Cunningham Motorsports has announced that they will compete in 21 ARCA RE/MAX Series events in 2006 as part of a driver development program for Dodge Motorsports.
Under the program, the no. 4 Cunningham Motorsports ARCA RE/MAX Series entry will field Dodges powered with a combination of Evernham Motorsports and Ganassi Racing engines
Under the direction of Sharp, the team will utilize the driving talent of AJ Foyt IV, Scott Lagasse Jr. and Chase Miller. Besides serving as general manager of the no. 4 Cunningham Motorsports team, Sharp will also serve as co-crewchief.
Miller, an eighteen-year-old from Canton, Georgia, comes to the Cunningham operation directly from Dodge. He made his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut in 2005 with starts at Michigan, Gateway and Nashville. He is a veteran of the USAR Pro Cup Series, Southern All Star Late Model Series, Allison Legacy Series, Legend Cars and WKA go-karts.
The deal is based upon a successful 2005 program in which the team ran Dodge developmental drivers Ronnie Hornaday III, Roland Rehfeld, Steve Wallace and Skip McCord on a limited basis in addition to the team’s other drivers. The 2006 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge Driver Development program builds on that past success, extending the partnership to 21 races in 2006.
“I’m appreciative of the opportunity that Dodge has given us,” said Eddie Sharp, the team’s general manager. “Dodge believes in us and felt that the ARCA RE/MAX Series was the perfect avenue to help expand the abilities of an already talented group of drivers. We, in turn, are proud to be able to help play a role in ARCA by contributing to its growth. This program will undoubtedly help the series grow.”
St. Augustine, Florida’s Lagasse Jr is part of Ganassi Racing’s driver development plans and is a former ASA competitor that has also competed in the Florida Sunbelt Late Model Series, Modifieds, go-karts and motorcross. His father, Scott Lagasse Sr, is a veteran of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, ARCA, ASA, SCCA, and IMSA competition. Lagasse's father Scott Lagasse Sr posted one ARCA RE/MAX Series victory in his career through the streets of Des Moines, Iowa in 1994.
Foyt IV, the 21-year-old grandson of AJ Foyt Jr, is a veteran of both open wheel and stock car auto racing. He joins the
Cunningham Motorsports operation as part of a driver development program for Evernham Motorsports. The Texas native is the youngest driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500 (19), and has competed in the IRL Indy Car Series and the NASCAR Busch Series. He is the 2002 IRL Infiniti Pro Series champion and the 2001 southwest region SCCA Formula Continental Series champion. Foyt IV has also competed in junior dragsters and go-karts.
Cunningham Motorsports debuts their 2006 Dodge driver development program at Daytona International Speedway on February 11th with the Daytona ARCA RE/MAX 200. Tickets are available by contacting Daytona International Speedway.
Chase Miller will be one of the ARCA Dodge Development Drivers that will race with Cunningham Motorsports. (51 Photo)
Former ASA winner Scott Lagasse Jr. will also be a part of the Dodge deal. (High Sierra Photo)