Stringer Motorsports was started by Doug Stringer in 2007. Stringer, a veteran in the industry, has worked various parts of the motorsports industry. From building modifieds and late-models from the ground up to working as lead mechanic on Funny Cars to working on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, Stringer is as experienced and knowledgeable as they come.
After working with successful programs like Atkins Motorsports and Braun Racing, Stringer began to foster his relationships with sponsors and drivers in the industry. To establish the Stringer Motorsports name, Stringer stepped out on his own to start an ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards team sponsored by Great Clips.
Stringer, who had a relationship with Great Clips from his days working with Kasey Kahne, continued his history with Great Clips as a sponsor. The Great Clips ride was driven by Gabi Dicarlo, one of only a handful of female drivers in the sport, DiCarlo showed tremendous potential by finishing 11th in the championship point standings in her rookie season. Over the last couple of years, Stringer and Great Clips have worked hard to help in the progress of DiCarlo’s racing career.
The 2009 season was another stepping stone for Stringer Motorsports as they moved DiCarlo through the ranks of NASCAR by fielding a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. Stringer Motorsports continued to run an entry in a limited number of ARCA Racing Series races.
For the 2010 season, Brad Sweet will run an abbreviated NCWTS schedule with Stringer Motorsports. Kahne brought Sweet, a 24-year-old from Grass Valley, Calif., to the attention of Stringer as an up-and-coming driver and open wheel sensation. Sweet will continue to be mentored by Kahne as he makes the transition from open wheel to stock car, just as Kahne did seven years ago.
Stringer Motorsports also welcomes champion crew chief “Trip” Bruce to lead Sweet’s entrance into the NCWTS. Trip has worked for some of the most successful organizations in the industry and will bring knowledge and experience to the Stringer Motorsports team.
Doug Stringer, owner of Stringer Motorsports, began his involvement in racing as child in Illinois. Stringer helped his father build cars that competed on various tracks throughout the Midwest, and as he grew up, his passion for motorsports also flourished.
To get his start in the industry, Stringer built modifieds and late-models from the ground up for local competitions in the Midwest. His career quickly progressed, and he soon went on to become the lead mechanic and general manager for Jim Epler’s Roy Doctor Funny Car—the first Funny Car to run at 300 mph.
Following his stint with Funny Cars, Stringer got involved in NASCAR and formed his own NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team with drivers Bob Schact and Jim Brown. Stringer later worked with CART/IRL teams and drivers Johnny Unser, Dennis Vitolo, Lynn St. James and Racin Gardner.
In 1998, Akins Motorsports recruited Stringer to take on the role of general manager for its NASCAR Nationwide Series program. In the GM position, Stringer managed the day-to-day operations of the team—everything from oversee the personnel to ordering parts to marinating the team budget. His strong suit, however, was securing sponsorship. In 2000, Stringer landed Minneapolis-based Great Clips Inc. as primary sponsor of the No. 38 team. Nine years later, the Great Clips logo still adorns the hood of Stringer Motorsports’ cars.
Early in the sponsorship, Great Clips represented the car of Christian Elder. Changes came in 2004 when Stringer recruited Kasey Kahne to drive the No. 38 Great Clips car. The partnership proved to be successful from the start as both team and sponsor reaped benefits. Kahne captured 14 top-10 finishes, three poles and a win. The season-finale win at Homestead-Miami Speedway was the first win for Great Clips.
Stringer took over ownership of the race team in 2005 and continued to find success with Great Clips and a number of drivers. The next season, Stringer partnered with Todd Braun, owner of Braun Racing team, and pooled their resources and experience in the sport. Stringer and Braun began to build what is now the strongest and most successful Nationwide Series team. Long Beach, Cali., native, Jason Leffler was tapped to drive the No. 38 Great Clips entry with Braun Racing. Three years later, Leffler is still the face of the Great Clips Racing program.
In 2007, Stringer stepped out on his own to start an ARCA RE/MAX Series team sponsored by Great Clips with driver, Gabi DiCarlo. One of only a handful of female drivers in the sport, DiCarlo showed tremendous potential by finishing 11th in the championship point standings in her rookie season. Over the last couple of years, Stringer and Great Clips have worked hard to help in the progress of DiCarlo’s racing career.
In 2009, Stringer moved DiCarlo up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He also continued to run an entry in a limited number of ARCA Racing Series.
For the 2010 season, Stringer is looking forward to working with Brad Sweet and Great Clips in the NCWTS. Sweet, a 24-year old open-wheel sensation, is mentored by Kahne and hopes to bring Stringer success this season.