Murcott names KIDD program driver

Tasmanian David Murcott Of Australia Named Kidd Program Driver For 2002/ INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (NOV. 29, 2001) - Australian David Murcott, who moved from his native Tasmania to Victoria to expand the scope of his sprint car racing career, will...

Tasmanian David Murcott Of Australia Named Kidd Program Driver For 2002/

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. (NOV. 29, 2001) - Australian David Murcott, who moved from his native Tasmania to Victoria to expand the scope of his sprint car racing career, will now get the opportunity to expand it even further as he has been selected as the 2002 Knoxville International Driver Development (KIDD) program ride recipient. In a joint announcement by KIDD program director Roger Johnson of Memphis, Tenn., and KIDD team manager Bob Trostle of Des Moines, Iowa, it was revealed that the 30-year-old Murcott will be given the chance to drive a 410- cubic-inch Gaerte-powered J&J sprint car at Knoxville Raceway for the full 2002 season. Murcott bested Canadian Warren Mahoney and New Zealander Greg Pickerill in the final round of the selection process.

According to Murcott, who was yet to race in the United States of America, "The KIDD driver program is a challenge that I have always dreamed about and I see the opportunity as a perfect way to return the faith instilled in me by my car owner, sponsors and race fans. I would be honored to be selected as the KIDD driver for 2002 and I relish the opportunity to represent Australia against the world's best sprintcar drivers."

Murcott, winner of three races on the 2000-2001 Autopro Super Sprint Series sanctioned by the Sprintcar Racing Association (SRA) of Victoria, is scheduled to practice at Knoxville on Saturday, April 13, 2002. It is expected that he will spend the American summer regularly competing against defending track champion Terry McCarl, Don Droud (Jr.), and fellow Aussies Anthony "Skip" Jackson, Kerry Madsen and Jaymie Moyle at the "Sprint Car Capital of the World" and the home of the Kele World Challenge Dash.

-schof-

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Series Sprint
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