Hopes still high for, and Tim Sauter and AP Performance Racing. DOVER, DE (September 22, 2002) -Tim Sauter made an announcement two weeks ago in Richmond, letting his fans and the racing community know that his team, AP Performance Racing, would...
Hopes still high for, and Tim Sauter and AP Performance Racing.
DOVER, DE (September 22, 2002) -Tim Sauter made an announcement two weeks ago in Richmond, letting his fans and the racing community know that his team, AP Performance Racing, would not return to race in 2002 without the help of a full-time sponsorship.
"We are not trying to cry wolf hear," explained Sauter. "But we have to let people know what the situation is. I let the team know last week just in case nothing comes through, that we will not run next season without sponsorship."
The original plan for AP Performance Racing was to compete two full years on the NASCAR Busch Series circuit without a sponsor. Thus far team owner Alec Pinsonneault has footed the bill to bring his two time American Speed Association Championship winning team to the NBS level. Though the team is not struggling financially, quality performances coupled with lack of interest have forced the Pinsonnealt's to rethink their original plan.
"Considering where we are running, the lack of interest has been scary," said AP Development's Vice President of Motorsports operations Alan Pinsonneault. "We are wondering if another year will really help our cause. But since we announced the team might fold, potential sponsors have been calling us. We don't have anything definite on the table yet, but it is looking better than a few weeks ago. It may have been the wrong decision to say we could run two years without sponsorship, but we wanted potential sponsors to understand that we are not looking to make a profit here. We just want to subsidize our cost and continue to own a competitive race team."
On the racetrack, Sauter remains undaunted that he may have to look for a new ride next season. As a result, AP Performance Racing has strengthened their cause over the past two weeks, with an eighth place finish in the All American Heroes 200 at Dover International Raceway, and backed that up with a strong seventh place run in the Mr. Goodcents 300 at Kansas Speedway last weekend.
On top of his Busch ride, Sauter has pulled double duty at Richmond and Dover, piloting the No. 71 Marcis Auto Racing Chevy in his first two Winston Cup events in the hopes that someone will help solidify his plans for next season.
"The phone has been ringing lately at the AP Performance Racing shop," said Sauter. "Its nothing to write home about yet but it is progress. I really think rookie team has gained on it a ton this season. We are really showing our potential, when we are improved at these tracks the second time around. We want to keep these guys together, but I had to let them know that next year is no sure bet. They have all stuck with us though and are ready to show what we can do in these last seven races."
Sauter and his No. 19 AP Performance Chevrolet Monte Carlo will take the green flag in the Little Trees 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway Saturday, September 28, at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will broadcast live on TNT Television and PRN Radio.
For More information on Tim Sauter and the AP Performance Racing team visit www.timsauter.com