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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by Nascar9fan on Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:07 am

Adams willing to drive for any team
With his contract at Star Team Nemoto expiring at the end of the year, Troy Adams' future hangs in the balance, &, unless Down Under Motorsports are able to find the ability to run 2 cars in the TM Lights, might be on the racing sidelines for 2014.
'Having an expiring contract is now a real eye opener for next year, as I might not even get a drive anywhere.' Adams said in a statement to reporters. 'The one thing I can guarantee for next year is that I'm not the primary driver selection for Down Under Motorsports in the TM Lights. The team has wanted to give my nephew Josh Marshall the car for 2 years, but haven't been able to because of his age. With him now being 21, he is eligible to drive in the series. If any team out there is looking for a driver, I'll definitely consider any offer given to me, even if an Independent's Trophy team gives me the opportunity.'
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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by gwoodard41 on Wed Mar 19, 2014 10:00 am

Potential TMMC Team going to use the Brute?!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it seems that a team has expressed interest in using the Lycoia Brute. The Brute, slated for retirement and outright demolition, has been looked at by a yet undisclosed TMMC team. No information other than a random phone message left at Lycoia's Racing and Development HQ. Only a phone number was left for any type of return contact.

It seems that if this undisclosed team does indeed use the Brute, it would have no manufacturer support from Lycoia or Lenard.
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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by Cynon on Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:00 pm

Rossini to Partner Roderick at Volpi in 2014

In an unsurprising move, Volpi Racing Team announced that their regular drivers for the 2014 season will be Leonid Roderick and Alessandro Rossini. Rossini's signing comes as little surprise, as the Italian had reportedly been in discussion to drive for Volpi since the Karjala Grand Prix. Rossini, the lone Italian regularly campaigning in the TM Master Cup series, has been driving for Scuderia Tutino, with a car heavily influenced by his technical knowledge.

Volpi vowed to give Packer Carroll a fighting chance for the remainder of the 2013 season, despite his suspension from the Round of Queensland.

"Obviously, Packer is frustrated, and we understand that human emotion drives motorsport." team boss Cyril Volpi said to the press.
"I'm grateful to know the real Packer, the one that not many people get to see, and despite these troubles, we will give him a fighting chance and help him show the world he can win again."

Volpi indicated, however, that the relationship between Carroll and VRT may not necessarily end once the Round of Decatur is over.

"I'm going to make sure he gets a place in the series somewhere. He's a good man with a good development program, great management ability. I've been putting the good word out about him, because when you see a good business... you give them a good review and help them grow."

Rumors about Volpi bringing the Kivett name to the TM Master Cup series with Packer Carroll sprang immediately. The Kivett brand, which Volpi purchased, has largely been inactive, with Kivett's only American model being rebadged as a Volpi in 2012. Carroll, however, owns the Gravity Racing squad, which has already made a name for itself in junior categories. Gravity Racing has been linked with Japanese manufacturer Isanni, but nothing has been confirmed.

Saar Returns to TM Master Cup in 2014 with Olenick

After a one-year absence, the Saar name will return to the TM Master Cup series on a regular basis after Team Saar USA left the paddock at the end of 2012 despite making a one-off showing at Indianapolis. The popular American marque will return to the TM Master Cup series with a new Saar Carolina and with TM Lights competitor Joe Olenick in car #23. Olenick will make a run for Rookie of the Year in 2014.

The new Saar team is entering under the name of Team Saar USA, a name which is presently still active in the floundering ASCC circuit. The ASCC Team Saar USA's owner, Peter Keyes, is reportedly not involved with this effort, as the listed team boss is Bill Barclay, and not Peter Keyes.

Melrose Racing Team Snags 2014 Grid Spot

Melrose Racing Team is the latest team to be confirmed to a 2014 grid spot for the TM Master Cup series. The German-based team, owned by Australian motorsport icon Daniel "The Mad Uncle" Melrose, has made the most of it's many Promoter's Options it received in 2013, winning in Ohio with Englishman Darren Cardel. While the name Melrose Racing Team has run and won in several categories across the globe, it has made only a small impact in TM Master Cup series racing. MRT's presence on the 2014 grid will come with Wernstrom backing for both chassis and engine design.

MRT is expected to enter under as an Australian team, as that is the birthplace of Daniel Melrose, however, it's possible the team could enter under a dual Australian/German license. Teams were limited to one nationality in 2013 after Hodges-Walter Racing reportedly tried to enter with every nationality of each of their employees -- hence why Volpi Racing Team, which previously entered as both an American and Italian team, is entered as an Italian team for 2013.

TM Master Cup series supremo Terry Schoffner scoffed at the potential for any drama with MRT's listed nationality.

"What's important is that we have a world-class organization participating... we all know that the team is both German and Australian. Don't worry about little things like that." Schoffner stated.

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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by PackerMan71 on Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:04 pm

PACKER GIVES A FEW MORE DETAILS INTO 2014 PLANS

The past few weeks have been a stressful time for Volpi driver Packer Carroll, but he is confident that 2014 will bring about the fresh start he is looking for.

PACKER: First off, I want to apologize for my outburst last week. It's been a very frustrating and stressful season, and I just finally lost it after Victoria. I guess it's true there's only so much a man can take. But 2014 could be a new beginning for me. As you are all aware, I have been in talks with Star Nemoto Racing about a possible buyout. So far, talks are going well, but nothing has been signed yet. The reason for this is we want to make absolutely sure we are ready for this. Bringing GRI up to Cup would take a lot of resources, so we need to make sure we have our I's dotted and our T's crossed before we jump head-on into this.

When asked about a manufacturer alliance for his team's potential jump to Cup...

