American Equipment Racing

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American Equipment Racing
Owner(s)Buz McCall
BaseCharlotte, North Carolina
SeriesTrans-Am
Winston Cup
Busch Series
Race driversScott Sharp, Jack Baldwin
Ward Burton, David Green
SponsorsHot Wheels, Sunoco
Caterpillar Inc.
ManufacturerChevrolet
Closed1998
Career
Drivers' Championships0
0
Race victories0
2

American Equipment Racing was a racing team that competed in the SCCA Trans-Am series in the 1980s and 1990s, and in the NASCAR Busch Grand National and Winston Cup Series during the mid-1990s.

Owned by Buz McCall, AER competed in IMSA sports-car racing and the Trans-Am series in the 1980s and early 1990s; the team won four consecutive Trans-Am championships with drivers Scott Sharp, Jack Baldwin, and Scott Pruett from 1991 to 1994.[1]

The team moved to NASCAR starting in 1994, competing in the Busch Grand National Series with Trans-Am Champion Jack Baldwin driving in two races, running the No. 95. Signing rookie driver John Tanner and sponsor Caterpillar Inc. for 1995, the team ran half of the 1995 season; Tanner was released after a handful of races and replaced for the majority of the team's races with Ward Burton. For 1996 AER signed 1994 Busch Series champion David Green to run for full-time in 1996. Finishing 2nd in series points,[2] Green and AER moved up to the Winston Cup Series in 1997, where after a difficult season Green finished 37th in points. After twelve races in 1998, Green was released by the team, and a variety of drivers, including Hut Stricklin and Steve Grissom, drove for the team to finish out the year; the team closed following the 1998 season.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Milian, Jorge (February 25, 1994). "Owner On 3-year Run Of Luck". Sun-Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale, FL. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  2. ^ "Buz McCall (owner) NASCAR Nationwide Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  3. ^ "Buz McCall (owner) NASCAR Sprint Cup Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-12-21.