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PAST NEWS DECEMBER 20-26, 1999


(12-24-1999)
  • Hendrick in Remission: Results of tests conducted this month have prompted Rick Hendrick's doctors to say he no longer needs chemotherapy and the disease(chronic myelogenous leukemia) can be declared to be in full remission. Hendrick own's the #5 Kelloggs, #24 Dupont and #25 Michael Holigan Chevy teams(ESPN/AP)(12-24-1999)


    (12-23-1999)
  • Evernham hire: Chad Knaus has been reunited with his old boss, Ray Evernham, in hopes of making Dodge a winner when it returns to NASCAR Winston Cup in 2001. Chad Knaus, 28, who worked for Ray Evernham and Hendrick Motorsports from 1993 through the 1997 season on Jeff Gordon's original "Rainbow Warriors" pit crew. He left the team after the 1997 season. He wanted a shot at being a Winston Cup crew chief and he felt that wouldn't happen as long as Evernham stayed with Gordon. Knaus has been hired as a crew/car chief for one of Evernham's Dodge teams. Supposedly the drivers are in place, but Knaus could not say who they are(in the article), one will be a veteran and one a rookie in 2001(Rockford(IL) Register Star)(12-23-1999)

  • #94 News UPDATE: hearing that Kevin Cram, Stacy Compton's former crew chief on the #86 truck is Bill Elliott's new crew chief on the #94 McDonald's Ford. Also been hearing unconfirmed reports that Elliott would a Dodge drive for Ray Evernham in 2001, but no sources have confirmed this(12-22-1999) -- UPDATE: Cram will not be Elliott's crew chief and have been told that any mention of Bill Elliott, Chrysler(Dodge) and Ray Evernham together in 2001, is unfounded at best(12-23-1999)

  • Radio: Motor Racing Network (MRN) will add a pre-race show to their lineup before the Cup races. "NASCAR USA: Country Music at the Speed of Sound," a live, two-hour Sunday morning program featuring music artists' interviews, race highlights, previews, features and updates will debut from Daytona International Speedway, the "World Center of Racing" at the 2000 Daytona 500 on Feb. 20. MRN's Jim Phillips will serve as the host of the pre-race show that will air direct from the site of the week's NASCAR Winston Cup Series race, broadcast by the network(NOL)(12-23-1999)


    (12-22-1999)
  • Ganassi/Cup UPDATE 2 No? Maybe: Chip Ganassi and Target will field a NASCAR Winston Cup team, starting in 2001, with Terry Labonte's former team manager Andy Graves calling the shots. As for joining the open-wheel exodus to stock cars (A.J. Foyt, Robby Gordon, Cal Wells), Ganassi said he preferred to wait on the official announcement from Target before giving any more details(SpeedNet/Robin Miller)(12-20-1999) -- UPDATE: Ganassi admit's to hiring Graves but said he never said Target is going NASCAR, see the full story at Racer Magazine(12-21-1999) -- UPDATE 2: Target/Chip Ganassi Racing may have taken a step in that direction with the official announcement of the hiring of NASCAR crew chief Andy Graves. A press release stated Graves is exploring opportunities for Ganassi's Indianapolis-based team, including the possibility of racing in the Indianapolis 500 and the Winston Cup Series(SpeedNet)(12-22-1999)

  • Tyler Jet Looking: hearing Tyler Jet Motorsports is looking for several mechanics and road crew members, see the address/phone on my Team Shop Address page(12-22-1999)


    (12-21-1999)
  • Rolex 24 at Daytona UPDATE 2: hearing that Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will run a CR5 Corvette in the Rolex 24 hours at Daytona.(RPM Diecast) -- UPDATE: not sure how true this is as I have heard from a Stewart spokesperson who says Tony Stewart is not running in the race -- UPDATE 2: looks like Racer Magazine has picked up on the story, see it at: Grand-Am – Gordon/Stewart/Earnhardt Jr. in a Corvette?.....It’s been rumored for some time that such a deal was in the works, and the rumor was confirmed today by Dave Hederich, General Motors’ Director of Communications for Motorsports. Hederich described the idea as a ‘wouldn’t it be nice?’, back-burner concept that had been under discussion for some time, and added that it would be more likely for 2001 than 2000(12-21-1999)

