News came down today that Georgia driver Donald McIntosh will be leaving the Blount Motorsports team following the conclusion of the 2017 season.
In a press release issued by the team, McIntosh stated his desire to travel on a national tour. The Blount Motorsports teams is a regional team and has no plans to following a national tour. McIntosh discussed his options with BMS owner Larry Garner and decided to pursue his racing goals with an unnamed team in 2018.
“I really have enjoyed my three years at Blount Motorsports and hate to leave,” McIntosh said in the team press release. “But I am 24 years old and realize that as much as I would love to race for a living it is a long shot. With that in mind, I feel like I need to get out and travel more and race more of the big races and possibly race on a national tour while I still can. I think that the three years I have spent with Blount have been beneficial for both myself and the team. We raced a lot, accomplished a lot and we all learned a lot.”
McIntosh joined the team as in iterim driver at the end of the 2014 season and has spent the last three seasons piloting the primary car for BMS. Tommy Kerr is the other BMS driver that runs a limited schedule. During those three years, McIntosh won 17 races, claimed the Spring Nationals title twice, and the Southern Nationals Bonus Series title last season.
BMS crew chief David Bryant had nothing but good things to say about McIntosh.
“As a team, we have been successful in a large part because we have stuck to our plan to be a regional racing team, racing where we can do the best job for our sponsors, have Larry (Garner) be able to watch his cars race, to spend the majority of night’s sleeping in our own bed while staying within budget,” Bryant said in the release. “There is no way we can accomplish all those things running up and down the road going to big races and that is what Donald wants to do.”
“Donald feels that if he wants to travel more and race the bigger races he has to do it now and more power to him. Donald is a good kid. He did us a good job and I wish him all the luck in the world.”
The team will begin looking for a replacement driver for Mcintosh for the 2018 season. McIntosh will finish out the 2017 season with BMS.