Before the race at Watkins Glen, Boris Said said that he parted ways with the no. 26 Latitude 43 Motorsports team because team owner Bill Jenkins -- no relation to Front Row Motorsports team owner Bob Jenkins -- owed him money.
After Said drove the first four races for the team (and Sonoma), the team hired David Stremme, and Stremme said Monday on Sirius Speedway that he too has left the team over, you guessed it, lack of payment.
Asked if he is owed money by Latitude 43, Stremme said, “There are obligations to both me and the team that have not been met, and that was a big part of my decision to leave. I don’t want to be involved with something like that. I dealt with (Jenkins) with respect, and was straightforward with him at all times. I didn’t get that in return.”
Things had gotten so bad for the team -- which is out of the top 35 and must qualify on time -- that Stremme said that he wasn't sure if the team was going to have tires to race on at Pocono.
Jenkins didn't address the issues that Said and Stremme raised, and issued the cursory statement wishing Stremme well in his future endeavors.
Patrick Carpentier was in the car at Watkins Glen and finished 21st and will be in the car again this weekend. If what Stremme and Said is true -- and given that both of them have gone public about it, there's no reason not to believe them -- then I hope Carpentier asked for his money up front.
- Bob Jenkins
- Front Row Motorsports