Ultra/Evernham Motorsports Dissolves Partnership in No. 7 Winston Cup Team
Statesville, N.C. (November 7, 2002) - Ray Evernham, president and CEO of Evernham Motorsports, and Jim Smith, owner of Ultra Motorsports, have agreed to end their joint venture Ultra/Evernham Motorsports. Ultra/Evernham fielded the No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge driven by Casey Atwood in the Winston Cup Series this season.
Beginning with this weekend's race at Phoenix International Raceway, the
No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge will be solely owned and operated by
Smith's Ultra Motorsports team. The Sirius Dodge will be driven by Jason
Leffler in the Checker Auto Parts 500 under the Ultra Motorsports banner.
"Jim and I formed this team at the end of last season to give Casey some
additional seat time in Winston Cup," Evernham said. "Without Casey driving the No. 7, there was no reason for us to continue our relationship. Sirius has been a great partner, and I wish them and Jim the best of luck in the future."
Atwood will drive the No. 91 Dodge Intrepid R/T, fielded by Evernham
Motorsports, during the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami
Speedway. Atwood and Evernham are discussing opportunities for 2003 and will be making a separate announcement once a decision has been made.
"We probably wouldn't have been able to run a full season this year if it
hadn't been for Ray coming on board with Sirius," Smith said. "I am
grateful to him for helping Ultra Motorsports build this long-term relationship with Sirius and am looking forward to the 2003 season. Casey
has contributed well to this team, and I wish him nothing but success in the future."
Smith will continue to operate the No. 7 Sirius Satellite Radio Dodge in
2003. A driver for the team has not yet been determined.
So,...bad enough being associated with the back of the pack,...
...and now we've been dumped,...er we've ended up with another question mark.
Say taint so,...17 times,...
Msg: 130570 < Second, co-owner Jim Smith. Mr. Smith, has found himself in serious legal problems. He faces more than 11 years behind bars after facing charges of 17 felony counts of illegal hazardous waste dumping.
How about we ask fearless her0 another rhetorical, eh,...er,...okay,...um JC,...given that you've demonstrated such prowess for fabrication when it suits any occasion,...ah,...how would you describe being associated with an alleged felon,...as far as mistakes go, compared to your many others?
JC: "This is a bigger one," Clayton said of the sponsorship. "Not only do we sponsor two races, we have the sponsorship with (team owner) Ray Evernham and exclusive track sponsorships with ISC (International Speedway Corp.)."
No, no JC,...hang on,...Ray Evernham had the sense (finally) to get out.
GOD BLESS (inner sense)
They wasted a lot of marketing time on him.
They need someone tough that can scrap metal with them.
Someone that knows how to fix his own car.
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