Andy Evans and Brett Bodine Form Scandia-Bodine Racing
1 November 1997
BODINE & EVANS MAKE IT OFFICIAL ROUSH SUPPORT SWEETENS DEAL In a joint announcement, Brett Bodine and Andy Evans confirm that they are now officially partners in NASCAR Winston Cup racing. Since their initial meeting and agreement in August, their efforts over the last two months have culminated in a new organization - SCANDIA-BODINE RACING. "All the necessary documentation and authorizations have been completed and Diane and I are very happy and excited by having Andy as a partner," Brett stated. Evans stated, "l am also very enthusiastic about the deal. I have looked at the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for quite sometime with hopes of eventually adding this entity to my other racing interests. The situation and timing were right and the Bodine's had an organization that was very attractive to me. Of course with the recent problems of Catalyst Communication (parent company of Close Call) not honoring their sponsorship agreement, we are searching for sponsorship. "We want to rebuild this team to its potential and believe we will have a great opportunity next year due to an agreement reached with Jack Roush. I am very pleased to announce that the Scandia-Bodine Racing Fords will have Roush motors and chassis in 1998. Combined with proper funding and the talent of Brett, Donnie Richeson and the rest of the team, we should be a competitive force next season," Evans continued. Roush responded by saying, "I think that the relationship Brett has with Andy Evans will at long last give him the potential he has needed. His resources have been limited in development and sometimes even with the quantity of cars available, really since he left Bud Moore. This is what has been needed. Roush Racing has made a commitment to keep Scandia-Bodine Racing abreast if NASCAR makes changes to rules for compression and other things. If chassis configurations prove to be better, they will have access to that also." Roush currently provides engines for the IRL teams owned by Andy Evans. The Scandia-Bodine Racing team will continue to operate out of their current Mooresvlle, N.C. shop, with the engine program being managed by Bob Rinaldi.