Heritage Back Sponsor Coming
July 19, 2001 | 12:00 A.M. EST
What was expected to be a layoff of three races for Heritage Motorsports has turned into just one. The team, with Jeff Ward at the wheel, returns to the Indy Racing Northern Light Series this weekend for the sold-out Harrah’s Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. In addition, the team has found a major sponsor for the rest of the season.
“Getting back on the track as soon as possible is best for everyone on the team,” said John Mecom III, co-owner of Heritage Motorsports. “It was a disappointment to have to miss the Kansas race, but that was the right move for the team at that time.
“Sometimes you need to take one step back to get two steps forward, and that is what we have done with this short break. We will continue to make the necessary adjustments needed to achieve our long-term goals.
“We’re fortunate to find the financial backing at this time that we need to run competitively. We have not altered our original plan, which is to build a model open-wheel organization.”
Ward is 10th in the IRNLS points standings despite missing the inaugural race in Kansas City, Kan., on July 8. Ward has driven the team’s No. 35 G Force-Aurora to one Top 5 and four top-10 finishes. He also earned the pole at Homestead.
Details of the team’s newfound sponsorship were not revealed, but Mecom said the team will announce the details next week.