Mark Green to drive Great Clips Ford for 2003 and remainder of 2002. September 11, 2002 - Minneapolis, MN - Mark Green will drive the Akins Motorsports Great Clips ...
Mark Green to drive Great Clips Ford for 2003 and remainder of 2002.
September 11, 2002 - Minneapolis, MN - Mark Green will drive the Akins Motorsports Great Clips #38 Ford for the full 2003 NASCAR Busch Series schedule and the remaining races on the 2002 schedule. Green had been substituting for Christian Elder, who was sidelined from driving this year due to injuries suffered in a wreck at Chicagoland Speedway July 12.
Elder has decided to take his driving career in another direction at this time and will drive a Great Clips sponsored BMW in the SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring Series in 2003. This series competes on road courses across the United States and Canada with all races televised on the Speed Channel. "I am excited to be running some of the world's most exciting and difficult road courses like Leguna Seca, Road Atlanta and Mosport while being able to continue my relationship with Great Clips," said Elder.
Mark Green is the middle brother to 1994 Busch Series champion David Green and 2000 Busch Series champion Jeff Green.
Mark Green didn't have a ride at the start of this year and signed on to work with Akins Motorsports as a consultant, spotter and shock specialist. " Brad Akins, Wes Ward and Doug Stringer called me at the end of the season and asked me to help Christian this year like I helped Larry Foyt last year," said Mark Green. "I came to Akins Motorsports to do a job helping Christian, building shocks and helping with the testing. I never even thought that this could turn out for me like it has. This Great Clips team has the best personnel and equipment I have been associated with since I started driving. For the last four years I have been working to get an opportunity like this."
"Mark has been a big help to Akins Motorsports this year coming in to help Christian, while putting his driving career on the back burner," said Akins Motorsports general manager Doug Stringer. "He came in the shop and worked on the cars and became part of the Great Clips team. When we needed another driver he was the logical choice as he knew the equipment and had built a relationship with our crew chief Wes Ward and the entire team at Akins Motorsports. Both Brad and I feel that he has the ability to follow his brothers' success in the Busch Series and think we, at Akins Motorsports, have the resources to help him get there."
Great Clips is strongly committed to their NASCAR Busch Series program. "As we anticipated, the NASCAR Busch Series has been a great investment for Great Clips. In 2001, we were able to double our investment in media value alone," said Terri Miller, vice president of marketing for Great Clips. "Great Clips is pleased with the effort that Akins Motorsports has made to the Great Clips racing program in 2002 while also dealing with the unexpected challenges of Christian's injuries. We really appreciate the way Mark Green has `stepped up' and continues to do a great job for the team, helping us finish the year. We are looking forward to a great 2003 season with Mark behind the wheel of the #38 Great Clips Ford."