Go Fas Racing And Circle Sport Racing Partner To Secure Charter For 2018

Matt DiBenedetto

It’s been a busy offseason in the shop and also in the office at Go Fas Racing. With the addition of an XFINITY program featuring driver Joey Gase and a 2018 partnership with the historic Wood Brothers Team, GFR is excited announce a partnership with Circle Sport Racing to acquire a charter for the No.32 Ford driven by Matt DiBenedetto.

“This deal pretty much fills our plate for the 2018 season,” said Archie St. Hilaire, owner of Go Fas Racing. “We decided that the best long-term strategy for GFR’s original charter was to strike a deal our good friends at Wood Brothers Racing which left us seeking a charter for our own No.32 car. I think this partnership with Joe Falk is mutually beneficial for both Joe and ourselves going into the future. Joe has been in the business for a long time and will add a wealth of knowledge to our programs in 2018 and beyond.”

“We have been talking about doing this for over a year and it was a big decision to switch to Ford, but we believe it will pay off,” said Joe Falk. “This is a performance business and we have not had the team to get good finishes. We are also working on running the No.33 car in select events with young drivers such as Joey Gase to help get them prepared for a full Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season going forward.”  Another driver that may occupy the Go Fas Racing No. 33 for a few races in 2018 may be the Stewart-Haas Racing young gun, Cole Custer!

Go Fas Racing and Circle Sport look forward to working with their combined marketing partners this coming season and what was a much improved 2017 season. DiBenedetto and Go Fas Racing were known as the most-improved team across the NASCAR garage area, improving six spots in the owners points standings with two top-ten finishes at Daytona and Indianapolis respectively.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be back in action for the 2018 season in early-February for the 60th running of the Daytona 500. Last year, Matt DiBenedetto drove the No.32 E.J. Wade Foundation Ford to a ninth-place finish, which was, at that point, the best-finish in Go Fas Racing’s history. DiBenedetto will also be competing in the Can-Am Duels, the qualifying races for the Daytona 500, representing the title sponsor on his No.32 Can-Am / Kappa Ford.

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Ricky Benton Racing Partners With David Gilliland For 2018 Daytona 500

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Ricky Benton Racing (RBR) Enterprises announced today that the team will be jumping to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) for the season-opening Daytona 500 in February. David Gilliland has rejoined the team to pilot the No. 92 Black’s Tire and Auto Service/Carquest Auto Parts/Ford Fusion.

RBR has spent the past eight seasons competing in 79 races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) on a part-time basis. Gilliland drove for the team for seven races in 2015. Plans for the RBR’s 2018 NCWTS schedule have not been finalized.

Mike Hester will serve as crew chief in both series. The team will continue its long-running relationship with Roush Yates Engines to provide power plants for their Fords.

“After talking with our partners, we felt the time was right to make a move into the Cup Series,” said team owner Ricky Benton. “Getting David (Gilliland) back on board was also key. Having a veteran driver with his experience and success on restrictor-plate tracks – with whom Hester has familiarity – gives us a leg up as we try to make the race.

“I am thankful for Roush Yates, Carquest, Highland Construction and the entire Black’s Tire family (Benton owns Black’s Tire, which operates four BTS Tire & Wheel Distributors Wholesale Centers, servicing more than 200 BTS partner program dealers, Carolina Retreads and 46 retail/commercial locations in the Carolinas) for going racing with us.”

Based in Cerro Gordo, N.C. (pop. 199), RBR is bringing with it a history of success in stock car racing to the Daytona 500. At the 2.5-mile “World Center of Racing,” RBR has two third-place and two sixth-place finishes in six starts in the NCWTS. Prior to joining the truck series, RBR competed extensively in late models and other series, winning the 1998 NASCAR Winston Racing Series Atlantic Seaboard championship as well as the 2002 USAR Hooters ProCup title.

“Ricky is a great guy and a real racer,” said Gilliland. “I really appreciate the faith he has put in me to drive his first MENCS attempt. Having worked with (crew chief) Mike (Hester) before, I know he has done everything needed to give us a competitive car to go out and qualify and race well at Daytona.

“I think we have a chance to go out and surprise some people.”

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Todd Gilliland To Run For NCWTS ROTY For Kyle Busch Motorsports

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Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that Todd Gilliland will drive the No. 4 Tundra in 19 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2018 and vie for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.  The 17-year-old will make his 2018 debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway March 24 and then race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway in May before running the remainder of the schedule starting at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway May 18 after he becomes eligible to compete on larger tracks when he turns 18 on May 15.

