In a fresh announcement today from the team that is hot off of a 1-3 finish in round 2 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the Daytona Short Track II on March 14, 3-Time AMA Grand National Championship-winning team Zanotti Racing has signed Top 1 Oil as one of their leading sponsors for the 2014 season.
With new signee Kenny Coolbeth, Jr. taking his first short track win at Daytona last week since the indoor short track round in DuQuoin back in April 2011, and first full-year man and 2-time Grand National race winner Stevie Bonsey bringing home a solid 3rd-place finish, the Zanotti squad is off to a roaring start to the new season ahead. And with the bulk of the series coming up being in the Twins Series division, the racing is bound to get even hotter and heavier than what we saw in Daytona last weekend (which was pretty darn hot!)
In the shot above from round 8 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season at the Indy Mile on August 17, the Zanotti team goes about getting rider Stevie Bonsey's #80 Zanotti Racing/RGR/Arai-sponsored XR-750s set for the first round of practice coming up at the Indiana State Fairgrounds-hosted event held over the last weekend of the Indiana State Fair and the big 6th Annual Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP event being held a few miles down the road at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Former crew chief Ted McDermitt, team owner Dave Zanotti and man on point Wayne Karcich can be seen in the background, while rider Bonsey and rider/coach and 7-Time AMA Grand National Champion Chris Carr relax before The Rolling Thunder Show takes to the track.
With now two riders under his umbrella to take care of after fielding a single-rider team for the last several seasons, team owner Zanotti now has twice the output in order to field what is always a competitive effort in the series, and with Top 1 Oil coming on board to help out, this should help to ease a little bit of the financial burden for one of the most dedicated team owners in the sport.
A big congrats to all of the guys on Team Zanotti, as we're looking forward to chatting them up some more come the Springfield Mile I round on May 25, and this is great news for these guys! Check out their full press release below to see all of the particulars as we all weather the break in racing between Daytona last week and the Memorial Day weekend kick off to what is truly the full racing season ahead.
Press release courtesy of the Zanotti Racing team, 3-Time AMA Grand National Champions