American Flat Track: Turner Racing announces new rider lineup, sponsor – Roadracing World Magazine
Turner Racing announces lineup of Powerhouse drivers and partners for 2022
CUMMING, GA. (January 4, 2022) – Turner Racing is set to continue its sensational 2021 Progressive American Flat Track season with an even bigger and better recall in 2022. The team is delighted to announce that they have added Mission Foods as a new title partner alongside ‘American Honda and Progressive Insurance, which return for a second season.
This powerful lineup of partners under the official brand “Turner Racing Honda powered by Progressive and powered by Mission Foods” will support a whole new team of All-Star riders: 2019 Series Champion Dalton Gauthier, Eternal Leader Morgen Mischler and 2021 Nicky Hayden, AMA Flat Track Horizon Award winner, Chase Saathoff.
Gauthier – who returns to AFT’s singles service after two seasons aboard Twins – is one of the most recognizable names in the sport and is also widely regarded as one of his elite talents. He said: “I’m very happy to be back in AFT singles, especially with all the right equipment and people around me to win races and compete for a championship. It’s amazing to be in partnership with the guys from the Honda factory race. Honda is such a prestigious brand, it really is a dream come true to come to the team and work with these guys. They just want to win, and I love it.
Mischler has gradually become a fan favorite, both for his friendly nature in the paddock and for his unique and exciting driving style. After finishing third in the championship a year ago, Mischler is delighted to switch to factory support in 22. He said: “I can’t wait to take full advantage of the opportunity. I’m not listening to expectations, but my goal is to put the bike where it belongs.
Saathoff, 16, will make his highly anticipated professional debut after being previously identified as one of the sport’s future stars. He said: “Running for the Honda plant is an opportunity of a lifetime. I am very lucky to start my professional career with such a great team. My goals for my rookie season are to do a few Hands and maybe even get on the podium.
Bryan Bigelow returns as Racing Manager, and will be joined by three-time Grand National champion Kenny Coolbeth, who will take on the dual role of driver trainer and race day technician.
Team owner Mike Turner said, “Bryan’s role is an integral part of our program and we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without him leading our team. And the addition of Kenny Coolbeth is huge. As a former champion and team owner, Kenny brings a wealth of information and experience.
Coolbeth said: “I really think we have the best team. Everyone has the same goal, and it’s a great start.
Turner added, “When it comes to our partners, I personally use all three brands, which makes for a great relationship. I personally want to thank American Honda, Progressive Insurance, and Mission Foods for hopping on board, all for multi-year offers. The entire Turner Racing Honda team powered by Progressive and powered by Mission Foods is excited to launch the 2022 Progressive American Flat Track season. “