Huffman and Ward Move to JR Motorsports Hickory, NC tandem mix tons of talent and experience Mooresville, NC - With JR Motorsports moving Mark McFarland and their entire USAR Hooters Pro Cup team up to the NASCAR Busch Series in 2006, they...
Huffman and Ward Move to JR Motorsports
Hickory, NC tandem mix tons of talent and experience
Mooresville, NC - With JR Motorsports moving Mark McFarland and their entire USAR Hooters Pro Cup team up to the NASCAR Busch Series in 2006, they were looking for someone to come in and take the reins of the Pro Cup cars without missing a beat.
Hickory, NC has long been known as a source for racing talent and Steve Crisp, director of motorsports for JR Motorsports, cast an eye back to his hometown and assembled a team that should prove deadly for the competition.
Shane Huffman, the 2003 Hooters Pro Cup champion, comes over after a one year stint with Knight's Racing. In 2005, Huffman won nine times on the circuit on his way to the Hooters Pro Cup Southern Division crown and a second place finish in the Championship Series.
"This is the opportunity of a lifetime," said Huffman. "To be able to join an organization like JR Motorsports is a dream come true and I can't thank them enough. Mark and I had a lot of fun racing each other last year and I was able to see first hand that this is a top-notch race team. I look forward to becoming his teammate and winning races."
Wes Ward comes over from PPC Racing to take over the crew chief duties for the No. 32 entry. Most recently Ward was crew chief for the No. 22 NASCAR Busch Series ride for Kenny Wallace. Ward brings an extensive Busch Series resume and that should transfer easily to the Pro Cup cars.
"I've been around this business a long time and the opportunity to come to an organization like JR Motorsports doesn't come around often," said Ward. "Obviously the chance to work with Shane Huffman was extra incentive as well, I mean, he's won 24 races in the series. Everyone says that the Pro Cup cars and the Busch cars are very similar so I believe Shane and I will have a lot of success."
Team owner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. echoed those same sentiments.
"When the opportunity came to sign a driver like Shane Huffman I told Steve (Crisp) to do whatever it took," sounded Earnhardt. "Wes' stock car experience goes way back to Tommy Houston and he's had success wherever he's been. They both fit the model of what we are trying to do here."
JR Motorsports enjoyed a solid 2005 season in the Hooters Pro Cup Series and the additions of Huffman and Ward should ensure the success continues.