JHM Signs Bransten Peavler for 2014
Indiana teenager aims high for upcoming season
Jim Howe Motorsports (Columbus, IN) announces the signing of Bransten Peavler, 14, to drive the team’s #62 Birel kart for the 2014 season with a tentative schedule of 17 races in the Junior Supercan class.
Peavler is the son of Charlie and Alisha Peavler of Alexandria (IN) and a freshman at Alexandria – Monroe High School where he sports a 3.3 GPA. His hobbies are bowling, racing, and hanging out with his friends and girlfriend. He is a native of Orestes, IN.
In his only season of kart racing (2013), Peavler had eight Junior Supercan starts with the Southern Indiana Racing Association. His top finish was a second-place run in the Hagerstown (IN) Grand Prix. He posted five top five finishes in 2013 and wound up fourth in the SIRA Junior Supercan championship standings, earning the club’s Junior Rookie of the Year award.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity with Jim Howe Motorsports and just can’t wait until 2014,” Peavler said. “I’m ready to learn and grow as a go-kart racer so I can go after some wins. I will have so much fun next year racing for Jim!”
“I’m very pleased to welcome Bransten to the team,” team owner Jim Howe said, “and look forward to making 2014 a very memorable season for him. He has a lot of talent that we hope to harness and refine in order to progress him to the next stage of his driving career.”
Peavler and JHM will run the full SIRA schedule in 2014 as well as selected races in the Tony Stewart Racing Series at the historic Whiteland (IN) Raceway Park road course and other races to be announced. He will pilot the team’s #62 Birel with Yamaha engines from Brian Seward and his BBS Race Engine Development shop. Sponsorships are currently being sought.
The team is seeking to fill its second seat for a matching #62 Birel in the Junior Sportsman ranks. JHM is looking for an individual, age 8-11, to be a teammate to Peavler. No experience is required. Applicants are encouraged to contact the team via email or the team’s Facebook site.
Jim Howe Motorsports was founded in 2000 with Christina Howe piloting the familiar #62 kart. Drivers since then have included Dylan Brock (Columbus, IN), Daniel Pearcy (Shelbyville, KY), and sisters Cokie and Emma Gaich (Indianapolis). Brock, Pearcy, and Cokie Gaich all posted victories in their #62 rides with Pearcy also winning a Junior Supercan championship in 2011. The team’s mission is to bring kids with little or no experience into motorsports and prepare them for advancement in the sport. Jim Howe, 54, is a 35-year-plus veteran of racing. Before his karting days, he served as a mechanic on dirt late models with additional stints performing timing/scoring and management duties at various dirt and pavement tracks in Indiana; acting as news editor at National Speed Sport News under the late Chris Economaki; and serving as PR Director for the American Speed Association (ASA).