Motter Returns With Joey Saldana
PENGILLY, Minn. — After returning as a part-time car sponsor in 2012, Dan Motter will return to the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series full time next season, fielding the Motter Motorsports No. 71m for driver Joey Saldana.
Saldana has driven for Kasey Kahne Motorsports in recent seasons but was released from the team at the end of 2012. Motter backed the No. 59 Leidig Motorsports machine wheeled by Jac Haudenschild during the latter portion of the year and got the itch to return full time.
“We are thrilled to return to this series with Joey Saldana as our driver,” said Motter, president of Motter Equipment Inc. “We are building a new team with all new equipment, but with very experienced players. Joey’s resume speaks for itself. He is a proven winner on and off the track.
“He has a great personality that makes him a fan favorite and he is a great spokesman for any corporate sponsor. He also has a very nice family that supports and encourages him.”
Saldana, meanwhile, is elated with the new opportunity.
“I have had seven great years driving sprint cars for Kasey Kahne Racing,” said Saldana. “We won a lot of races together and had much success. But I feel like driving for Dan Motter and Motter Motorsports is the best opportunity I have ever had in my career. I have more involvement with this team and more input into every aspect of what we are using for the race cars and engines.
“I am in the best physical condition I have ever been in, and I feel like we can do great things together. I’m very excited to get started.”
Davey Whitworth has been named crew chief of the Motter Motorsports team. Whitworth, 53, brings a wealth of experience and success having turned wrenches for some of the top names in the sport.
Whitworth and Saldana teamed up in 2002 when Whitworth tuned Saldana to a $50,000 Kings Royal victory at Eldora Speedway. Together they won 10 World of Outlaw events and finished second in the standings.
Other crew members for the newly-formed Motter team include 10-year veteran Bob Curtis most recently with the Tony Stewart Racing team, and Sean Strausbaugh who worked for Daryn Pittman for the past three seasons in the Pennsylvania sprint car arena.
Motter Motorsports will field Eagle chassis built in Lincoln, Neb., powered by engines built by Speedway Engine Development, Inc. in Indianapolis, Ind.
“We expect to be competitive right out of the gate at the season opener at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. on Feb. 15,” continued team owner Motter.
“I believe with the team of people we have assembled, we will be in a good place to contend for a championship as the 2013 season gets under way. Time will tell, but we are looking forward to the challenge. We have a great deal of work to do before the first race.”