USAR: Premiere Motorsports names 2007 driver, sponsor

Awesome Awnings, Leone and Premiere Motorsports form Powerful Package for '07 Myrtle Beach, S.C.-The New Year's resolution for Awesome Awnings and Premiere Motorsports is to win more races. And with today's announcement, they just may get their...

Awesome Awnings, Leone and Premiere Motorsports form Powerful Package for '07

Myrtle Beach, S.C.-The New Year's resolution for Awesome Awnings and Premiere Motorsports is to win more races. And with today's announcement, they just may get their wish.

Kirk Leone has signed on to drive the No. 8s Awesome Awnings' machine during the 2007 season. The triple alliance is a great fit; just the right combination to give the No. 8 race squad the ammunitions they will need for a winning season.

Awesome Awnings and Premiere Motorsports have been working together for one year now, and while able to recruit several good drivers, Leone was always on their radar.

"It's been a tremendous goal to get Kirk Leone to join forces with us. We had a short collaboration at the Myrtle Beach, S.C., race last June and again in Kenly, N.C., in July, but his professionalism and dedication throughout the whole year made him stand out as someone we really wanted to be a more permanent part of our team," said Jason Leonard, President of Awesome Awnings, Inc. "After working together I saw his competitiveness and vigor and I knew I wanted him to drive our car. Awesome Awnings and Premiere Motorsports are tremendously grateful to have Kirk on board. We have big plans for the season ahead and we're excited to see how it all plays out."

However it plays out, Leone is grateful for the opportunity and help.

"It's such a different level of racing than I'm used to," said Leone, who ran his own team in 2006. "This series is so competitive; it's hard to run a business, a race track and a race team. I think this is going to be beneficial for all of us."

Leone competed full time in the Hooters Pro Cup Series while trying to run his real estate company and racetrack, Southern National Raceway Park. Though he faired pretty well in his sophomore season in Pro Cup, finishing 17th in the final standings, Leone knew it would be tough to keep up the hectic pace for another season.

"Hopefully, this will allow me to be more focused on just driving the car," said Leone. "Steve [Husketh, owner of Premiere Motorsports] has some full-time guys and a lot of knowledge about the series, and Jason Leonard and Awesome Awnings love the sport and want to win. They're very competitive people, and I'm really excited about the whole deal. Hopefully, we can win some races together."

-credit: usar

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