts. According to Tim Beverley, owner of the NASCAR Winston Cup organization, the agreements are a big step forward for the new team. "If you look at all the successful teams in Winston Cup, the key ingredient is their consistency of leadership," said Beverley, who debuted the team in August 1998 at Indianapolis after purchasing the assets of the Darrell Waltrip Winston Cup organization earlier in the year. "James and Claude are the kind of people you can build a winning program around. It was easy for us to make a long-term commitment to them." Ince, 28, came to Tyler Jet earlier this season after a successful crew chief stint at Roush Racing and a national award-winning career at the NASCAR Winston Racing Series level. His short time at Tyler Jet has quickly produced on-track results as well as a winning attitude throughout the team. "James is very aggressive and dedicated to his work," said Beverley. "He's already made a big difference to our program. His experience at the race track, as well as his ability to direct our people in a positive manner, is going to serve us well for a long time. Securing his services for the next three years is going to pay big dividends for us." "This is a big vote of confidence for me and it's a big vote of confidence for the race team," stated Ince. "It's a great opportunity for us to dig in hard here to make sure we grow in the next three years to get to where we want to be. It takes away a lot of the worry that most crew chiefs have right now. It gets us out of the turmoil and allows us to concentrate on running the race car like we want to. These contracts also show the racing world that Tyler Jet Motorsports is a stable environment and that we're going to be racing here for awhile." Queen has been a fixture in the Winston Cup garage area since the early 1970s. The 46-year-old Queen previously toiled for the Richard and Leo Jackson organization and was part of the agreement between Waltrip and Beverley when the latter bought the team a year ago. "Claude may have been the most important asset that came in the deal with Darrell," said Beverley. "Claude has long been recognized as one of the top engine builders in Winston Cup racing. If anyone in this business deserves the security of a long-term contract, it's Claude. He has definitely earned it. We're thrilled he's going to realize that with us." "This certainly gives my family some security and that's something which is hard to come by in this business," stated Queen. "I never had any kind of contract before now, so I never thought too much about having one. Tim showed James and I a lot of respect by making this happen. Now it's up to us to help Tim build Tyler Jet Motorsports into one of the top teams in NASCAR Winston Cup racing." Tyler Jet Motorsports operates a 45,000 square-foot race facility in Harrisburg, NC. In addition to the #45 10-10-345 sponsored Pontiac driven by Rich Bickle in Winston Cup competition, the team is actively pursuing expansion to include a second Winston Cup and a Busch Grand National operation for the 2000 season.

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<HTML><BODY> INCE, QUEEN INK LONG-TERM DEALS WITH TYLER JET MOTORSPORTS<BR> <BR> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<BR> CONTACT: John Close<BR> Tyler Jet Motorsports<BR> (7040 455-1000<BR> <BR> HARRISBURG, NC (July 5, 1999) =96 Tyler Jet Motorsports announced toda= y the signing of team crew chief James Ince and engine builder Claude Queen= to a pair of three-year contracts. According to Tim Beverley, owner of the= NASCAR Winston Cup organization, the agreements are a big step forward for= the new team.<BR> <BR> "If you look at all the successful teams in Winston Cup, the key ingre= dient is their consistency of leadership," said Beverley, who debuted the t= eam in August 1998 at Indianapolis after purchasing the assets of the Darre= ll Waltrip Winston Cup organization earlier in the year. "James and Claude = are the kind of people you can build a winning program around. It was easy = for us to make a long-term commitment to them."<BR> <BR> Ince, 28, came to Tyler Jet earlier this season after a successful cre= w chief stint at Roush Racing and a national award-winning career at the NA= SCAR Winston Racing Series level. His short time at Tyler Jet has quickly p= roduced on-track results as well as a winning attitude throughout the team.= <BR> <BR> "James is very aggressive and dedicated to his work," said Beverley. "= He's already made a big difference to our program. His experience at the ra= ce track, as well as his ability to direct our people in a positive manner,= is going to serve us well for a long time. Securing his services for the n= ext three years is going to pay big dividends for us."<BR> <BR> "This is a big vote of confidence for me and it's a big vote of confid= ence for the race team," stated Ince. "It's a great opportunity for us to d= ig in hard here to make sure we grow in the next three years to get to wher= e we want to be. It takes away a lot of the worry that most crew chiefs hav= e right now. It gets us out of the turmoil and allows us to concentrate on = running the race car like we want to. These contracts also show the racing = world that Tyler Jet Motorsports is a stable environment and that we're goi= ng to be racing here for awhile."<BR> <BR> Queen has been a fixture in the Winston Cup garage area since the earl= y 1970s. The 46-year-old Queen previously toiled for the Richard and Leo Ja= ckson organization and was part of the agreement between Waltrip and Beverl= ey when the latter bought the team a year ago.<BR> <BR> "Claude may have been the most important asset that came in the deal w= ith Darrell," said Beverley. "Claude has long been recognized as one of the= top engine builders in Winston Cup racing. If anyone in this business dese= rves the security of a long-term contract, it's Claude. He has definitely e= arned it. We're thrilled he's going to realize that with us."<BR> <BR> "This certainly gives my family some security and that's something whi= ch is hard to come by in this business," stated Queen. "I never had any kin= d of contract before now, so I never thought too much about having one. Tim= showed James and I a lot of respect by making this happen. Now it's up to = us to help Tim build Tyler Jet Motorsports into one of the top teams in NAS= CAR Winston Cup racing."<BR> <BR> Tyler Jet Motorsports operates a 45,000 square-foot race facility in H= arrisburg, NC. In addition to the #45 10-10-345 sponsored Pontiac driven by= Rich Bickle in Winston Cup competition, the team is actively pursuing expa= nsion to include a second Winston Cup and a Busch Grand National operation = for the 2000 season.<BR> <BR> -- 30 --<BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> </BODY></HTML>

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Rich Bickle , Darrell Waltrip