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Title: #32 Team closed after Homestead?
Post by: Cheryl on November 21, 2006, 03:41:07 PM
Rumor from Jayski:

"hearing that PPI Motorsports will close up shop after the 2006 season, that the pit crew has been hired by Michael Waltrip Racing and most of the team/crew at the shop has been laid off. Driver Travis Kvapil, as announced, will drive a Roush Racing Truck in 2007. Sponsor Tide is leaving after this season and word is that they will not be back in NASCAR as a sponsor.(11-18-2006)"

I'll be sad to see Tide leave NASCAR, but I guess they've been priced out of the market like GM Goodrich, Kodak and some others as primary sponsors.  That's just a shame...

But I am glad to see Travis get a ride.  I think he's a real nice guy and good driver who, unfortunately, has bounced around with a lot of really bad teams since winning his truck championship a few years ago.

Cheryl


Title: #32 Team closed after Homestead?
Post by: Desmond on November 21, 2006, 06:13:50 PM
I remember six years ago, when Cal Wells entered NASCAR.  With the Tide and McDonald's sponsorships and his long experience in off-road and Champ Car racing, some thought that this was the new "super team" in NASCAR.

But other than Ricky Craven's brief shining moments, nothing happened at PPI.  Scott Pruett and Andy Houston struggled, and in fact McDonald's left before the 2001 season ended.

And now it has come to this... :(


Title: #32 Team closed after Homestead?
Post by: Cheryl on November 21, 2006, 07:16:39 PM
Quote from: "Desmond"
I remember six years ago, when Cal Wells entered NASCAR.  With the Tide and McDonald's sponsorships and his long experience in off-road and Champ Car racing, some thought that this was the new "super team" in NASCAR.


Haha!  That's so funny you said "super-team"!  I certainly never thought of it that way.  I specifically remember the uproar on my other racing group (e-rasn) when Wells "stole" McDonalds from Bill Elliott and Tide from Ricky Rudd.  We were all up in arms writing Proctor and Gamble and swearing we'd never use their products or eat at McDonalds again.  I did switch from Tide after using it my whole life, which was a big deal for me.  But when Wells hired Ricky Craven (whom I always liked) for the 32 car, I switched back to Tide.   :lol:   I gave him credit for finally giving a very talented guy another chance in Cup, and Ricky proved it wasn't much of a gamble by quickly getting exciting wins at Martinsville and Darlington.  

But I don't know anyone who ever thought Wells' original drivers would set the world on fire (and they didn't).

Cheryl


Title: #32 Team closed after Homestead?
Post by: Desmond on November 22, 2006, 05:57:38 PM
Quote from: "Cheryl"
But I don't know anyone who ever thought Wells' original drivers would set the world on fire (and they didn't).


OK, so I exaggerated my description of PPI.  But Wells certainly had the marketing savvy and attracted some big money in the beginning.  But, to repeat, the investment didn't pay off eventually.