Weirich, Neely purchase new cars

WEIRICH, NEELY PURCHASE NEW GENERATION SILVER CROWN CARS FROM STEALTH INDIANAPOLIS -- Stealth Motorsports of Brownsburg, Ind. has announced the purchase of two more new generation Silver Crown cars for the 2006 season. RW Motorsports and...

WEIRICH, NEELY PURCHASE NEW GENERATION SILVER CROWN CARS FROM STEALTH

INDIANAPOLIS -- Stealth Motorsports of Brownsburg, Ind. has announced the purchase of two more new generation Silver Crown cars for the 2006 season. RW Motorsports and Maverick Motorsports have both committed to fulltime stints in the series, with drivers Mat Neely of Robinson, Ill. and Rich Tobias Jr. of Annville, Pa. the expected pilots of the cars.

Tobias, who debuted in the Silver Crown Series in 1999, has 63 career starts, split between the pavement and dirt cars. The son of the late Dick Tobias, Rich has one career victory in the series: the "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. His best points finish came in 2003, when he finished seventh.

"I've believed in this concept from the beginning, because we're going to be in front of more people and aiming at larger purses," Tobias said. "We're enthused about running next year."

Added RW Motorsports car owner Steve Weirich: "We are looking forward to the opportunities that are going to open up as the cars will run at new tracks with NASCAR, as well as run our traditional pavement and dirt races we've had for years. I'm excited about the new direction; it's a good move for the series. We're putting our drivers out in front of new fans that I believe will be thrilled about the quality of racing they are going to see."

Neely, a three-year veteran of USAC's National Sprint Car Series, was a rookie in the Silver Crown Series in 2005, contesting the dirt portion of the schedule with the aid of Don Kruse. Kruse is currently involved in talks with his Team 6-R Racing staff about the purchase of at least one car for 2006.

Neely tested Rodney Weesner's Stealth on Dec. 5 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida, and said he enjoyed the way the car turned and handled.

"These cars are fun to drive," Neely said. "I can't wait to see 20 cars out there on the tracks at the same time. Drafting is going to definitely play a factor in the racing, and it'll probably give us the opportunity to compete in a way we haven't before. I think people are going to enjoy these cars and respect them more when they get to the track and actually see them."

Added Larry Neely, owner and team principal of Maverick Motorsports: "This is very beneficial for us and for USAC in making this step forward. We're looking at possibly coupling up with another team to progress. This new car is going be the salvation for the Silver Crown Series. We need to put more fans in the stands, and for that to happen, we need identify our drivers. This will definitely help."

Stealth President Joey Martin said he looks forward to working with the company's two newest drivers.

"I'm very excited to work with an out-of-the-box thinker like Rich Tobias," Martin said. "He likes to do things different, and he'll try something just to try to be different. He's not afraid to do that."

"I was impressed with Mat Neely's run at Homestead in the X-Plex Silver Crown car," Martin continued. "He was very smooth, and his ability to give good feedback will be vital for his progression."

Stealth has now sold four cars for the 2006 season. Weesner and Wayne Reutimann Jr. (Reutimann Racing) have both committed to next year and expect to be at next month's "Copper World Classic" at Phoenix International Raceway.

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Series USAC
Drivers Joey Martin , Rodney Weesner