MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 3, 2016) – To position themselves as the preeminent development organization in NASCAR for up-and-coming drivers, MDM-Hillman Racing has partnered with Lorin Ranier to form a new entity, Ranier Racing with MDM.
The team will field multiple entries in select NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and ARCA Racing Series events throughout the 2016 season.
“We are excited to be joining forces with Lorin in this venture to strengthen our team,” said Matt Miller. “The experience, knowledge and driver development expertise that he brings to our organization is unparalleled in the industry.”
“This is a great opportunity to bring the Ranier Racing legacy into the modern era,” said Ranier, “Over the last several months, we’ve worked hard to assemble some of the freshest driving talent and accomplished competition personnel in stock car racing. It’s exciting to see it all come together and we’re eager to get the season started.”
Mark McFarland, who joined the organization during the off-season as a partner in MDM-Hillman, will lead the team’s Competition Department. McFarland spent the past two years at HScott Motorsports, where he guided 16-year-old Ben Rhodes to the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship.
Championship crew chief Mardy Lindley has also joined the team. Lindley led driver Dylan Kwasniewski to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Championship in 2013.
Veteran NASCAR Camping World Truck and K&N Pro Series East crew chief Doug Howe rounds out the team’s key personnel hires.
Ranier Racing with MDM will operate their teams from MDM-Hillman’s existing 22,000-square foot shop in Mooresville.
About MDM-Hillman Racing:
MDM-Hillman Racing was established as a joint partnership between NASCAR veteran Mike Hillman and Virginia businessmen Doug Fuller and Matt Miller at the start of 2015 to develop young talent aspiring to reach the top ranks of NASCAR competition and fielded two cars – the Nos. 40 and 41 Chevrolets – in multiple NASCAR K&N Pro Series events throughout the 2015 season.
About Ranier Racing:
Ranier Racing was established in 1952 by H.B. Ranier. The team fielded entries in the ARCA series and in NASCAR. Made famous by H.B. Ranier’s son and Lorin’s father, Harry Ranier in the 1970s and 1980s, Ranier Racing won 24 NASCAR Cup Series races including 3 Daytona 500s and fielded cars for drivers Lennie Pond, Buddy Baker, Benny Parsons, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Davey Allison and Tony Stewart. After Harry Ranier’s passing in 1999, Lorin Ranier continued the family business and remained in the sport as a Consultant, Spotter and Driver Development expert in the industry.