NASCAR GDS: Pipeline Motorsports Teams up with Popular Radio Duo
29 January 1999WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-Pipeline Motorsports and the John Boy and Billy Rock and Roll Race Team announced today, their intention to run the full schedule of 17 events in the Goody's Dash Series, a part of the NASCAR Touring division with 19-year-old driving sensation, Zach Brewer, of Winston-Salem, N.C. at the wheel.
Vice President of Marketing for Pipeline Motorsports, Jeff Leonard, in making the announcement to local reporters in Winston-Salem, indicated that they had very high hopes for their young driver and admitted that they were self-imposing a bit of pressure on themselves.
"We have very high aspirations," said Leonard. "We want to win both, the NAPA Filters Rookie of the Year award and the championship. That hasn't been done since 1990, and we'd like to be the ones to do it next." Is that putting extra pressure on the young driver? You'd never know it by talking to him.
"I suppose there's a little pressure," said Brewer. "But like Jeff said, it's all self-imposed. What I'm feeling is more anticipation rather than pressure."
"We've just come back from an excellent test session at Daytona. The car was quick, everyone seemed to work real well together and we learned a lot. I'm more excited now, than ever. I can't wait to get started. Sure, there are challenges ahead, but I think we're up to it."
"We've done everything we can do as far as laying the foundation," Leonard continued. "The cars are ready, the team is assembled and the sponsors are very close to being in place. Now, we just need to perform up to our own expectations."
One essential element in that performance, according to Leonard, is the acquisition of Crew Chief, "Pork Chop" Melton to the Pipeline Motorsports organization.
"Pork Chop is a big positive to this team," said Leonard. "He's coming over from Doc Brewer's team so he'll be instrumental in us being fast right out of the box. His experience with these cars and his knowledge of the racetracks the Dash Series visits will be extremely valuable to us as a new team going in there for the first time. We'll probably wear him out this year," Leonard chuckled.
Although primary sponsorship negotiations are not yet finalized for the Pipeline Motorsports team, Leonard is confident that primary sponsorship will be secured before the Feb. 12 opening date. The team has already confirmed that John Boy and Billy Popcorn, a product that will be appearing very soon on supermarket shelves across the southeast will be on the car as an associate sponsor in 1999.
With just two weeks remaining before the start of the 1999 racing season, the Pipeline Motorsports team will be putting the final touches on their No. 31 entry as they prepare for the Discount Auto Parts 200 at the world famous Daytona International Speedway, the kick-off to the Goody's Dash Series 25th Anniversary season.