TEAM MER Announce Driver Line-Up For 2007 Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship
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Team MER (Motorsport Enterprises Racing) released today the Tentative driver line-up for the 2007 SCCA Pro Racing Sirius Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup Series presented by Hankook.

During the 2006 season, the team scored several victories as well as taking home the Driver's Championship with driver, Jim Daniels. Team MER also collected the Championship runner-up position with Jason Saini and tied for 4th in the Championship hunt with Deborah Loth. For the 2007 championship season, Team MER returns both Saini and Loth to the squad, but also add veteran racer, Forest Barber and 2006 Grand Am Cup GS Champion, Anders Hainer.

It is great to have both Jason and Deborah back for 2007, said Shannon McMasters, majority owner of MER. We are pretty proud to have both Anders and Forest in seats for this season as well. Anders is a proven winner and champion in Grand-Am competition and Forest has as much experience and success as anyone in the paddock in endurance racing. To have both a Grand-Am Champion and a Rolex 24-Hours winner joining the team is very exciting.

Saini carries great momentum into the 2007 season after winning the final event at Road America in 2006 and finishing runner-up in the final standings. The driver works full-time with the MER operation at their shop at Motorsport Ranch near Fort Worth, TX and is looking forward to another strong season ahead.

Last year was fantastic for such a young team, said Saini. We assembled all the right people needed to come out a winner and due to their expertise and effort, the results were there. Our team is hard at work to begin testing soon and give all of our drivers and customers everything they need to go for race wins and another Championship in 2007. I am looking forward to working with Deborah again as well as welcoming both Anders and Forest to the team.

After making the transition from winning SCCA Divisional Championships aboard a Dodge Viper, Loth easily showed the most improvement throughout the 2006 season, logging several top 10 finishes late in the season with a best finish of fourth at Road America that helped her win the 2006 Season Hard Charger Award at the year-end banquet. Loth, a Fort Worth, Texas native, took home a tie for fourth place in the Championship standings thanks to her consistency, finishing five of eight events in the top-10.

Barber, also a Fort Worth native, has a stacked resume in prototype and endurance racing. He co-drove with Terry Borcheller during the inaugural Rolex Daytona Prototype season in 2003, taking the owner's championship and helping Borcheller to the individual driver's championship. He and Borcheller teamed up to take second in the Grand Am Cup Series championship as well the same year. Barber then won the 2004 Rolex 24 Hours as a co-driver with Borcheller, Andy Pilgrim and Christian Fittipaldi and ran selected events in 2005 and 2006.
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