Ryan Moore Signs Driver Development Contract With Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (Scarborough, Maine - Sept. 12, 2004) - Twenty-one year old Ryan Moore, of Scarborough, Maine, has signed a driver development contract with NASCAR powerhouse Dale Earnhardt,...
Ryan Moore Signs Driver Development Contract With Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
(Scarborough, Maine - Sept. 12, 2004) - Twenty-one year old Ryan Moore, of Scarborough, Maine, has signed a driver development contract with NASCAR powerhouse Dale Earnhardt, Inc. which will take him from the NASCAR Grand National Division, Busch North Series to the NASCAR Busch Series in 2005.
"I'm excited, and my whole family is excited," said Moore, son of 1995 Busch North Series champion Kelly Moore. "To have this finalized is a huge deal for our family."
Negotiations began in the spring, but were only finalized just recently.
"It took a while," he explained, "there was a lot of swapping around and stuff to make sure everything was covered to everyone's liking. We got Teresa [Earnhardt, widow of Dale] tracked down, which is tough to do since she has a lot of stuff going on. But we got her tracked down and got the deal signed, and we're pretty excited about it."
The driver development program that Moore signed on to will have him testing NASCAR Busch Series cars for DEI over the winter, and entered into seven Busch Series races - the most he can run without jeopardizing his Rookie Of The Year eligibility for future seasons - during the 2005 season.
"And if everything goes well, goes as planned, we'll step up to a full-time Busch ride in 2006," Moore said.
Following in the footsteps of other young drivers entering the Busch Series is something that Moore and his family have worked for since he was thirteen years old.
"It has been a lot of work and a lot of sacrifices to get to this point, but that's what you have to do to get to this step," he said. "It's certainly a relief for the whole family, and especially my dad and my grandfather, because everyone's put a lot of money and effort into my racing program. Once I get settled in with the DEI team it'll be a little easier for them.
"My dad's put a ton of work into my racing career ever since I was thirteen years old," he said of Kelly, "and this is what we were shooting for. That's eight years that we've been working towards getting a deal like this. DEI has always been, in my eyes, the best organization in auto racing and I don't think I could be in a better position than I'm in now."
Moore, who will continue to race his No. 74 R.C. Moore Transportation Chevrolet in Busch North for the balance of 2004 and on at least a partial basis in 2005, can now race with a little less pressure.
"My whole family has put a lot of hard work and money trying to get my program to the point where we could attract the attention of an organization like DEI," he said. "Now that the deal is signed, we can take some of the pressure off and go to the last three Busch North races and the Showdown out in California and go have fun and try to win some races."