JENISON, Mich. – As work continues inside the new 10,000 square foot race shops located within Boyne Machine Racing in preparation for the 2014 racing season, driver Ross Kenseth and crew chief Kelly Bires continue to settle into their new residence in West Michigan while doing what they do best; Take care of racecars.
On the business side of things, car owner Mike Blackmer is busy as well. As the new season gets closer and closer, Blackmer has been working on what decals will adorn the side of the veteran car owners machine and Enterprise Iron & Metal and Owner Jason Emanuel, a long-time short track racing sponsor and supporter, has climbed on board with Blackmer, Kenseth and Bires for the upcoming campaign as a partner within Boyne Machine Racing.
“We’re really excited to have Enterprise Iron & Metal on board with us,” Blackmer said. “Jason (Emanuel) and his company have been involved with short track racing for a long time. He has supported drivers at Berlin (Raceway) in the past like Tim DeVos, Terry Senneker Jr., and many more and we’re really thrilled to have Enterprise partner up with us in a bigger role. We joined up at the 2013 Kalamazoo Klash and it’s been a really good relationship. We both have the same goal in mind, and that is to get Ross up to the next level.”
Enterprise Iron & Metal is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan has been in business since 1981 and is a buyer of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The Metal Recycling Company pays top dollar for all types of scrap metals and is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Grand Rapids and a short distance from highway U.S. 131 on 850 Pannell Ave Northwest in Grand Rapids.
In addition to the Enterprise Iron & Metal partnership, two more sponsors have jumped on board as Draco Springs and Penske Racing Shocks will also support the team in 2014.
Draco Spring is the global leader in spring manufacturing. A family owned and operated business since 1969, Draco has become one of the largest spring manufacturers in the world. Draco Spring has the capability to produce most every type of spring, wire form and metal stamping- specializing in short run, Rush Deliveries. From the Lunar rover and space shuttle, to the oilfields and stock cars, Draco supplies springs to over 100 different markets.
Since 1988, Penske Racing Shocks has grown to 30 employees at the main headquarters. They are diversified to support competitors in every discipline and level in professional motorsport worldwide. These include Formula One, NASCAR, IRL, ALMS, Grand-Am, AMA, Short Track, NHRA, IHRA, SCCA, Australian Touring Cars, BTCC, Moto GP, and many more.
Penske Racing Shocks maintains a fleet of full-time race support vehicles and an at-race technical support staff in all professional series. An extensive worldwide network has helped with growth and PRS now has six distributors on four continents, including one distributorship in Brooklyn, Michigan. Unmatched customer support combined with the best products and innovation allows Penske to enjoy a loyal customer base in all levels of professional motorsport and beyond.
The 2014 season will be Kenseth’s first full season driving the familiar Boyne No. 77. He’ll begin the racing season during 2014 Speedweeks by racing at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., during the 48th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing Feb. 14-22.
“It’s exciting being able to finally be able to go to New Smyrna. It’s been a track I’ve heard a lot of good things about and have been wanting to race at for quite a while,” said Kenseth. “I’m looking forward to getting down there and racing basically every day. Running all seven nights can be tough on equipment, but if we can keep our nose clean I don’t see why we can’t be there to contend for wins which is always our goal going to the race track.”
After Speedweeks, Kenseth’s 2014 racing schedule will also include several appearances within the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS as well as the ARCA Midwest Tour and a couple of events within the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance. In addition, Kenseth also looks to make select appearances in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East later in the year.
“I’m really excited about this new page of my racing career. I really appreciate Mike (Blackmer) for giving me the opportunity to come up to Michigan and race,” Kenseth said. “I appreciate every opportunity that has come my way in my career up to this point and this move is a new chapter in the book of my racing career.”