  • Sad News: A University of South Carolina plane that had carried head football coach Lou Holtz on a recruiting trip crashed Sunday night, killing the pilot. The crash killed 65-year-old pilot Dewey Foster, who was also Cale Yarborough Motorsport's pilot, and injured 77-year-old co-pilot Joseph Baier. Foster, a retired brigadier general, had been a contract pilot for the university for several months before becoming university employee on Dec. 1, McKinney said. (NandoNet/Racing Angels Newsletter) also see the story at Holtz's plane crashes, killing pilot(Daily Press)(12-21-1999)

  • Said back to SCCA but... Boris Said III returns to the SCCA with the latest creation from top Mustang-tuner Steeda Autosports. Said, who plans a 12-race campaign in the Winston Cup series with Irvan-Simo Racing, expects to compete in all 10 Speedvision GT events. If there is a conflict, three-time defending BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series runner-up Brian Simo will guest star in the seat(AutoChannel)(12-21-1999)

  • New Cup/ARCA team UPDATE: Doc Watson plans to open a team shop in Richmond, Va., this fall. Watson, who co-owns a team with a group that includes Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green, said he is looking for a site near Junie Donlavey’s 26,000 square-foot facility off Midlothian Turnpike. Watson plans to run two ARCA teams and eventually a Winston Cup team. Sprint car driver Rebecca Anderson, who has won three 360 Sprint races this season, is testing an ARCA car for Watson this week. The owner says he is not buying into or competing with Donlavey’s current operation. If he can have his Winston Cup effort ready in time, he plans to run the races that run concurrently with ARCA events next season. The two series are paired at the Daytona, Talladega, Charlotte, Pocono and Michigan tracks(Times-Dispatch)(9-25-1999) -- UPDATE: Rebecca Anderson of Houston, DE will not be driving the Doc Watson/Dennis Green entry in ARCA nor in any Cup races. Anderson has signed a deal to run 410cid sprints for Tom and Rich Rothe. The deal includes weekly races at Williams Grove(PA) and TV races in the World of Outlaw series(anon source)(12-21-1999)


    (12-20-1999)
  • France has Cancer: International Speedway Corporation announced that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, William C. France, has been diagnosed with cancer and is currently pursuing additional diagnoses and treatment. The treatment is not expected to prevent him from continuing in his roles as Chairman and CEO of ISC and President of NASCAR. Doctors have told France the illness is treatable(Yahoo Biz/Reuters/Business Wire)(12-20-1999)

  • #98 Deal Dead? UPDATE: from Sue's Racing Angels/ADNASCAR Newsletter: "Sources tell me the deal between Tampa, FL, businessman Tony Misuraca and Cale Yarborough (for Miscuraca to buy a majority portion of the #98 team) is over, or never was, a deal gone bad. Yarborough is expected to meet with Brant from Brant Motorsports - A B-Fast Company some time this week(Racing Angels/ADNASCAR News) Jayski Notes: I am checking with sources on this, but have not seen it elsewhere. Brandt ownes an IRL team, part owner in the #21 BGN car and is trying to build the indoor Pittsburgh race track. I hear the metting between Brant and Yarborough is taking place today, Mast could stay as driver or another name I am hearing is Ted Musgrave as the driver(12-18-1999) -- UPDATE: from NOL: Tony Misuraca, a 31-year-old businessman from Tampa, Fla., was the latest to back out on purchasing the team, when "he failed to come up with the money," according to a team spokesperson on Monday. The sale was originally supposed to be consummated on Dec. 10(NOL)(12-20-1999)

