LONG ISLAND MOTORSPORTS ANNOUNCES
MIKE ANDREWS JR. AS 2008 DRIVER
Long Island Motorsports, out of Mattituck, NY, announced today that Mike
Andrews Jr. will be the driver of the #3 NASCAR Modified for the 2008
season. Long Island Motorsports owners, Joey and Debbie Ambrose, have
owned a modified team for many years and feel that Mike will be the
person to give them a shot at the Riverhead Modified Championship in
2008 and a few wins on some outside ventures the team has planned. Mike,
a past go kart champ, Riverhead Raceway modified driver and NASCAR
Whelen Modified Tour driver has the same feelings toward the 2008 season
with this potent team. Adding into the formula is a new co-crew chief,
Sean Collins, for the #3 modified race team, which just puts the icing
on the cake.
Joey got into the racing scene back in 1986 when, while
building a home for a Riverhead racer, got an offer for a modified in
lieu of some money towards the job. Joey took the car and Long Island
Motorsports began. Since that time, Long Island Motorsports have had
many drivers but could never get a good rhythm going to take the elusive
Riverhead Raceway modified championship. With last years driver buying a
modified himself, Long Island Motorsports was in need of a driver for
2008. Andrews has known Joey and Debbie for a long time
as Mike's mom
and Debbie have worked together and have been friends for some time.
Mike has had a few opportunities to drive for Long Island Motorsports in
the past but something always seemed to get in the way, including
getting a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour ride in the potent #36 of Ed
Whelen. That ride was short lived as Ed secured Ted Christopher, who had
lost his ride, and Mike stepped aside to let TC into the main car. Mike
returned to Riverhead Raceway in his own modified, self run, and a few
WMT events for Ed but could not finance the modified operation any
longer and ended up selling his Riverhead car to Dave Sapienza who had
totaled his own modified at Riverhead.
The situation now just fell in place. Long Island
Motorsports, with 3 NASCAR modifieds in their stable, needed a driver
and with Mike anxious for a ride, it seems like this was meant to be.
With Mike not having to maintain and fund the team alone, he can
concentrate of what he does best, DRIVE. And with the
knowledge of Joey Ambrose and Sean Collins coming on board, this team will
definitely be a team to be reckoned with at Riverhead Raceway, or
anywhere for that matter. The team hopes to also venture to Lee,
Mountain, a few possible Whelen Tour shows and whatever can fit into
their schedule financially.
The 2008 team will consist of Mike as the driver, Joey and Sean as
co-crew chiefs and Jay Collins, Peter Orloski and Jim Walsh on the pit
crew. Sponsors of the NASCAR modified #3 consist of Jessup Landscaping,
Tower Fasteners, B&K Precision and Sunoco Fuels. The team is also
looking for associate sponsors to expand their season to outside venues.
Mike would like to express his appreciation to Joey and
Debbie for giving him this opportunity to drive. "These two people are
the greatest and I want to thank them for everything they are doing for
me" states Mike. Mike would also, once again, like to thank his father
for everything he has done to get him to this point. "I would not be
where I am today without all my father's commitment in my racing
efforts". Mike's father saw he had great potential, so he originally
fielded the modified team just to help Mike get his dream fulfilled
before he eventually moved to Florida.
So keep a close eye on the Long Island Motorsports #3 NASCAR
modified team in 2008. They will definitely be a threat where ever they
unload their car. Anyone interested in being a part of this team in any
way, you may contact Mike anytime at 631.300.8059 for information.