WalTom Racing Announces Formation of Second Team, Hires Lettow Pendleton, Ind. (December 4, 2003) - WalTom Racing, based out of Chicago, Ill., announced the addition of a second full-time race team to its successful and expanding ASA...
WalTom Racing Announces Formation of Second Team, Hires Lettow
Pendleton, Ind. (December 4, 2003) - WalTom Racing, based out of Chicago, Ill., announced the addition of a second full-time race team to its successful and expanding ASA National Tour program for the 2004 season. The highly regarded Howie Lettow will serve as crew chief for the new team, with the driver to be named at a later date.
"We certainly have two of the best crew chiefs in ASA Racing history with Howie Lettow joining the organization for the 2004 season," said John Mulvena, general manager of WalTom Racing. "The combination of Howie along with the established relationship of Robbie Pyle and Bill McGowan will make for some great competitive racing action for WalTom Racing. Howie is a great selection for our second team, which will be a driver development program. He has an impressive history in working with young drivers and guiding them to rookie championships."
David Stremme, of South Bend, Ind., became the seventh driver that Lettow guided to the prestigious $50,000 to-win ASA Rookie of the Year honors in 2002. Stremme was the Busch Series Rookie of the Year this season. Pat Schauer was the first of Lettow's ASA top rookies in 1981, followed by Ken Lund in 1984, Ted Musgrave in 1987, Scott Hansen in 1989 and Jimmie Johnson in 1998. Lettow was the crew chief for Tony Raines during his 1996 ASA Championship season.
The second WalTom Racing team will be based out of Milwaukee, Wis., in the same location that Lettow managed Go-Go Motorsports for the past two seasons with Stremme and South Carolina standout Toby Porter. Go-Go Motorsports relocated to Porter's shop in the early portion of November, with Lettow parting from that operation.
"Ron (Daniels) decided to move the team to Toby's shop in South Carolina and I wasn't in a position where I could do that," said Howie Lettow. "I began looking around, checking my options for next year. I met with Tom Gleitsman and discussed the potential of working with a rookie driver in a second team. It's a great opportunity for me and WalTom Racing is a first class operation. It will be a great fit for me."
The 2004 season marks the first occasion in nearly 20 years that Lettow will wrench on a Howe Racing Enterprises Chassis. In the 1980's he utilized a Howe with rookie driver Ken Lund.
"It will be a little different working with the Howe Chassis, but Bill McGowan and Robbie Pyle will be a tremendous help. The knowledge of Bill and Robbie will help the learning curve. I would be more worried if it was a single car operation. With WalTom's relationship with Howe, I'm confident we have the potential for a good first season."
Lettow will continue his relationship with car chief Ron Tretow, who was a major part of the Go-Go Motorsports success over the past 40 ASA events with drivers David Stremme and Toby Porter.
WalTom Racing is currently testing drivers for the Lettow led team. Interesting drivers can contact John Mulvena by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The team is also accepting applications for full-time positions to work with Robbie Pyle and Howie Lettow.
Robbie Pyle began driving for WalTom Racing at the third event of the 2001 season at Big Daddy's South Boston Speedway. Pyle collected the team's initial victory at Madison International Speedway in July of that season. In three seasons, he has made 54 starts, compiling three victories, nine poles, 17 top-five finishes and 34 top 10s. He placed a career best third in the 2003 ASA National Point Standings.
"Having Howie (Lettow) as part of the race team is a plus for everyone involved in WalTom Racing. With the second team it will bring more great people into the mix and is a great opportunity for a rookie driver with the knowledge that Bill (McGowan) and Howie have acquired in their motorsports careers. "
Bill McGowan returns for a second consecutive season with WalTom Racing as Robbie Pyle's crew chief. McGowan previously guided Gary St. Amant to National Championships in 1998 and 2000 with Michigan-based Automotive Promotions Inc.
"Anytime you can have multiple drivers competing under the same team, it will be beneficial to everyone involved," said Bill McGowan. "Tom and Wally Gleitsman will allow for Howie and myself to do our own deal and we can learn from each other. Last year I kept an open mind with it being the first season working with the Howe car. We tried to keep realistic goals and in 2004 have aspirations of winning the championship. WalTom had a good established team and the relationship Robbie developed with Chas Howe has been a great asset for our team."
An additional announcement on the second team for WalTom Racing will be forth coming. For more information visit ASA Racing at www.asaracing.com or WalTom Racing at www.waltomracing.com.