Putnam, CT, April 20, 2001 - Chuck Etchells, owner and driver of the Kendall Oil/Matco Tools Camaro Z28 Funny Car, today issued the following statement to address the many rumors which have surrounded the Chuck Etchells Racing team since the last...
Putnam, CT, April 20, 2001 - Chuck Etchells, owner and driver of the Kendall Oil/Matco Tools Camaro Z28 Funny Car, today issued the following statement to address the many rumors which have surrounded the Chuck Etchells Racing team since the last NHRA national event in Las Vegas:
"I know our team has been the subject of widespread speculation over the last two weeks. The fact is the Etchells Racing team is facing some very serious sponsorship issues. Although we have been working to resolve these differences throughout the season, in the last week we found ourselves forced to consult with a top law firm in Connecticut who specializes in these matters.
"As we move forward, we shall be following our counsel's recommendations. Due to the extremely sensitive nature of this situation, it is not appropriate for me to go into the specifics at this moment. However, I assure you a release will be issued in due time which will provide the facts of this matter in total detail. In the meanwhile, we will continue to conduct ourselves in the same professional manner that we have displayed throughout this team's history.
"One element that has been lost throughout this period is that we have many other fine sponsors such as Matco Tools, Chevrolet, Mighty Auto Parts and a myriad of contingency sponsors to which we have a responsibility. One of our top priorities at this time is to ensure that we work closely with them to ensure that we continue to serve their needs as best as possible.
"As you can imagine, this has been an extremely difficult time for everyone in the CER organization. This entire experience is new to all of us, and on behalf of the team, I would like to thank all those who have offered their support over these last few days.
"In closing, I can state unequivocally that the Kendall/Matco Camaro team is in Gainesville this weekend to race. I know there have been reports that we would simply roll to the line to collect our qualifying money. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have an appointment in the first round on Saturday with John Force. Throughout my career, I have never given John an inch on the racetrack, and I'm not about to start now. Our goal for this weekend is do whatever we can to have both Etchells Racing entries win as many rounds as possible."