Pat and Kathy Palladino are proud to announce the rehiring of current URC Champion and the nation's 5th ranked 360 driver, Curt Michael. With the seat of the potent 99 open, Pat and Kathy were pleasantly surprised when Curt became available this...
Pat and Kathy Palladino are proud to announce the rehiring of current URC Champion and the nation's 5th ranked 360 driver, Curt Michael. With the seat of the potent 99 open, Pat and Kathy were pleasantly surprised when Curt became available this off-season. Upon meeting with sponsors and several other people involved with the race team, Pat and Kathy decided this was an exciting oppportunity to reunite. The reunion surely promises a viable chance at a third URC Championship Title for both Curt and the Palladinos.
Also, joining the team will be Steve Suchy, aka "Beazer." Steve will be named the Crew Chief. According to Pat, "due to my every day job commitments, long hours at the racecar shop and health issues, it's all becoming somewhat overwhelming. After winning numerous 410 track championships as a mechanic, two URC Championships and five Mechanic of the Year Awards, the change of pace will be welcomed. There aren't too many mechanics in the country that I would hand this responsibility to, but Steve is one of them. We feel fortunate to have him along. I've known him for a long time; he eats, sleeps and lives sprint cars. Reminds me a lot of myself when I was his age. It's gonna be great to have someone like Steve to work with side by side, sharing ideas."
The team's plans for the 2005 season will include the full URC schedule, the Knoxville 360 Nationals, the Brodix Tournament of Champions and the I-96 Michigan Championship races on August 19th and 20th. They will also open their season April 15th and 16th with USCS in the Carolinas.
All the sponsors will be returning - BK Leasing, CnB Mushroom Farms, E.J. Wagner & Sons Trucking, Jim's Lettering, Feaser Realty, Washington Township Pediatrics, Theresa D. Bowen, MBA, CPA Consulting, Seaford Harley-Davidson, Don Ott Racing Engines, Penske Racing Shocks, Hank's Performance Products, J&J Auto Racing, Weld Racing Wheels, and Top Flight Wings.