Racing Limos of Southwest Florida sponsored the #63 NASCAR Craftsman Truck at the final race of the season in Homestead. The logo was placed on what is known as the "TV Panel," the tailgate that is visible during the race via in car cameras.
The truck is operated by MB Motorsports, operating out of Missouri owned by Mike Mittler.
Racing has been a big part of Mike Mittler’s life for a quarter of a century. “I’ve always loved racing and got involved in 1968,” he said. “Through local races I got to know the Wallace family. I worked on the crew that helped Rusty Wallace become the USAC stock car Rookie of the Year and 1983 ASA Champion. We ran some NASCAR Busch races and did a few Nextel Cup events as well. When Rusty moved south, I started helping Kenny Wallace and was with him when he was crowned the 1986 ASA Rookie of the Year.” During his early years in racing, Mike worked at Fran’s Chassis Engineering in St. Louis. “We built drag race cars from pro stocks to top fuel and funny cars”, he explained.
Mike, along with brother Paul, founded Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool Company in 1980. It was a gamble, but Mike Mittler’s life has always revolved around building things. “I like the challenge and satisfaction of putting things together, and reaching a goal.”
Whether it’s building a race car or a business, Mittler enjoys the process of seeing dreams come true. Mittler Brothers Machine & Tool now employs 40 highly skilled machinists and support personnel in Foristell, Missouri (40 miles west of St. Louis).
The plant includes the latest computer controlled design and machining equipment. Products, including auto racing tools and performance components, are sold in Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. Some of the most successful names in auto racing today use the Mittler Brothers products on a daily basis.
The company took the next step in racing by starting their own team. 1995 was the inaugural season for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series...and MB Motorsports. Over the eight years MB Motorsports has gained the reputation for bringing new young talented drivers into NASCAR racing.
Several notable drivers who went on to successful Busch Grand National and Nextel Cup careers got their first NASCAR ride in an MB Motorsports Truck. This notable list includes 1998 Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year, the late Kenny Irwin, Jr.; the late Tony Roper; 2003 NCTS Rookie of the Year and 2004 NCTS Daytona champion, Carl Edwards; 2003 Nextel Cup Rookie of the Year, Jamie McMurray; and most recent talent, American Speed Association veteran, Chris Wimmer.
Mittler and MB Motorsports continue to build a winning team. With several seasons under his belt, Mike has shifted his focus to marketing. He explains, “We have proven our ability to compete, and we continue to develop and gel as a team. With the stability of our team, we can confidently offer companies great partnership opportunities.