Team MER Prepared For Houston Grand Prix
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Team MER (Motorsport Enterprises Racing) have announced the driver line-up for the opening round of the Sirius Satellite Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship this weekend. The 2006 championship winning team will enter five cars for the Houston Grand Prix including '06 series runner-up, Jason Saini.

Joining Saini will be several new drivers to the team including former Daytona 24-Hour champion, Forest Barber, 2006 SCCA SpecMiata National Champion, Andrew Caddell, Spec Racer Ford frontrunner, Rick Bellew and 16-year-old, Brett Smrz, a multi-time national karting champion. Yet another car is prepared and a driver for the car is to be decided.

The team has been working around the clock preparing cars for this event, said Team MER principal, Shannon McMasters. We easily have one of the hardest working teams out there and we hope all the hard work pays off at the first race in Houston.

Though the 2006 season saw Team MER score several victories, the driver's championship with driver, Jim Daniels, and easily scoring team championship honors by following it up with the runner-up position with Saini and tied for 4th in the championship hunt with Deborah Loth, the team knows hard work is needed to maintain that level of success.

We have already been testing and things seem to be going well with the new cars, said Marc Miller, driver coach and team rep for Team MER. We have several new drivers to the series, which will be a challenge, but the cars are so responsive and fun to drive that it has made the transition easier. We have been pouring over data for weeks and should show very well in Houston and Atlanta.