BUSCH: McGill Motorsports 2006 preview

MCGILL MOTORSPORTS CONTINUES PRE-SEASON PREP With the second pre-season test in the books, it's time for Busch Series teams, including the ...


With the second pre-season test in the books, it's time for Busch Series teams, including the #36 McGill Motorsports/Lester Buildings Chevy and Tim Sauter, to make final preparations for the start of the 2006 season. Daytona Speedweeks is just around the corner followed by three high-speed ovals, a road course and a short track in six straight weeks of racing, the team will use four different cars during the first six races.

"The guys in the shop are really working hard to get all the cars ready for the first six races," said Sauter. "Ricky Pearson is a great leader, with lots of contacts and resources. After the Daytona test, we had to do some massaging on the bodies of the speedway cars but the guys stayed on-task and got the intermediate cars ready for Vegas and they never missed a beat."

Sauter knows that the first stretch of the season is critical for the team. "We are locked into the points and guaranteed a spot in the first five races but we need solid finishes to hold that top 30 position heading to Bristol. There's so much travel required between the tests and it's very taxing on the guys going out west three times in the first month." In addition, the team also has a special road race car to prepare for the third race in Mexico City. "We were good there last year and even led a few laps near the end of the race. We're trying hard to give Tim a good car and repeat what we did last year," adds Pearson.

The Pearson-led McGill Motorsports team successfully completed the second pre-season test at Las Vegas with plenty of optimism. "I was pretty happy with the car in race trim. We're not quite sure about the qualifying set-up because our only mock-run was in the middle of the day in the heat." says Sauter. We did a 25-lap run on Tuesday afternoon and near the end we were not too far from top ten speeds. We're a little off at the start of a run, but the car did not fall off as bad and we picked-up a few tenths on the field." he added. "Pre-season testing is all about communication, learning what the driver needs to make the car feel right for him. We ran over 225 laps during this test, the more laps we get together, the better feel we get for each other. Tim communicates well, his experience really shows." says Pearson.

The number 36 Chevy Monte Carlos will sport a new aggressive silver paint scheme with black and orange accents under the Lester Buildings banner for 25 of the 35 races on the 2006 Busch Series schedule. McGill Motorsports is actively seeking sponsorship for the remaining events.

"Having Lester Buildings as our sponsor for the majority of races is a real plus." States John McGill "We really believe we have a great package to offer for those remaining 10 races. We can adapt a sponsorship/marketing package to specific regions and budget needs."

Being an independent team offers McGill Motorsports flexibility and quick negotiations because you are dealing directly with the owner, with no red tape or additional overhead. "Lester and McGill Motorsports already have a great partnership, but they do not sell buildings in all 50 states." We have several races particularly in the south and western portions of the country that we can offer very affordable alternatives to typical sponsorship packages." Packages can be designed to include show cars, hood and TV panel exposure, hospitality, garage pit passes, grandstand seating and merchandise and can range from one race to multiple race deals.

The first race available is the Stater Bros. 300 at California Speedway on February 25th. Other races that are available to potential marketing partners include Texas and Phoenix in April, Kentucky and Daytona in June. Races for the second half of the season include Watkins Glen, Michigan, California, Texas, and Phoenix. Contact John McGill at 440-914-4206 to learn more. McGill Motorsports has also launched an updated website at www.mcgillmotorsports.com.


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