PENGILLY, Minn. — official team release — Motter Motorsports photo —
The future of Dan Motter’s family-owned World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series team is currently in doubt, after the veteran team owner announced that his organization will need corporate sponsorship in order to continue full-time in the series for 2016.
“Let me make one thing clear — my passion has always been to field a sprint car team and campaign for the World of Outlaws championship and nothing has changed in that regard,” Motter said. “But until we find a major sponsor, it is unrealistic to think that we can continue after Charlotte. We have been very fortunate to have had support from HE&M Saw and Beltline Body Shop. These folks have become part of our family and they are as vested in the success of this team as I am.”
“We are currently working with potential corporate sponsors, and even if we don’t have a signed contract by the end of the Charlotte event, we won’t quit looking.”
Motter revived his race team after a 15-year hiatus ahead of the 2013 season, signing Joey Saldana to drive for him when the perennial feature winner became available from Kasey Kahne Racing. The partnership immediately blossomed into a successful one, and has won 10 World of Outlaws features since the 2013 season.
This season, Saldana has two victories at the wheel of the Motter No. 71M to go along with a tour-best 16 fast qualifying efforts. He currently sits in the middle of a heated battle for third in the final WoO points, with 78 points separating third from sixth (where he currently sits) ahead of the Bad Boy Buggies World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte, Nov. 6-7.
“Our plan after Charlotte will be business as usual,” Motter added. “We will bring the transporter and equipment back to home base here in Minnesota and perform maintenance as if we were going to run in 2016. Joey has expressed his desire to stay with the team, but realistically we understand if another offer comes his way, he needs to take care of his family.”
“Our personal business, Motter Equipment, which supplies new, used and reconditioned parts to the mining industry, has been affected greatly by decline in the mining industry over the past three years. Mineral prices including coal, gold, silver, copper, iron ore, etc. are at 10 year lows and it has had a devastating effect on both equipment manufacturers and dealers like ourselves. With such a drastic change in the industry, our business can’t finance the lion’s share of the cost of running the team.”
“I know there are many teams across the motorsports board that are in this same predicament. The cost of fielding a top World of Outlaw team is very expensive, and corporate sponsorship becomes a necessary part of being competitive. I have faith that we will be able to put a program together and hopefully something will gel soon so that Joey and I can continue to race. Neither of us have lost our desire.”
CREDIT: Motter Motorsports