Bakersfield, Calif. (January 21, 2003) Craig Raudman, the 2001 Featherlite Southwest Series champion, has joined forces with Les DenHerder, owner of HPS Mechanical, Inc. for a championship run in 2003. The new team will be based out of...
Bakersfield, Calif. (January 21, 2003) Craig Raudman, the 2001 Featherlite Southwest Series champion, has joined forces with Les DenHerder, owner of HPS Mechanical, Inc. for a championship run in 2003. The new team will be based out of Bakersfield, CA and will field new Chevrolet Monte Carlos with Victory Circle Chassis.
Raudman, who has won 16 Featherlite Southwest Series races in his career and who holds the Featherlite Southwest Series record for consecutive Bud Pole Awards (5), is ready to get back on the track after sitting on the sidelines for most of 2002.
"When you are used to racing full-time, it is no fun to sit and watch," Raudman said. "After our championship in 2001, I needed to take some time to rebuild a team and concentrate on business."
Raudman is also excited to be working with Tracy Norman again, who served as his crew chief for the 2001 championship winning team. The two have a long-standing relationship, and will again return as crew chief to the HPS/Victory Circle Motorsports Team. "Tracy (Norman) is awesome," Raudman said. "We have a great relationship and know what each other needs. His car preparation is excellent, and we are always fast when he is turning the wrenches."
DenHerder likes his chances teaming with Raudman this season. "I am excited about getting the 2003 season started," said DenHerder. "We are looking forward to success both on and off the track." "I feel we have put together another Championship winning team."
HPS Mechanical Inc., started in 1959, offers services for residential plumbing, repair plumbing, commercial plumbing, institutional/military plumbing and industrial piping as well as general engineering projects. HPS carries out most of its work as a mechanical contractor specializing in plumbing and piping as well as performing site utilities in support of the mechanical systems.
Raudman and the team will also serve as a research and development platform for Victory Circle Chassis with their main focus being the development of a new chassis and components that will be available mid-season 2003.
DenHerder and Raudman have announced that Jerry Marsh, fuel man for the 2001 Dave Reed Racing Champion team, will serve as the car chief of the team. The engine program will be handled through Brad Peters of Freightrain Peters Racing Engines, engine builders for the 2001 and 2002 Featherlite Southwest Series Championship teams.
Also joining the HPS/Victory Circle Motorsports team will be Raudman's newborn twins, Colton and Karlee born January 3, 2003. With all the changes over the past year, it seems like old times for Raudman, and that may have the rest of the competition chasing that ole' number 2.