Hillman departs Foyt Racing on eve of test
by Dave Rodman, Turner Sports Interactive
13 January 2003
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Mike Hillman, who worked most of the 2002 season at A.J. Foyt Racing, left the team Monday.
Team engineer Craig "Butch" Lamoreux, who had moved from Lewis Motorsports in the NASCAR Busch Series at the end of last season, will assume the crew chief's role Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway when rookie Winston Cup driver Larry Foyt opens a three-day test.
Hillman, 45, made the decision to leave and his future plans are unknown, a team spokesman said.
Lamoreux, 43, was driver Ashton Lewis' shop foreman and car chief in 2002. Previously, he had worked as a Busch Series crew chief at ST Motorsports and in the Winston Cup Series at Hendrick Motorsports and Petty Enterprises.
The Foyt team has been busy engineering a switch from Pontiacs to Dodge Intrepids for this season and will use engines from Evernham Motorsports.
The team has scheduled a news conference at Daytona, where it is expected Foyt will announce his son's plans to run for Rookie of the Year in 2003.