Cunningham Motorsports looks to 2016 with successful 2015 in rear view mirror

Cunningham Motorsports looks to 2016 with successful 2015 in rear view mirror

(TOLEDO, Ohio – November 11, 2015) – The No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports team had plenty of highlights in 2015. The No. 22 went to victory lane three times with three different drivers during the 2015 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season and will receive plenty of hardware and accolades at next month’s ARCA banquet.

“We had a very successful year,” said Kerry Scherer, who owns and operates the team along with Briggs Cunningham. “This is a very stable team with a great organization behind it.”

Kyle Weatherman was the primary driver of the No. 22 in 2015, starting 15 races, winning three Menards Pole Awards and winning on the road course at New Jersey. The team earned the Bill France Four Crown Award, the inaugural Calypso Lemonades Short Track Challenge and Weatherman was the SCOTT Rookie of the Year point leader. The No. 22 came up second in the final car owner point standings.

“We certainly owe Kyle and the other drivers to get behind the wheel of the No. 22 last year a lot,” Scherer said, also mentioning Trevor Bayne, Blake Jones and Josh Williams. “All of those drivers helped to make our season a success.”

Weatherman’s rookie of the year title is the fifth by Cunningham Motorsports in the last seven years.

“What is interesting about that is the two years we didn’t win the Rookie of the Year, we didn’t run for it,” Scherer sad. “The five years we did run for it, we won it. That’s a credit to this entire organization. It’s been steady over the years.

“I’ve been in driver development since 2001. We have 15 years of experience. I think we’ve proved our value by being able to take these young drivers and turn them into rookies of the year. We’ve been able to develop that talent.”

Bayne won from the pole at Pocono Raceway while the rookie Jones was a surprise winner at Talladega a couple of weeks before his high school graduation.

Scherer said the team is actively searching for drivers for 2016, especially in the No. 22 and No. 72 cars. Once the drivers are chosen, the team will put together its lineup by matching up veteran crew chiefs Paul Andrews and Chad Bryant with the drivers on the team.

“We are actively looking at this point,” Scherer said. “The organization is looking for a sponsored driver capable of running up front.”

Cunningham Motorsports will be part of the festivities on Dec. 12 at the Indiana Convention Center as ARCA holds its post-season banquet. The following month, the series will conduct its annual test at Daytona International Speedway on January 15-16. Daytona is the site of the 2016 season opener on February 13, 2016.

Interested parties should contact Paul Andrews at (704) 658-1171 or Kerry Scherer at (706)296-0882.

Comments
DrewP

It's a real shame not even mention Tom Hessert and the 77 team for the effort and success they had this past season contibuting to the Cunningham team's overall performance.. Tom always seems to be a steady influence on how the 22 and 72 run. If not for a couple of really bad breaks Tom would have finished much higher than 4th in the standings he is today. From my viewpoint  I am convinced he had Weatherman beat at my home track of NJMP, but laid off of him in the final go around. In any case, congratulations to the entire Cunningham Motorsports Team! See you in 2016.