PACKER: Well, our new alliance with Isanni is definitely a possibility, but if they don't consider themselves to be ready for Cup racing yet, they have given us permission to explore other options for 2014. Cyril indicated that he might bring back the Kivett model for my team to use should we make the jump to Cup, but everything is still up in the air. Once we've figured everything out, you'll be the first to know.
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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by Alpineopossum on Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:55 pm

Taylor to Team Saar USA

Cameron Taylor has been announced as a driver for Team Saar USA's return to the TM Master Cup Series. The Ohio native will partner Joe Olenick at the team, which has won the series championship five times, most recently with Tony Durbin in 2007.

"I can't say enough how delighted I am to be working with a team of this caliber. I'd like to thank Peter (Keyes) and Bill (Barclay) for their faith in me, and I can't wait to get behind the wheel." Taylor said at a press conference. Taylor made his Cup debut for Trevor Carrington Racing, which ran the Cup series in 2011 before focusing on TM Europe. After an uncompetitive effort at four races that season, he went to the TM Lights in 2012, finishing second in the points and winning rookie of the year honors.
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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by BWard on Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:24 am

Davidson may look for full-time opportunity

Despite earlier saying his future his slightly undecided, Jim Davidson may go one step further to a full-time drive. Recent reports from Interdrain Motorsports have declared that Davidson may leave the team after the 2013 Season is over, but says that he is proud that the team has got him to where he is now."I give my team so much credit for getting me to where I am now. I've had my highs and lows during my time with Interdrain Motorsports, so it's it's been a character-building ride so far in my Racing Career."
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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by f1fan12 on Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:41 am

Pushanda back at Tutino for 2014, with Sponsorship?

Vijay Pushanda's TM Master Cup Series career has been hit or miss. However, some of Pushanda's better runs were recorded with Tutino. With the departure of Alessandro Rossini to Volpi, the latest rumor is that Tutino is interested in putting Pushanda back in the 42 car. It is also reported that he is working on sponsorship with an unknown entity.
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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by NeverNeutral on Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:42 pm

Newcomers Look to Join TMMC with In-House Chassis; Looking for Race-Winning Driver
The latest of several new operations looking to join the TM Master Cup series has now made itself known: Canadian sports car team Laser Motorsports is looking to enter the series for an Independent's Trophy campaign. Under the leadership of Ted Johnson, Laser has been a regular in the Can-Am Racing Series, where they have generally been decently competitive, but have yet to score any class wins or podiums.

Not much is clear as to specifics on Laser's Master Cup program at the moment. Johnson has told reporters that the team will build an in-house chassis, the Laser MCL, which will be adapted from the Omecha MA03 and utilize self-built engines. The team has secured a few financial backers, but is still seeking full sponsorship.

Additionally, Johnson has stated that he aspires to hire "a proven former race winner who hasn't been around for a while, to help our program grow and to give them another shot at the big time." Johnson did not specify any drivers, but according to a source, among the drivers that Laser reportedly hopes to approach to drive for the team are Cyrus LaTerza, Stuart Sandoval, Ross Peterson, and Damien Snyder. If the team is unable to sign any of these drivers, the source stated that ARLA and ASCC driver Richard Scott could possibly be waiting in the wings. Scott would be eligible for Rookie of the Year honors.
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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by Ben Atkins on Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:20 pm

Team Kwik Fit - "We will get Cassandra Collins a drive for last quarter of TMMC season"

Team Kwik Fit are making claims that their main goal in TMMC in 2014 is to find their current Dash Cup driver Cassandra Collins a drive in the TM Master Cup series for the last quarter of the season, as soon as she turns 18.

It is unknown at this point whether this is through the team earning a Promoter's Option for those races, or whether the team will buy out a full time slot from another team for her, but team CEO Quinton Young says that Collins is ready for a challenge past Dash Cup.

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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by gwoodard41 on Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:17 pm

Lycoia buys off Predator design from James Dalton, will rebrand it as the Interceptor for the 2014 season.

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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by NeverNeutral on Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:16 pm

Aaron Singer Set to Join Scuderia Tutino in June 2014?

A new face will be joining the TM Master Cup Series during the summer of 2014. After Benoit Voeckler’s embarrassing performances during the Australian tour, Scuderia Tutino will reportedly release the French rookie from his role as test and reserve driver, effective immediately. Tutino have yet to confirm or deny this rumor, but immediately after this report was made, another came out that, no matter what happens with Voeckler, Tutino will be taking on a new test driver. Part-time ARLA Elite Series driver Aaron Singer announced via his Facebook page that he will join the Italian outfit, stating that he has already made a handshake agreement with the team. He will sign an official contract on June 9, when he turns 21 and becomes eligible for a Master Cup license. It is expected that his family’s hotel and casino business will follow him to sponsor the #48 car. Singer also stated that if all goes well, he may have the opportunity to step in the full-time #42 car in the future.
 
Aaron’s father, Lou, commented on the matter on a blog on his company’s website:
“All of us here at home are really excited for what the future holds. Particularly Aaron, of course, but myself as well. Racing has been our family’s passion for many years, and we’re proud to take that passion to the next level. I love Master Cup racing, and the Tutino guys are a great bunch. Let’s get ready to put the Singer Hotels and Casinos Tutino out front!”
 
Aaron has attracted his share of critics over the past two years for his driving in ARLA; many have stated that he lacks the talent and ability to become a competent driver. When criticized by a commenter on Facebook who acknowledged his lack of results and pace, Aaron responded:
“Fuck you, you don’t know what I can do! Oval and road course racing is a natural talent for me. Of course, you must not realize that, since you’re saying such stupid shit. Let’s meet up at the next race. Since you think I’m so terrible, I wanna see you do better.”
 
If Voeckler does indeed leave the team, it is not known who would drive the #48 car until Singer is permitted to drive. Avery Holtzmann and Denis Predikin each made a start in the 48 car earlier this season.

Read the first letter in each of the sentences in the Singers' quotes.
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Post by SnakePlissken on Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:14 pm

After its absence in 2013, I'd like to bring back those fan designed paint schemes for 2014!

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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by Cynon on Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:58 pm

SnakePlissken wrote:After its absence in 2013, I'd like to bring back those fan designed paint schemes for 2014!

Me too.

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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by Mother of Invention on Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:36 am

Cynon wrote:
SnakePlissken wrote:After its absence in 2013, I'd like to bring back those fan designed paint schemes for 2014!

Me too.

I third this.
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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by RykoRacing on Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:49 pm

Mother of Invention wrote:
Cynon wrote:
SnakePlissken wrote:After its absence in 2013, I'd like to bring back those fan designed paint schemes for 2014!

Me too.

I third this.

I wasn't apart of this, but I loved the fan cars! I fourth this.
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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by RykoRacing on Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:06 pm

Fleury Shows Interest in Other Teams

With teams still unconfirmed, Flash Fleury is not sure if The Fleury Racing Team will be in the TMMC in 2014. Fleury has stated that he would be happy to join another team if Fleury Racing was not in the cup. Although he stated he would join any team, he said that it would be awesome to be a part of Team Lynxe and Team Saar USA if things didn't work out.


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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by bsoyuz on Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:37 pm

Gabriel Macena haves Independent's Trophy ride lined up. Team to be announced further on.

This weekend, Gabriel Macena, that finished __th at São Paulo, his TM Master Cup Series debut announced that he would have a IT ride lined up for 2014. The only thing known is that he'll share the car with other driver and will be only running at the US, preferably on ovals.
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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by NASCARLOVER427 on Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:23 am

RykoRacing wrote:
Mother of Invention wrote:
Cynon wrote:
SnakePlissken wrote:After its absence in 2013, I'd like to bring back those fan designed paint schemes for 2014!

Me too.

I third this.

I wasn't apart of this, but I loved the fan cars! I fourth this.

I fifth this, I loved not having to look at regular liveries all the time!
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Post by bsoyuz on Fri May 02, 2014 5:36 pm

New team may pop up in the 2014 Independent's Trophy.Using unbadged Lycoias.

Some rumors are being heard that a new team may appear on the TM Master Cup Series, and racing on the Independent's Trophy. The team is the Sarnov Autosport, mainly backed by the Russian petroleum. The rumors say that if the team enters the series, they'll use unbadged Lycoia Brutes, mostly due to Lycoia dropping the Brute from their lineup.

(OOC: Rumor #1)

Tutino can have several drivers sharing the car in 2014

The italian team Scuderia Tutino won't have Alessandro Rossini on ther lineup, and the state of Ben Atkins is not known yet. But some talks are being heard that the Tutino may sign several drivers to share the #42 in 2014, some of them being pay drivers, altough these rumors aren't confirmed by Tutino or the TMMC officials, is making some people wonder if the Scuderia Tutino can have some moments of brilliance in 2014, as some really good drivers may be heading to the team, doing some one-off attempts.

(OOC: Rumor #2, these are not meant to be taken seriously, even being slightly "realistic")
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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by Milan655 on Sat May 03, 2014 4:43 pm

FIAM aiming to have car ready for 2014
Following the great success of the FIAM-produced Rossini 312S Turismo, FIAM are aiming to return in 2014 with a new chassis for customer use. The car, which has been sent into production later this month, will only be FIAM's 2nd fully designed stock car chassis with their FIAM Cinque set to compete in the Dash Cup as a manufacturer programme in Europe. While the Rossini 312S Turismo, rebranded and re-worked to become the Tutino T12B, was technically FIAM's first stock car, their involvement in the product extended no further than the production of the earlier versions of the car with the chassis designed by a team headed by Alessandro Rossini and later versions of the car produced by Tutino.

FIAM's new challenger, yet to be named, is scheduled to be released in time for next year's Karjala Grand Prix with the aim to supply customer teams with an affordable and well constructed model.
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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by Veni Vidi Voeckler on Thu May 08, 2014 6:27 pm

Katzev chasing Delacroix-Serrano finance injection?

Despite a win in their home round this season, Katzev Engineering have had a rocky year financially, and have been struggling to make ends meet of late.

However, rumorus are circling that they are looking to hire Benoit Voeckler, who brings with him very substantial backing from the Delacroix-Serrano corporation.

Voeckler has been racing as a promoters option this year in the #48 Scuderia Tutino, and with his Formula A career faltering somewhat, is looking for full time opportunities elsewhere. With his level of sponsor backing, he should be able to land a seat somewhere, but there's no certainty Katzev will take the financial bait.
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Anna Pericles Looking for 2 drivers (As long as cyon lets her) To Drive for her team, Oreo Motorsports, Oreo motorsports has at least 20 Races won combined. Yeah i know Lame, But were a young team (Not Dillon Young) We started Last September. And were hoping for some people to Join,
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Post by Cynon on Wed May 21, 2014 2:45 pm

Dwyer Has 2014 Plans

Kevin Dwyer has "plans" for the 2014 TM Master Cup series, but refused to divulge the details to reporters. Dwyer, whose father won the TM Master Cup series a record six times, confirmed that he had been talking to other teams about a drive for 2014. While Dwyer's actions may hint a less-than-amiable split from the Mitchell & Sons team, reports suggest that Inglesby wants Dwyer for its factory team and is using its influence over Mitchell & Sons Racing to get Dwyer into a more competitive ride.

"I got everything for next year sorted out, don't worry about it." Dwyer said to reporters.

Dwyer did say he was open to running a car that did not have his father's famous #72 on the car, but he made his preference clear.

"Some car owners would rather you run their number and not your own, and for the most part I'm okay with that, but I'd rather pay tribute to dad and my family with the car number." Dwyer said.
"They're going to have a hard time getting me to run a different helmet design though. I don't care what people say about it, I'm keeping a purple helmet with #72 on it even if it's not the number I'm driving."

Benny Dwyer made the "royal blue 72" famous in the late 80s and early 90s. As early as the 1970s, the Dwyer family has been associated with purple cars because few competitors willingly drove purple cars. Benny Dwyer started with purple cars until sponsors settled on a royal blue color.

Fan favorite Kevin Dwyer has had a difficult 2013 campaign, spending most of the season flying under the radar in his Mitchell & Sons Juneau, with some exceptions. Dwyer's 2013 may best be showcased with his charge to the lead early at Road America, and holding off some of the regular frontrunners for the lead before he inevitably dropped back.

Mitchell & Sons Deny Carroll Link Despite Meeting

A rumor linking Packer Carroll to the famous Mitchell & Sons #74 car was recently denied by the team. Mitchell & Sons Racing, the longest-running team in the TM Master Cup series, denied that Carroll would join the team for 2014.

"I had lunch with him at Calder Park... but no, he won't be driving for us." team owner Thomas Mitchell stated to the press.
"There's a few young guys we're looking at, but we also would like to keep one of the boys driving for us, too."

The elder Mitchell indicated that it was "tough" to pick between which of their two drivers had done a better job in 2013. Mitchell & Sons Racing drivers Zack Duff and Kevin Dwyer are nearly even on points after 18 rounds.

TM Lights frontrunners Axel Andersson and Brandon Lareau are reportedly on the Mitchell & Sons shortlist, along with the shock Queensland winner Jacob Kard and Quincy winner Chris Davenport.

Some pundits called Mitchell's statement as a bluff, most notably Lance Andrews, who previously drove for the Mitchell family from 1995 until the end of 1998.

"Mitchell told the press for 8 months there's no way he'd sign me for his car in '94 when the deal was already done, and he did the same in '96." Andrews said.
"Packer Carroll could be on his way over there, especially if Isanni wants to pair up with the Mitchells."

DeGarmo Enterprises Returning to TM Lights, Merge With Existing Team?

Long-time TM Master Cup and TM Lights car owner Owen DeGarmo will be returning to the TM Lights paddock in 2014 with a brand new team. DeGarmo, no stranger to ambitious start-up teams, indicated that he could start with at least two cars or merge with a few already existing TM Lights teams.

"I've always said two heads are better than one, and in racing, the same applies. I'm more than willing to join forces with an existing team in addition to bringing up a few new faces." DeGarmo said.
"I've got my eye on a few guys nobody's heard enough about, and I think they deserve their shot in the sun."

DeGarmo is reportedly looking to the increasingly competitive TM Mexico series as well as visiting some short tracks on the west coast completely unannounced. DeGarmo has been part of the test team behind the Omecha M14, the chassis type TM Lights is looking to utilize in 2014.

"You'll know who stands out by how they'll perform on track when they only just realize a few big names are watching them. Some people can handle that pressure well, some can't, and others just simply don't give a damn." DeGarmo chuckled.
"Couple guys from out west I've been keeping my eyes on, and a couple guys from south of the border I think deserve a shot."

DeGarmo has been rumored to also be involved with a potential joint effort with Tom Delgado to run a TM Master Cup series team, but DeGarmo would not comment on them.

"You people say the darnest things." was all he would say.

Omecha M14 Pitched to FARC, TM Lights

Former TM Master Cup series and TM Lights car owner Owen DeGarmo, one of the driving forces behind the controversial Omecha M14 revealed that he pitched the car to the Falkner Auto Racing Championship for 2014 in addition to TM Lights. DeGarmo revealed, though, that FARC was not as interested in the car as TM Lights, TM Mexico, and TM Canada.

"I guess FARC loves ugly [American Stock Car Championship] style cars way too much, because they didn't want anything to do with the M14. They said it's a spec car, when in reality, it's not." DeGarmo said.
"I can see why people call it one, because of where it was made, but the reality is that teams can build their own if they don't want one straight from Omecha... it's less a spec car and more of a kit car. You can buy all the parts, but you can put it together a bunch of different ways."

While it seems to be a foregone conclusion that TM Canada and TM Mexico will adopt the M14 due to cost concerns, some TM Lights teams are leery of it.

"Omecha and Bolden did a hell of a job with the LTX12, but everything I hear about the M14 almost sounds too good to be true... perhaps it is too good to be true." Roderick Motorsports Limited owner Barry Roderick was quoted as saying.
"The biggest problem with it is that every car in the series will look the same, and some fans want to see the differences between the cars as more than a few stickers."

"It might be pretty expensive in the short term, since the cars we got are still fairly new and aren't cheap either." Wolfesport owner David Wolfe told the press.
"The Canadian and Mexican guys are currently paying less for old crap and it still runs. If we gotta run it then we'll run it, but I'd rather stick with what we got. The repair bills won't be any cheaper, that's for sure."

Carbondale, Decatur Races in Doubt ... Cicero, Springfield?

It has become known that the Round of Carbondale and the Round of Decatur have been in some doubt for the 2014 season. The Round of Decatur's status, at least in its place as the season finale, is in question largely because of possible races in Dubai and Gravis City ousting it from the finale. The Round of Carbondale was absent from the 2007 season due to renovations, but with the local economy faultering, Carbondale's place is not as secure as it once was. Both races, interestingly, have the same promoter.

A race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois is touted as a replacement venue. Should it come on the calendar, it would be the first time since 1990 that the TM Master Cup series would race at Springfield -- and the touted date is likely to coincide with the Illinois State Fair in the summer. This date would likely be very close to a spot on the calendar presently occupied by Quincy, but the Round of Quincy promoters indicated that the race could be moved later in the year.

Another race that may pop it's way onto the TM Master Cup calendar is a race at the defunct Chicago Motor Speedway in Cicero, Illinois. CMS, built for Indy cars in the late 90s, hosted four TM Master Cup series races from 1999 to 2002. A race in Cicero is believed to be in the works for later in the season, the intent being to avoid the often-unbearable humidity in the summer months.

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Post by Magus978 on Wed May 21, 2014 3:19 pm

Delgado Reiterates 2014 Position "Never Rule Anything Out"

Competing in the Round of New York as a promoter's option for Ocean Motorsports, Tom Delgado reiterated his 2014 intentions and once again stated that he would not rule any potential option out that sees him compete in racing's top division again.

"You guys know by now that I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is. If someone has the same desire to win as I do and wants to get a deal done, I'll bring Tom Delgado Racing and everything else I've got to the table. I've made no secret that I'd like to come back to Master Cup in some capacity, but it has to be the right deal. I wouldn't come back to support a losing effort" Delgado said of his 2014 status.

When asked about potentially joining up with Owen DeGarmo on a joint Master Cup effort, Delgado was skeptical but willing to listen. "I don't know what (Owen) DeGarmo wants to do, but I put him in the same boat as anyone else. If anyone wants to get serious, let's get serious. I'm willing to help back an effort if they're willing to put the same amount of effort I am towards winning races and eventually winning championships. As Ian Cooper would say...Effort equals results, so if someone's serious about obtaining results, my phone's always on 24/7 and I'll answer" Delgado said.
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Post by navycook75 on Sat May 24, 2014 2:10 am

Leckliter may be a driver for a third car in 2014?
With his second place in Independents Trophy standings at the moment, there are rumors going around in the paddock that Leckliter may be in the running for a third car.

When asked about the rumor, Leckliter didn't confirm or deny any rumors, but did say a few teams came up to him with full time contracts, which he shot down due to his ARLA commitments.

The rumored teams are as follows, Volpi, BlackDiamond, ALERT, Tutino, and surprisingly, Lynxe.  None of the rumors got anymore news except Lynxe, which was denied after it was found out to be a terribly made photoshop of Leckliter's head pasted on Chris Davenport's old driving suit and the press release was a modified copy of Leckliter's conformation of his 2009 Nemoto stint.

So far the only thing confirmed is his Independents Trophy ride for next year, but obviously that's not going to last if any of the rumors are confirmed.
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Post by PackerMan71 on Sat May 24, 2014 9:39 am

PACKER AND ISANNI "JOINED AT THE HIP"

After rumors started circulating about Packer Carroll maybe going to the Mitchell and Sons team, Packer addressed those rumors before the Round of New York was set to begin.

PACKER: Yeah, me and Thomas [Mitchell] had lunch and talked for a bit, but that was really about it. As far as where I might be going, it really depends on where Isanni lands in the TM Master Cup Series next year. After we signed a deal for Isanni to become my team's primary manufacturer, we've become joined at the hip, so basically, wherever Isanni goes, I go. Of course, the best case scenario for me would be if Isanni decides to bring my team up to Cup, which we are still talking about, so right now, anything can happen.
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Post by bsoyuz on Sat May 24, 2014 9:58 am

Team Brasil to be formed at Ian Masterson Racing

Today it was announced that Gabriel Macena may join a team with a brazilian driver, altough is not know with will be, being shortlisted only two possible teams: Finntech and Ian Masterson Racing, but since Finntech normally races on Europe, Ian Masterson is probably his way into the TMMC. His ride will be shared with João Paulo Vidal, forming this way the de facto Team Brasil.

Gabriel: "I'm very pleased with this decision, I've already race on a TMMC car before, but I didn't expcted to get a ride so early, but having a ride with a strong team is a really good thing and I hope for good results."
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Post by Mother of Invention on Sat May 24, 2014 4:33 pm

David Hetzel plans return to Master Cup field

During a recent AMA on the subreddit /r/TMMC , former Master Cup car Owner David Hetzel layed out his plans for 2014. When a redditor by the name of JoshW98 asked what Hetzel was doing for the 2014, Hetzel spilled the following info.

/u/DavidHetzelOfficial wrote:Well I guess now is as good of time as ever to tell you the news. DHRE (David Hetzel Racing Enterprises) has recently purchased a fleet of four Omecha MA04s, with intent to race them in Master Cup in 2014. We have purchase one Shortrack, one Superspeedway and one Roadcouse car, along with a car for general back-up use. I can't say anything about the sponsor because we're still in talks with them, but we feel they are a unique, world-class organization,. Any other questions about sponsorship; I will have to dodge them. Although we'd like to run for the Independants trophy, I feel that it would be best if we ran some Promoters options instead, that way our schedule can play to our teams strength and not have our schedule determined by other teams. Also the car will be #76 again.

David Hetzel's prior TMMC experience was in 2007 with driver Leroy Brittan, before sponsorship issues forced the team to shut down.
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Post by day500champ1 on Mon May 26, 2014 10:24 pm

GLM to return for IT run in 2014; looks to make a push for a full-time run in 2015

Fresh off a 9th place run in the Round of New York, Great Lakes Motorsports owner, Jim More, stated that he will partition for an Independent's Trophy slot in 2014. The 51 year old Michigan native stated that sponsor HP Engineparts would return for another run.

The driver choice though is in doubt. More stated that he wished Vijay [Pushanda], the team's current driver, would return, but that he is seeking a replacement should Pushanda land a full-time TMMCS ride or return to Scuderia Tutino, the team he drove for in 2012. More did say that if the team seeks another driver that he would be looks for someone who has TMMCS experience, either a former driver or a current driver who doesn't have a ride lined up in any form for 2014.
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Post by Cynon on Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:23 pm

18 Full-Time Teams for 2014 -- Confirmed

TM Master Cup series organizers confirmed that there will be 18 full-time teams for the 2014 season. TM Master Cup series supremo Terry Schoffner said that several of the teams just "needed to get paperwork done", while refusing to divulge any details about who the teams will be.

"You'll know all of them. Just trust me." Schoffner stated to a reporter after first practice for the Round of British Columbia.

The announcement of 36 full-time cars leaves just 6 spots on the grid for Independent's Trophy and Promoter's Option entries. The number of Independent's Trophy cars in each TM Master Cup series race is expected to drop from 6 to 3, but a decision regarding Independent's Trophy entrants is still pending.

Some pundits called Schoffner's announcement as a bluff, such as former TM Master Cup series driver Lance Andrews. "I don't know how [Schoffner] expects there to be 18 teams that are ready to compete at this level next year. I can imagine 15 or 16, but 18 is asking too much." Andrews wrote.
"He might be trying to squeeze in more room for Promoter's Option cars, or maybe he thinks fans don't understand how the Independent's Trophy works. The Promoter's Option is a real big hit in places like Brazil, China, India, and Gravis City, or anywhere that they can drag out a local hero."

Others, such as former champion Tony Durbin, had a more critical view. "It's hard enough for a small team to get any traction. I don't get why the series wants all of the teams to be franchised like they are. It would be better if it wasn't so exclusive."

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Post by crl on Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:45 pm

MT Motorsports has secured sponsorship from IHOP for the 2014 TM Master Cup season, and has submitted its paperwork to be an Independents' Trophy candidate once again. The driver lineup of Kraig Mummert and Brian Morris is expected to remain the same.

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Post by JMac525 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:04 am

Big Mac Racing Wishes to Return; Tom Moore Examines His Options

Seattle native Tom Moore is looking forward to 2014 after a mostly successful 2013 Independent's Trophy run. Moore currently sits on top of the Independent's Trophy standings with one race to go. His high finish of the year was a sixth place at Road Atlanta. Due to recent success, Moore is open to a full time ride if there are any interested teams. "I believe I'm ready for the next step. I think I proved this year that I can run well on road courses and the big ovals, where I struggled most in the past." If a full time opening is not available Moore would be happy returning with Big Mac Racing for another run for the Independent's Trophy. Big Mac Racing owner Thomas Mac said, "I respect whatever decision Tom makes. We'd love to have him back with the team, but I understand if he goes for a full time ride given the opportunity." Big Mac Racing wishes to return for an Independent's Trophy run in 2014 if re-accepted. The team wishes to run the #52 again and has rumored sponsorship from The Home Depot. The manufacturer they will use is unknown at this given time.
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Post by flyingturns89 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:29 am

ASCC driver Bloomers submits paperwork for Independent's Trophy run.

Chuck Bloomers has sent in paperwork to be one of the entries for the Independent's Trophy in 2014, in a car that is to be fielded by his own team, Chuck Bloomers Racing. Bloomers said in a statement that he has enough sponsorship to run for the Independent's Trophy, and hopes that he gets the chance the race in the series. Bloomers spent 2013 in the ASCC Cup Series, where he finished ___ in points with multiple top 5 finishes.
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Post by gwoodard41 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:09 am

Helsing representatives kick off advertising campaign to show the Hunter's capabilities

It seems that the Lycoia (well Lenard too) subsidiary has been hard at work improving the Hunter chassis for the 2014 season. Test videos of the new chassis going through trials against the current Lycoia Brute, Tonare Surge, and Omecha MA04 showed the Hunter to be far more nimble on the road courses than the other models while acceleration speeds were also improved over the 2013. The braking systems of the Hunter were also built from scratch, using a system the Brute was going to use but didn't get used due to time constraints. The Hunter also will be using, depending on the rules, a carbon fiber based decklid, roof, and hood. These will allow for the new braking system, as it is a little heavier than the previous generation's version. Representatives of Helsing have sent out information to potential 2014 Independent's Trophy teams in the hopes that they can be swayed to use the Hunter. Teams would receive a financial bonus if they decided to go with the Hunter and not a competing manufacturer.

"Look, while we may be a subsidiary of both Lycoia and Lenard, we aren't as crazy as Lycoia nor as 'well known' as Lenard is." Jacob Ferguson, a representative told reporters at a car show in Chicago, IL. "We're looking to get into this, however, we have to allow teams to make their own decisions. We just hope that tests done against our competitor's current cars will sway their decision towards us.

Jack Dempsey unsure about where he will head up.

Jack Dempsey, best known for his former television Show, has been contemplating several offers in both the TM Master Cup and TM Lights. The Australian from Townsville, has denied that he's made a decision and is awaiting a phone call from several teams who've expressed interest in him running with them. Rumors is that he could either wind up going full time in the TM Lights, running in the Independent's Trophy or running as a third car in a potential Australian team.
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Post by bsoyuz on Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:12 am

Gabriel Macena could do starts in a big team's third car.

The future of Gabriel Macena is known for now, but one doubt has appeared, as theres some rumors that he may do races for Hodges-Walter's , Tutino, Volpi, ALERT, BlackDiamond and Katzev. These teams are been rumored to bring Macena as a third car for Brazil and a few more races in the US, when his FARC schedule allows. Mostly due to his increasing popularity at America.At the time that this news was reported, neither Gabriel or the teams had confirmed this............
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Post by BWard on Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:08 am

Interdrain Motorsports may not return to Master Cup in 2014

Current Independents Trophy team Interdrain Motorsports could possibly scale back to only running in TM Lights in 2014. It's been reported that the team has not built up enough money during the 2013 Season, which may be the reason why the team will solely focus on TM Lights in 2014. Their curren driver Jim Davidson has already announced that he is leaving the team at the end of the season, perusing a full-time opportunity in the TM Master Cup Series in 2014.
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Post by RyanB06 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:14 am

Matthews: I'm happy where I am
Count Ryan Matthews as one of the few drivers not interested in a full-time Master Cup return.

"I'm happy where I am," he said, referring to his Independent run in 2013 that included Promoter's Options at Brazil and New York. "For the first time in a year, I'm happy. We've got a new sponsor coming on board for 2014, we've been doing work on getting the Aspira more competitive, and I think we're ready to make a serious run at the Trophy."

Matthews wouldn't rule out a future full-time Cup return, but he noted that this wasn't the time.

"I've got a great situation in FARC right now," he said. "Obviously I'd love to be racing full-time in Cup again, but my commitments there kind of make that impossible at the moment. But I'd never say never."
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Post by BurningThunder on Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:40 am

Team Thunder eyeing return to Independent's Trophy?

Despite the announcement that the number of Independent's Trophy teams would drop from 6 to 3 at each race next year, one team did not appear to be perturbed. Team Thunder, the Cleveland, Ohio-based outfit that prides itself as the "Biggest Little Team in Racing" appears to be gearing up for another Independent's Trophy run in 2014 with manufacturer's support from Tonare.

"Over the past two years we've really been gearing up for a return to the Independent's Trophy, showing up at the big races at Indy and Decatur. This year with the Promoter's Option we basically ran an Independent's Trophy schedule, the four races we ran really helped prepare us for next season," said team owner Michael Rutana. "Tonare will be coming back, of course. The papers have already been signed for that. However, I've heard rumblings that one of the new teams will have some of their experimental parts early in the season, not sure of much about that though."

Team Thunder currently fields cars full-time in the TM Lights and ARLA Elite Series. Team Thunder has participated in five TM Master Cup Series races this season (4 with Anthony Griffith, 1 with Bob Stephans) with a best finish of 17th by Griffith at the Round of South Carolina.

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Post by Milan655 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:22 pm

FIAM pushing for Independent's Trophy in 2014
After reports confirming FIAM had begun development on a new TM Master Cup chassis, FIAM have gone on to announce that they plan on fielding the car for Giuseppe Marchetti in the Independent's Trophy.

FIAM initially stated that the car was expected to be due by Karjala, however FIAM C.E.O Andrea Cuccioli commented: "We have the car ready now. The car has completed heavy testing in Brands Hatch recently and we must admit that the results have really impressed us. With Giuseppe Marchetti, I am sure that this car could challenge definitely towards the front of the Independent cars if we can get the entry 100% confirmed."
Newly appointed FIAM Director of Motorsport Francois Boullion added: "We had a positive debut in the TM Master Cup with an Omecha in Karjala and we expect that with our own chassis we can run much to a much stronger degree. But everything is up in the air at the moment. We have a car, but we still don't have a grid slot yet. We wait and see for now."

The new FIAM tourer, expected to be named the 314S, will be an upgrade to the current 312S model used in the Italian Touring Car Championship and has been developed alongside FIAM's new Dash Cup competitor the "Cinque".
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Post by Rykia on Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:50 pm

Full Throttle Ready to Return as an Independent in 2014

After coming up just shy of winning the Independent's Trophy for the second year in a row with Danny Savin, Full Throttle Motorsports has announced that preparations have been completed, financially, for their return in 2014. While it is presumed that Danny Savin will return to drive, nothing has been confirmed. The team says that with or without Savin and Quaker State backing, they will return for an Independent's Trophy gig as strong as these past two seasons have been.
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Post by Lucstar88 on Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:37 pm

Lucstar Motorsports leaving Master Cup, Taylor to FARC.

Lucstar Motorsports, will not be returning to TMMC after running in the IT. CAde Taylor, driver of the 56, will be going to FARC with Lucstar Motorsports in the 125 car.

Humpfreys looking to enter TMMC?
Texas 500 winner, and current points leader Michael Humpfreys, is contemplating a Independent's Trophy ride. He is not sure at the moment, saying that his focus at the moment is the ASCC Title. If he can't find a ride for 2014, he'll likely stay in ASCC for the time bring
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Post by Magus978 on Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:56 pm

Delgado Growing Impatient With Quest For 2014 Grid

As with everything in life, patience is a virtue. This virtue, however, seems to be lost on one Tom Delgado. While doing a guest spot on a local pre-qualifying show for the Round of British Columbia, Delgado admitted that he was running out of patience in his attempt to get onto the 2014 TM Master Cup grid.

"I know these things aren't supposed to move fast, but I need to know what I'm doing for 2014 so I can allocate team finances properly. I've seen all the rumors, but there's one thing I haven't seen: action. I keep saying that my door is wide open if anyone's serious about successful business. The door's open, but nobody's come through. Let's get something clear: I will NOT fund a losing operation just for the hell of it. I tried that in 2012 with our Independent's Trophy campaign, and it damn near broke me financially!" Delgado said when asked about all the rumors involving him. He also admitted that there's a real possibility that Tom Delgado Racing will not make any attempts in 2014. "Again, this is reliant on another investor coming on board. I can afford the costs to get ourselves a car and the necessary parts, but in order to realistically be competitive, I need another backer. We need to put a lot of money into the team and into the car to give ourselves any shot at a points haul" Delgado added.
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Post by NASCARLOVER427 on Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:16 am

TurboSports looking for full time ride

TurboSports has been looking for a full time ride during the off season and they have finally gotten enough funding for the entire season. Rumors have said that the team might be backed by Isanni and not Wernström like Timmy Welsch's run at Decatur. The 2 drivers have been rumored to be Timmy Welsch in the #101 Patty Wagon Isanni kind of like his one off effort in 2013 at Decatur, and their 2nd car has been rumored to be driven by Englishman Jenson Harolds in the #97 Drive To Stop Drunk Driving Isanni who will be running the 2014 Dash Cup Spa GP. The 3rd part time driver has been rumored to be team owner, Irishman Alex Constantine in the #128 Mario Kart 8 Isanni.

UPDATE: The attempt was aborted.


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Post by bsoyuz on Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:34 am

Majestic Motorsports returning?

By the announce that the lineup for the 2014 TM Master Cup Series season would be composed by 18 teams, rumors say that the following teams could join, or rejoin the pinnacle of Stock Car racing:

-Majestic Motorsports: This team left in 2012, giving it's place to Lynxe. Maybe they could return at any capacity.

-Clockwork Racing: This team is rumored to join, adding the Midnight to full-time competition.

-M&J Racing: this team could've joined several times, if they indeed join this year, Chris Johaanes and Kevin Monroe could team up again like in early 2000's

-FLASH Racing: The FLASH Racing could split from alert and become the Inglesby factory team, would be something a little bit nostalgic.
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Post by Wizzie on Thu Jun 19, 2014 7:16 am

MRT Close to Taube Deal?

With the 2014 pre-season inching ever closer, rumours are abound within the paddock about the shape of the 2014 grid. One major piece of that puzzle has been the concerning the fate of one Mathias Taube, current TMMC championship leader and Gessler driver whose contract expires at the end of the current season. Ambitious newcomers Melrose Racing Team made it very clear early on in the silly season that Taube was their number one priority for 2014, and it looks like they may get their man as word in the paddock is the Swiss driver is just days away from signing a multi-year contract with the works Wernstrom operation to drive the #73 DHL car. While neither MRT Boss Daniel Melrose nor Taube were available for comment, it's expected than an announcement from MRT to be made as soon as next week.
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Post by gwoodard41 on Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:01 pm

With the Decatur Speedway in doubt for next season, would Lycoia Motors be leading the charge to an overhaul of the classic venue?

It seems that the TM Master Cup may not be using Decatur in the next season, as provided by silly season reports. Lycoia Motors, which has it's biggest factory based near the city (and it's former corporate headquarters before moving to Lenard's) will be putting a plan into action that could include turning the track into a night based road course, repaving the track, and among other changes that would breathe fresh life into the classic venue. However, no word on approval or how they would go about this have popped up on any reliable sources.
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Re: 2014 Silly Season Thread

Post by Cynon on Fri Jun 27, 2014 3:02 am

Taube Signs with Melrose for 2014

In a shock announcement, Swede Mathias Taube announced that he had signed to drive for the new Melrose Racing Team for the 2014 season. Taube, who was expected to re-sign with Gessler, apparently had a change of heart after hearing the Melrose Racing Team offer and signed a one year deal with a two-year option.

"It's been a great run with Carl Richter's team, but I think it's time I moved on. Hopefully I'll be able to take the number 1 over to Wernstrom for their first full campaign." Taube said in the press release.

Taube's signing comes as a surprise, as the majority of paddock observers did not believe Taube would leave Richter's team for relative newcomer Daniel Melrose's outfit. Some hinted a possible spat between Taube and Carl Richter, but that was denied by the team.

"Wernstrom I believe is a better fit for me long-term." was all that Taube would say.

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Post by gwoodard41 on Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:21 am

Rumors of the Lycoia Infiltrator to replace the Interceptor?

It seems that with Lenard and Saar bringing in their updated pony cars back into the TMMC paddock, it seems that Lycoia, the subsidiary of Lenard proposed the idea of the Lycoia Infiltrator being used next season, replacing the Interceptor as plans for that chassis are being focused in other series. Currently, the designs are being worked up for a final variant.

However, no sources at this time could confirm these rumors.
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Post by Cynon on Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:40 pm

Lenard International Forms, Soveral to Drive

Adam Samson announced he is formally splitting from Launch Energy and the American Launch Energy Racing Team (ALERT) at the end of this season and will run the new Lenard TM Master Cup series team, Lenard International.

Lenard International announced that one of their drivers for the upcoming season will be Brazilian star Luciano Soveral. While it's long been known that Soveral will not be returning to Hodges-Walter Racing for the 2014 campaign, his destination was not known.

Soveral's teammate is not currently known, but reports indicate that Dash Cup champion Robert Dorian is the current favorite to seal that ride.

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Post by gwoodard41 on Tue Jul 15, 2014 6:15 am

Woodard to switch number to 14 at the behest of TMMC officials?

With the rumor of Zack Webster being assigned to the 15 car and Kurt Plissken already occupying the 16, it seems that Woodard is the odd man out by not having a number that falls in line with a theme that other teams have seem to taken on. Woodard, who's been using the same number for the majority of his racing career told reporters that he was willing to change numbers due to the pressure of officials and team members alike. However, this doesn't mean that he will unless he absolutely has to do so.
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