Baby’s Health Causes Prickett To Sell Team
Neverlift Motorsports and David Prickett Racing have announced that due to impending medical costs, the team will be closing its doors following the 2013 Turkey Night Grand Prix.
Team owner David Prickett and his wife are expecting their first child on Jan. 2 and last Thursday the soon-to-be parents were notified that the child has a serious heart defect that will require open heart surgery after birth.
“I have had a blast building this team the last nine years,” said Prickett. “The relationships that have been built are like no other in this world. Now is a time when I have to do whats best for my family.”
Following Turkey Night, the team inventory will be put up for sale. Terry Nichols, who has been Prickett’s teammate in 2013, will drive the No. 15 Spike/AMS Chevy normally driven by owner Prickett, who will be at his home in Fresno, Calif.
“I wish I could finish off the season, but with the circumstances, we need to be here (Fresno), where if the baby comes early, the doctors and surgeons are prepared for us,” Prickett said.
Neverlift Motorsports was founded in 2004 and has had much success racing midgets in California. Prickett has picked up championships as a driver in 2009 with the Bay Cities Racing Ass’n and in 2012 with the USAC Western Dirt Midget Series.
Prickett may be selling his race team, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be giving up racing. He plans to race a mini sprint on BCRA MIdget Lites tour as well the California Lightning Sprints, though he has not committed to any schedule at this point.
“I am thankful that I will get the opportunity to continue driving. Until my baby is home safe though, I cannot commit to any schedule,” Prickett said.