Team MER Readies For 2009 Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Debut
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CRESSON, TX (April 23, 2009) --- Team MER (Motorsport Enterprises Racing) looks to spend the 2009 season trying to continue their string of three consecutive championships in the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Series heading into the opening race at Road Atlanta next weekend. The team has entered seven drivers in "The Mitty" with a good mix of newcomers and veteran racers.

"We had an extremely strong team during the 2008 season and 2009 could easily rival the driving talent from last year," said team owner, Shannon McMasters. "The entire team has put a great deal of effort to provide all of our drivers with as much of a chance of winning races as possible. We hope the hard work in the off-season has paid off heading into the first race."

One staff member that will be making a debut behind the wheel is team engineer, Marc Miller. The driver has had an active role as lead engineer the past two seasons and will pilot the #28 Mazda Owners Club of America / RaceNowForAutism.org Mazda MX-5 while also continue to assist in the engineering and driver debrief roles. Miller spent time behind the wheel in 2008 of a Rotax-powered Birel racing kart, claiming the 2008 United States Rotax Max Championship. Three more promising rookie drivers join Team MER for 2009 as Nick Mancuso, Jeff Mosing and Zack Ply are signed on for the entire season.

Mancuso spent the 2008 season competing in the VW Jetta TDI Cup series. and was a co-driver in the E-1 class winning Team MER Mazda MX-5 at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. The driver was also elected the 2007 SCCA National Rookie of the Year after a bronze medal at the SCCA RunOffs.

Jeff Mosing joins MER with a background in shifterkart racing before spending a few seasons in SCCA and NASA competition. The Austin, TX native qualified 4th out of 60+ at the '08 NASA Championships in Spec Miata and co-drove to a 6th place finish in an E-1 prepared MER Mazda MX-5 at the 25-Hours of Thunderhill. Mosing and Miller share a common bond as both are fathers of an autistic child and will carry the RaceNowForAutism.org promotion during the 2009 season.

Zack Ply spent last season honing his craft in the SCCA FE championship (Formula Enterprises) as well as in RotaxMax kart racing. The driver from Joliet, IL finished a strong 2nd place at the 2008 SCCA June Sprint in the FE class, finished 6th in the RunOffs and wrapped up the season with an impressive 4th place finish in the Rotax DD2 class at the US Rotax Grand Nationals.
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