David Gilliland, Todd’s father, will pilot the No. 4 Tundra in the season-opening event at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, while Kyle Busch will be behind the wheel of the No. 4 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway Feb. 24 and Kansas Speedway in Kansas City May 11 as previously announced. An announcement on the driver for the March 2 event at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway is forthcoming.

Todd Gilliland made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut for KBM at Dover last June. He spent time inside the top five before being relegated to a 20th-place finish after experiencing a broken wheel. He registered an average finish of 5.0 across his final three races of his six-race Truck Series schedule in 2017, including a career-best third-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Sept. 23.

The third-generation racer also competed full-time in both the K&N Pro Series East and West Series in 2017. He captured his second consecutive West Series title after posting six wins, seven poles, 937 laps led, 11 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes across the 14-race schedule. The NASCAR Next product finished second in the East championship standings after collecting four wins, one pole, 450 laps led, 10 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes across the 14-race schedule. Combined in 48 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series starts since 2015 he has brought home 18 victories and has one ARCA Racing Series win in two starts.

“With back-to-back championships in the K&N West Series the last two seasons and a runner-up finish in the East Series this year, Todd’s proven that he knows how to win races and compete for championships,” Kyle Busch said. “He showed improvement over the course of his six-race schedule last year and after he turns 18 in May and is able to get behind the wheel on a regular basis, we expect that he will continue to improve, start competing for wins and be a strong contender for the Truck Series Rookie of the Year.”

“I’m super excited be continuing my development within the Toyota Racing family and look forward to being behind the wheel of KBM’s No. 4 Tundra this season — especially after my 18th birthday when I can run all of the races,” Gilliland said. “I’ll still be at the track for the early races when I don’t get to compete so that I can learn as much as I can from being around the guys on the team and watching my Dad and Kyle before my first 1.5-mile race at Charlotte.”

David Gilliland boasts 332 career starts in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, 56 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and 10 in the Truck Series. His lone National Series win came in the 2006 Xfinity Series event at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. He’s captured two poles in the Cup Series at Daytona, pacing the field to the green in both the 2007 Daytona 500 and the 2014 July event, and finished third in the 2011 running of the “Great American Race.” He recorded a sixth-place finish in his lone Truck Series start at the 2.5-mile superspeedway in 2015.

“I’m really excited to be running Daytona and sharing the truck with my son, Todd, which is really special,” David Gilliland said. “To drive for KBM with all the success they have had over the years is a fantastic opportunity. Kyle is a great guy and I’m sure that he can teach Todd and I both, so we can’t wait to get to the race track.”

Announcements on sponsors and the crew chief for the No. 4 team are forthcoming.

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Horizon Global Corp. Joins Team Penske In Multi-Year Deal

Brad Keselowski

Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN) has joined Team Penske with a new multi-year partnership beginning in 2018. Horizon Global towing and trailering brands REESE® and Draw-Tite® will serve as primary sponsors for the No. 2 Ford Fusion driven by Brad Keselowski in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races this season at Martinsville Speedway in March and Richmond Raceway in September.  The No. 2 Ford will also carry the REESE branding as an associate sponsor throughout the 2018 MENCS season.

Horizon Global will also serve as a full-season associate sponsor on the No. 22 Dallara/Chevrolet driven by Simon Pagenaud in the Verizon IndyCar Series this season.

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“Horizon Global is a Michigan-based, automotive-focused company, like Penske Corporation, and we welcome them to the Team Penske NASCAR and INDYCAR programs beginning this season,” said Roger Penske. “We look forward to helping build the company’s REESE and Draw-Tite brands through motorsports and they’ll have some great opportunities working with two series champions in Brad and Simon.”

Headquarted in Troy, Mich., Horizon Global designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of towing, trailering, cargo management and other related accessory products to the automotive aftermarket, retail and original equipment channels worldwide.

The company began its motorsports involvement in 2012 by partnering with Brad Keselowski Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“We couldn’t be more enthusiastic to expand our motorsports involvement with Team Penske in 2018,” said John Aleva, President of Horizon Global Americas. “Over the past six seasons, we have developed a strong relationship with Brad and have seen first-hand how beneficial motorsports has been to our company. