INDIANAPOLIS — Clauson-Marshall Racing announced Thursday at the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis that the team will chase the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series championship with veteran driver Tyler Courtney next season.
In addition, CMR revealed that NASCAR star Ryan Newman will join the team in an ownership capacity.
Tyler Courtney, USAC’s most improved driver in 2017, moves over to the CMR-Newman ride following a successful two-year run with TOPP Motorsports, in which they teamed up for six USAC National Sprint Car feature wins. CMR was also the home for Courtney’s first three career USAC National Midget victories.
For 2018, CMR’s home is where Courtney’s heart lies in the sprint car as well.
“It’s an opportunity I felt like I couldn’t pass up with the people who are going to be involved,” Courtney said. “I don’t want to have any regrets ten years down the road for not doing it. I talked to a lot of people who helped me make this decision. They all said to go with my heart. My heart is staying right here at Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing.”
The realization of having both Clauson-Marshall and Newman at his back for the upcoming season has Courtney elated.
“It’s pretty dang cool,” Courtney said. “The fact that Ryan wants to come back and support a USAC team is really special. The fact they wanted to do this with a kid like me is even cooler. I get to work with Tim, who’s been a part of my career basically since it started. It’s such a big comfort level over here. They’ve got everything to go for a championship.”
Clauson-Marshall Racing made its initial on-track appearance late in 2016 and quickly became a force on the USAC National Midget trail this year, picking up five wins.
However, in addition to the midget program, team owner Tim Clauson desired an eventual expansion of the team to USAC’s AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series.
“Ever since Bryan and I won the 2012 USAC Sprint Car Championship, I have had a passion to get back to chasing another title,” team owner Tim Clauson said. “Richard and I had discussed the prospect and I think we both knew at some point it would be a part of Clauson/Marshall Racing, but we both thought we were a few years away.”
“Building a championship team takes a lot of moving pieces and, when Ryan expressed interest in being involved, it accelerated the conversation and the pieces started to fall into place. The key piece to the puzzle was making sure we had the driver we wanted and, when Tyler Courtney became available, it became inevitable that we would put something together.”
Clauson-Marshall Racing’s debut with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car series will be Feb. 15-17 during the annual Winter Dirt Games at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.
CREDIT: USAC Media