Andrew Rogers Teams Up With Knight's Racing for 2006 Termidor Will Return as Team's Primary Sponsor as Youngster Chases Pro Cup Title INDIAN TRAIL, NC (October 17, 2005) -- After an eventful rookie season that was filled with its ups and ...
Andrew Rogers Teams Up With Knight's Racing for 2006
Termidor Will Return as Team's Primary Sponsor as Youngster Chases Pro Cup Title
INDIAN TRAIL, NC (October 17, 2005) -- After an eventful rookie season that was filled with its ups and downs, 19-year-old Andrew Rogers has a lot to look forward to in 2006. Rogers, who competed for the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Rookie of the Year title with his family-owned team in 2005, announced today that he will drive for Knight's Racing in 2006.
Rogers also announced today that Termidor Termite Defense will once again be his primary sponsor in 2006. So while things might not look so different on the outside, things are definitely looking up for the youngster.
"This will definitely be a step forward," said Rogers, who previously ran Legends, Thunder Roadsters and Late Models before making his move to the Pro Cup Series in 2005. "The Knight's team is top-notch. They have won a ton of races this year in the series and they are right there racing for the championship. They are the ones we have been chasing all year and I'm glad to be getting in the car so that I don't have to do the chasing anymore."
Knight's Racing has won seven races and the Southern division championship in 2005 with Shane Huffman as its driver. The team is currently only 10 points behind Benny Gordon in the overall standings with three races remaining in the battle for the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series National Championship.
"They've got great equipment and great people," added Rogers. "It's a done deal and I'm going to be moving down there [to South Carolina, where the team is based] to start working in the shop right after Thanksgiving."
Having Termidor as part of the program is also something Rogers is excited about.
"This will be our second year together," said Rogers. "They have been nothing short of incredible to work with. All that we've done this year would not be possible without their support and I'm thankful for that. We want to spread the word about their product as much as possible. And through working for my father's pest control business, I can tell you first-hand that the Termidor product works wonders."
Knight's Racing also made its Hooters Pro Cup Series debut in 2005. The brand new team tabbed former Pro Cup Champion Shane Huffman to drive its #81 during the 2005 Pro Cup season, which resulted in an immediate impact on the series. The team won in its first-ever race (back in February at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, FL).
Serving as Rogers' crew chief in 2006 will be Barry Elvis, who led Joel Kauffman's Northern Division program this season.
"We feel that Andrew has a lot of talent," said Pete Knight, owner of Knight's Racing. "I've been watching him throughout this year at a lot of different tracks and he's shown a lot of potential. He's won in everything he's been in and he's got the talent to do the job if he gets the right opportunity. I think that with Barry Elvis and the team that we have, he will have that opportunity."
That could set the foundation for a bright future with Rogers and Knight's Racing.
"Andrew has the potential to move up and do things in this sport beyond Pro Cup. Possibly later in the year next season, we can look at maybe doing a few other things like a couple of ARCA or Truck Series races and move up together."
Rogers finished his rookie season in the Southern Division with three top-10 finishes, including a career-best, second-place run at South Georgia Motorsports Park in only his second-career Pro Cup Series start. However, Rogers' rookie season was laced with mechanical problems that prevented him from much bigger things.
"We've had our ups and downs this year," added Rogers. "We went through a dry spell with mechanical problems and different crew chiefs, but we've picked it up for this part of the year. We're going back to Myrtle Beach now. That's where we were running third when the alternator gave up in our last race there, so I'm looking forward to that and also ahead to Lakeland."
The 2006 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series season will open with its traditional Southern Division event at USA International Speedway on Saturday, February 25th. The Southern Division regular season will be 12-races long with a six-race Championship Series in 2006.