Mason Motorsports To Move Operation To Charlotte For 2005 Racing Season CHARLOTTE, NC (January 25, 2004) -- Mason Motorsports and 17-year-old driver Mike Mason announced today the team will move its operation from Bakersfield, CA to the...
Mason Motorsports To Move Operation To Charlotte For 2005 Racing Season
CHARLOTTE, NC (January 25, 2004) -- Mason Motorsports and 17-year-old driver Mike Mason announced today the team will move its operation from Bakersfield, CA to the Charlotte, NC area later this season.
In a related development, Mason Motorsports also announced it has retained Close Finishes, a Charlotte, NC motorsports media and marketing company, for the 2005 season.
"This is an excellent opportunity to move our team and my racing career forward," stated Mason. "Charlotte is the place to be if you are going to advance in the business of stock car racing. Leaving California will be tough, but it's the kind of commitment you have to make if you're serious about racing."
Mason has been committed to motorsports since his father, Marc, served as a crewperson on current NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Kevin Harvick's California short-track efforts in the 1990s. After winning numerous races and honors in the go kart ranks, Mason slid behind the wheel of a late model at age 15 and scored four wins, 10 Top-5 and 17 Top-10 finishes in just 22 starts in 2003.
In 2004, the Bakersfield High School student stormed his way to his first-ever Davey Hamilton SRL Touring Series win just four months after celebrating his 17th birthday.
"I was fortunate to have the experience of my father and Kevin's father, Mike, behind me," said Mason. "Mike built my first late model car and we've had pretty good success with it, just like Kevin did when he was a young racer at Bakersfield. I'd like nothing better than to follow in Kevin's footsteps and someday race in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Right now, however, that's a long ways off."
The first of those footsteps for Mason will be to graduate from Bakersfield High this spring. The team has already sold its short track equipment and is searching for shop space in the Charlotte area. Mason Motorsports has its sights set on competing in at least two USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series events later this year and then transition into the division on a full-time basis in 2006.
"The Hooters Pro Cup Series will be a good place to get experience driving heavier, more powerful cars," said Mason. "They also run on radial tires which is key in making the transition to NASCAR. Those factors, along with the solid television package they have with SPEED, makes the Hooters Pro Cup Series a great place to get started."
Mason, who plans on entering the University of North Carolina Charlotte in the fall majoring in the school's Motorsports Engineering Program, will also have the assistance of Close Finishes, a NASCAR-based media and marketing firm, at his disposal.
"I took part in the Close Finishes/Vision Cast Media Training class in December and I came away very impressed," said Mason, who noted the team will also continue to work with Long Beach, CA based Ken Weiss Sports. "John Close has been working with racers and advancing their careers for more than 20 years, the last 10 in Charlotte with the NASCAR Nextel Cup, Busch and Truck Series. He's very well connected in the racing media and marketing communities, something that is sure to help us as we make the transition from a California short-track team to a Hooters Pro Cup organization."