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Randy Moss Ready To Try A Different Kind Of Competitive Passing
Catching passes has made Randy Moss famous. Now he hopes to build his own team intent on making passes.
Tuesday the New England Patriots wide receiver announced the formation of Moss Motorsports, which is expected to compete in the Craftsman Truck Series, possibly as early as this season. Moss expect the team to be running full-time for the 2009 season.
"We don't have all of the details in place just yet, but I am very excited about Moss Motorsports becoming a part of NASCAR," Moss said.
"I am by nature a very competitive person and this is an outlet for me to compete at another level. There are some pretty awesome challenges in building a program like this from the ground up, but I am looking forward to it. That's just another aspect of the competition - you want to find the best people available and you're competing with all the other teams out there. We're starting to look at who the best people are and working on getting them to be a part of our team." Moss, a 10-year NFL veteran, expects to announce sponsors and a manufacturer alignment in coming weeks.
"There are a lot of NASCAR fans in the locker room," Moss said. "We've seen a lot of football players get involved - guys like Dan Marino and Troy Aikman to name a couple. I think it's a good fit and gives some of the companies I am already working with an additional outlet. It's a smart move on the marketing side of things but on the personal side of things I think it's going to be a lot of fun."
"We know it takes time to build a team from the ground up, and we have some good people working with us to get that process started. "We are talking to the manufacturers, and we're already evaluating some drivers. Eventually I'd like to be able to have our team work with some of the young guys that are working hard to make it up the ladder, but right now it might make more sense to find a driver with a lot of experience to get us started. But we really don't have anyone in mind. We'll look at who is available and find someone that can help us compete and win as quickly as we can."
Just a follow up to this story some 15 months later. Randy did indeed buy 50% of a race team and renamed it Randy Moss Motorsports. 2009 is the teams first full year in the Nascar Truck series, and he has done much of what the article says. His team signed veteren driver Mike Skinner, one of the bigger names in the series. Currently (at about the half way point), Skinner is 3rd in the point standings, with one win under his belt. A second truck is driven by a young & little known kid named Tayler Malsam. Malsam is currently 7th in the points, and is leading all rookies by a healthy margin.
A pretty solid job for such a new team. Hopefully in a couple of years Moss' team will jump up to the Nationwide series, which is the final step before racing with the big boys in Nextel.
Those are Randy Moss quotes?