SYDNEY – Monte Motorsports has announced that dual Australian and World Series sprint car champion James McFadden will he the driver of the Milwaukee Tools No. 17 Maxim/KRE Sprintcar during the 2016-2017 Australian race season.
“With the Australian racing season starting so much earlier each year and running all the way through till April I believe my team was missing out on opportunities to compete on the national scene,” explained team owner Luch Monte. “I have therefore decided to put a talented Australian driver in my car.
“When James McFadden became available he was a perfect fit for our team as it allows me the opportunity to field a car for the Australian Sprintcar Championship for the first time since 2012. I have five Annual Sprintcar Classic crowns, Australian Opens, a Krikke Boys Shootout, a 360 Australian Championship, multiple $50,000-to-win races along with many other major race victories as a team owner. But this year I want to also chase the Australia No. 1. I can now do that with James.”
Going forward Monte Motorsports will be focused on generating more exposure across the country for Milwaukee Tools, and an extended race schedule this season allows the team to do exactly that.
While corporate partner Milwaukee Tools Australia is delighted to welcome McFadden, Marketing Manager Marcus Monch was quick to convey his gratitude to former driver Kyle Hirst.
“Kyle has been an integral part of the train and a fantastic ambassador of the Milwaukee brand,” said Monch. “Kyle can certainly pedal a Sprintcar and Milwaukee will be forever grateful to him for bringing home the bacon at the Classic in 2015, a real highlight for everyone in the team. He is really well liked by the fans and fellow learns. He has a tireless work ethic and we wish hint all the best in the future.
“Milwaukee would like to welcome James McFadden to the Milwaukee/Monte Motorsports team, James is a professional who will complement the team and he a huge asset to achieving further success, Milwaukee view James as the present and the future of speedway in Australia, and we are really excited to see what he can bring lo what will be an extended racing season for the team. We have admired James from afar for quite some time and know that this his local knowledge will only make our outfit stronger.”
McFadden, who is currently in America racing, was happy to share his thoughts on this momentous change in his career.
“Monte Motorsports is the benchmark of teams in professionalism and that’s wham attracted me,” McFadden said. “For my future its the best move as I can gel more into the corporate side of things. With Milwaukee Tools being partnered with Monte Motorsports I’m hoping to understand that better and improve my professional exposure. This twin is the benchmark in presentation and their race car is fast as well, so that helps. Luch has been around a long time and he’s done well by all his drivers in his cars so job security is there, plus I get along really well with Crew Chief Kim Haswell, so I think I can fit straight in there.”
CREDIT: Monte Motorsports