Johnny VanDoorn Joins Tim Steele and HS Motorsports (June 21, 2007) - Coopersville, Michigan's Johnny VanDoorn has joined forces with fellow Coopersville native and three time ARCA Champion Tim Steele and will drive the familiar ...
Johnny VanDoorn Joins Tim Steele and HS Motorsports
(June 21, 2007) - Coopersville, Michigan's Johnny VanDoorn has joined forces with fellow Coopersville native and three time ARCA Champion Tim Steele and will drive the familiar #16 red HS DIE Chevrolet in the remainder of the Champion Racing Association (CRA) races as well as select outlaw late model races across Michigan and Ohio. The first official race for the newly merged CRA Super Series team will be this weekend at Illiana Motor Speedway. VanDoorn has already raced Steele's outlaw late model twice. Once at Toledo Speedway where mechanical gremlins ended his race early and this past weekend at Dixie Motor Speedway where VanDoorn lead every lap en route to his second outlaw late model win of the 2007 season. VanDoorn also won the late model feature at the Berlin Raceway on May 12th in a family owned car.
Both Steele and VanDoorn are excited about the merger. "I'm really excited about Johnny driving my car. HS Motorsports has had a lot of success in the past and we are all excited about getting back to where we were with Johnny behind the wheel. He has a tremendous amount of talent. He's won a couple of outlaw races so far this year and is in the middle of the points chase in the CRA Series, " remarked Steele.
VanDoorn is equally excited about this opportunity. "Teaming up with Tim Steele and HS Motorsports will help out my career, no question about that. We have been at the top of the speed charts ever since we started working out of Tim's shop and we are looking forward to more of that in the future as well. HS Motorsports has a long history of running upfront and contending for wins and championships, which is what we plan on doing. With the experience Tim and his crew chief Chip Caputo provide, that will only speed up my learning curve."
VanDoorn will be piloting a familiar looking machine this weekend, as he will make his debut in the #16 HS Die CRA Chevrolet. The car will look very familiar to many race fans as it will resemble the ride that took Steele to 3 championships and 41 wins in the ARCA Series. "Driving a car that looks like Tim's car from the '90's will be awesome. Everyone who saw that car unload at the track knew that the #16 team was there for one reason: to win. And hopefully, in time, drivers will say the same about our team", VanDoorn said.
Steele added "Having Johnny in our car will be fun to watch. When I decided to stop driving, I thought I'd miss it. But working with Johnny has been awesome. And seeing him run a car that looks like mine will be great. Hopefully, all the fans that I had along the way will remember that car and follow Johnny , cause he has a bright future."
The familiar red #16 will carry long time Steele sponsors: HS Die, Visi Cad/Cam, Tooling Software Technologies, and Hometown Sunoco of Cutlerville, Michigan. Also on board will be Magic Transportation who has backed VanDoorn since 2003. The 121 Racing Team owner and driver points earned to date in the CRA Super Series will now transfer over to the HS Motorsports Team in the switch of the team ownership since the team is keeping the same driver.