  • NASCAR Rumor UPDATE: hearing that Dennis Huth, VP of Administration (and works with the CTS) will leave NASCAR, hearing an announcement will be made on Monday(Dec 20th)(12-18-1999) -- UPDATE: Dennis Huth, NASCAR's vice president for administration, will leave the company by the end of the year, NASCAR officials confirmed Monday morning. Huth's intentions were not made clear, although NASCAR communications manager Kelly Malone said Huth would continue as a consultant with the company on various issues. Huth's primary job had been to direct and oversee the Craftsman Truck Series as well as NASCAR's nine touring series(Racer Magazine)(12-20-1999)

  • #93 News: Gil Martin has signed a three-year contract extension at Bill Davis Racing (BDR) to continue as crew chief for Amoco Ultimate Team 93 and driver Dave Blaney, a contender for the 2000 Raybestos NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie-of-the-Year award. The 39-year old Martin, a former co-owner and crew chief of the now-defunct #81 FilMar Racing Winston Cup and Busch Series teams, came to BDR in August, 1997 to help build a partner program for the #22 Caterpillar-Polaris team and driver Ward Burton at Bill Davis Racing(BDR PR also seen at Racer Mag)(12-20-1999)

  • Stats: Racer Magazine website has a chart and story of stats concerning interesting tendencies about the five major auto racing series in the United States. They analyzed NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch Grand National and Craftsman Truck Series, along with the Indy Racing League and Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). Calculated were cautions, teams finsihing the race, leaders per race, etc. Check it out at: 1999 Stats Show Series Differences(12-20-1999)

  • Tyler Jet sponsor UPDATE: hearing the #10(was #45) Tyler Jet Motorsports team will be sponsored by a delivery service of some sort: UPS or the USPS(United States Postal Service)(12-19-1999) -- UPDATE: am hearing it may be UPS but not the USPS(12-20-1999)

  • NASCAR and Books? UPDATE 3 no film: hearing from a few sources that NASCAR is looking into buying Street & Smith's -- who publish many sports titles including the NASCAR Winston Cup Scene and Winston Cup Illustrated magazine?(12-3-1999) -- UPDATE: I hear what this is about is that Street and Smith's Productions may be the division of Street and Smith that NASCAR may purchase as the have much NASCAR racing films/video that NASCAR would like to use for it's NASCAR TV channel -- UPDATE 2: NASCAR is negotiating to buy Street and Smith's television division. It includes Inside Winston Cup Racing and a very extensive video library going back to the mid '80's when Bob Pearse founded the TV production company as Sunbelt Video. It is assumed this will provide an already up and running production arm for the future NASCAR cable TV channel. It is likely that Street And Smith will retain their core business, the book and magazine division, including Winston Cup Scene, Winston Cup Illustrated, Sports Business Weekly(anon source)(12-4-1999) -- UPDATE 3 - NASCAR Film: NASCAR is expected to acquire Street & Smith's Productions within several weeks and launch an in-house film production company next year. The film venture will be modeled after professional football's highly successful NFL Films. Industry sources say the deal is all but done and will be announced sometime next month(The Business Journal of Charlotte)(12-20-1999)

  • Ford Car of the Century: not NASCAR but interesting: Ford Motor Company was awarded Car of the Century for its Model T at an internationally attended gala in Las Vegas Sunday night(AutoChannel)(12-20-1999)

  • NASCAR and Kmart and DW: A Charlotte sports marketing firm has helped create and organize a joint promotion between NASCAR and Kmart Corp. that is among the most extensive in stock-car racing history. Retail Sports Marketing Inc. has spent more than a year helping NASCAR and Kmart coordinate the 10-week promotion, which begins Jan. 16. Marketing has taken on. A 70-day promotion centered on driver Darrell Waltrip's special-edition race car, which he will drive for one race in February(The Business Journal of Charlotte)(12-20-1999)

  • #21 MVP: Mike "Andretti" Smith was named the 1999 season MVP for Wood Brothers Racing on Friday, December 17, 1999. Smith received the honor in front of his teammates and peers from other Ford teams at the 2nd Annual Taurus Team Party, which was held at the Charlotte Convention Center. Smith's position with the team is car chief, and he is also the rear tire changer for the #21 CITGO Ford on race day(CITGO PR)(12-20-1999)


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