Sergio Pena, Brett Moffitt reunited with Andy Santerre on Hattori auto racing team

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 01, 2012, at 8:58 p.m.

Sergio Pena, who won three K and N Pro Series East races and finished fifth in points while driving for Revolution Racing and competition director Andy Santerre of Cherryfield, will rejoin Santerre with the Hattori Racing Enterprises team.

Santerre left Revolution Racing for the Hattori Racing Enterprises team and will assume a similar role.

“I feel real good about it,” said Santerre, who feels the 18-year-old Pena can compete for the series points championship. “Sergio is great to work with. He’s very appreciative of the opportunity he received at Revolution Racing. He will be back with [last year’s] crew chief Matt Goslant and I’m pretty excited about that.

“Sergio has done a great job the past two years. He has a real good attitude. He’s nice to everyone and he’s pretty popular among the fans, too.”

In addition, Santerre said Brett Moffitt, who finished third in the K and N Series a year ago, will drive a handful of races for Hattori, and they are hoping to obtain enough sponsorship to enable him to run the entire series.

Santerre used to be a crew chief for Moffitt in the K and N Series.

He is equally excited about having the 19-year-old Moffitt on board.

“He’s a great driver as well, and he’s also respectful and well-liked,” said Santerre.

Moffitt won three races a year ago to tie Pena and Revolution Racing driver Darrell Wallace Jr. for the most victories in the series.

Wallace has a six-race Nationwide Series deal with Joe Gibbs Racing this coming season.

Santerre Snowmobile Run Feb. 11

Wallace and Pena will join Santerre and former Revolution Racing teammate Michael Cherry for the eighth annual Andy Santerre charity Snowmobile Run on Feb. 11.

The run will begin at the Griffith Ford dealership in Caribou at 10 a.m. Participants will do a 100-mile loop that will include a stop for lunch at the Presque Isle Snowmobile Club.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

For those who don’t want to be involved in the ride, there will be a 3K walk/run that will begin at 9:45.

It will cost $30 for the snowmobile ride or the 3K walk/run.

Participants will receive an autographed hat from Santerre.

There also will be an autograph signing and happy hour beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Crow’s Nest restaurant in Presque Isle to be followed by a 6 p.m. dinner and 7:30 auction.

That will cost $25.

All proceeds will go to the Aroostook Mental Health Center and children who have been sexually abused.

“We have set a record every year. We raised $50,000 last year and we want to match that this year,” said Joe Chamberlain, who organizes the event with his wife, Lorraine, for Santerre.

They have raised $232,000 over the previous seven years.

Chamberlain said there are more than 150 different items for the auction, including NASCAR memorabilia, gift cards and tickets to the Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“There are some real good auction items,” said Santerre, who said the Joe Gibbs Racing team was extremely generous in donating items.

Snowmobilers must preregister by calling 498-6431 but runners/walkers can register on the day of the event.

Those wishing to see the schedule of events and some of the auction items can do so by visiting www.amhc.org.

Five entering Motorsports Hall

Harrison’s Glenn Andrews, Arundel’s Ray Leach, Auburn’s Bob Morris, Farmington’s Conrad Taylor and Waterboro’s Bob Turner will be inducted into the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame at a dinner/ceremony at the Augusta Civic Center on March 31.

Andrews was a consistent podium (top three) finisher on dirt and asphalt in his 20-year career and won the 1960 points championship at Northeastern Speedway in Vermont.

Leach’s 25-year race career began at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in 1960 and he won Modified and Class B Bomber championships at the Scarborough track.

Morris spent 30 years covering motorsports for New England Speedway Scene at the Sun Journal of Lewiston. He was also the show director for the Northeast Motorsports Expo and co-founded the Maine Vintage Race Car Association.

Taylor has spent nearly 50 years as a crew member, car chief and car owner. He won nine track championships and more than 60 races as crew chief and car owner for son Jeff at Oxford Plains Speedway.

Turner began racing at age 16 at Arundel Speedway and Hudson (N.H.) Speedway and ran NASCAR Modifieds. He raced at Beech Ridge for 20 years.

Two more individuals will be honored posthumously for their contributions to motorsports in Maine: Clifford Cyr and Roger Shaw. Cyr was involved in racing for 25 years as a car owner, chief mechanic and car builder, and Shaw drove to three track championships in a 15-year career: two at Beech Ridge and one at OPS.

Reserved seat tickets are $35 and must be purchased by March 1. To request a ticket order form, contact the Maine Vintage Race Car Association at 50 Beech Ridge Road, York 03909; by email at mvrca@mainevintageracecars.com, or visit the website.

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