From Tracy Hines Racing
New Castle, Ind.—Nov. 27, 2012— In a sport where sponsorships and partnerships are often measured on a race-to-race or week-to-week basis, Tracy Hines has enjoyed a very fruitful and successful relationship over the past three years with Calderwood Racing and the family’s MP Environmental business gracing the side of the No. 4 sprint car that he has campaigned with the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series.
Long-time open wheel support Dave Calderwood, the late owner of Calderwood Racing was much more than just a team owner and sponsor, as he and Hines were very close friends. Following Mr. Calderwood’s passing at the age of 69 on April 28, 2012, operation of the race team was assumed by his son Rex. Upon completion of the 2012 racing season, the Calderwood family made the tough decision to step away from team ownership to put more focus and energy on their MP Environmental business. MP Environmental will remain a sponsor of Tracy Hines Racing moving forward in a lesser capacity.
Hines teamed up with Calderwood and MP Environmental in 2010, and over the next three years the combination would finish fifth, fifth and fourth in the season standings with the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series. Hines picked up his first win driving for Calderwood on April 16, 2010 at Gas City I-69 Speedway in Indiana, in a USAC event. Hines, the 2002 USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car champion, earned five wins with the series over the past three seasons with the Calderwood team and over 60 Top-10 finishes.
“It had been 10 years since I ran for the Calderwood family, but we had always kept in touch,” said Hines, when reflecting on his pairing with Dave Calderwood. “I’m just really thankful for getting to spend the last three years with Dave. He loved this sport as much as I do and I am really fortunate to have gotten to share that with him again.”
Hines wrapped up the 2012 USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series season aboard the No. 4 MP Environmental DRC fourth in points, on the strength of a pair of wins, along with 23 Top-10 finishes, of which 13 were Top-Five performances. Following the completion of the USAC season, Hines also raced in the Western World championships at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz., finishing second on the opening night and third in the finale aboard an MP Environmental-backed entry.
Tracy Hines and his entire team would like to extend their deepest and most sincere thanks, gratitude and appreciation for all that Dave Calderwood and the entire Calderwood family has done for them over the last three years.