TEAM MER Announce Driver Line-Up For 2008 Mazda MX-5 Championship A mix of veteran and rookie drivers fill Team MER's championship winning roster FORT WORTH, TX (April 29, 2008) --- Team MER (Motorsport Enterprises Racing) released today the ...
TEAM MER Announce Driver Line-Up For 2008 Mazda MX-5 Championship
A mix of veteran and rookie drivers fill Team MER's championship winning roster
FORT WORTH, TX (April 29, 2008) --- Team MER (Motorsport Enterprises Racing) released today the complete driver line-up for the 2008 SCCA Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Series. Team MER has swept the top two drivers positions in each of the first two seasons of Mazda MX-5 Cup competition and has a solid driver line-up hoping to continue that trend for this year.
"We've very excited about the driver lineup we have assembled for '08," said team owner, Shannon McMasters. "It's really important to us to retain the crown we've held since the series started and we feel our drivers will give us the very best chance of doing just that. We've been working really hard at logistics and organizational excellence to ensure that each of our drivers have an equal chance at winning."
Leading the team will be Eric Foss, a long-time driving instructor and lead instructor for MER's driving school program located at the Motorsport Ranch in Cresson, TX. Foss competed in one MX-5 Cup event at Road Atlanta and secured the pole and a podium position in the race as well as several national spec miata wins to his credit.
Anders Hainer will also return after taking a year off of competition. The 2006 Grand-Am GS champion has several wins and podiums to his credit and was a front-runner in the Mazda MX5 Cup series in 2006.
A large group of returnees will rely on Team MER to assist them in 2008, including past Rolex 24-Hour winner, Forest Barber, Brad Adams, Mark & Mike Jenkins, who both raced with the leaders in last year's finale and Deborah Loth, who is also returning after a year off after finishing in 4th place in the championship in 2006.
Though Team MER is full of veterans, the team returns with a crop of very promising rookie drivers, Rob Huffmaster and Ran Schmisk. Huffmaster comes off a season where he claimed the SCCA T3 Championship and an ITS ARRC win. Schmisk comes from a karting background and Spec Racer Fords and testing has proven him as a very quick driver. Both will be competing for the podium in their first outings.
Susan Krohn will also be joining the team for some of the 2008 events. Team MER is currently negotiating with other drivers that may fill seats in their rental program cars.
2007 Mazda MX-5 Cup Champ, Jason Saini, will return with Team MER in a support role as his driving focus remains in the Speed Touring series as a driver of a Mazda6 out of the Tri-Point stable.
"I'm looking forward to taking on a team role, helping coach and instruct our great driver lineup," said Saini. "It will be cool for me to finally get to watch one of these races, although I'm sure after a few laps of watching I'll want to dive right in. Mazda has created an amazing series, from the equal cars to the unbelievable ladder system. I'm just happy to still be able to take part and help with Team MERs title defense."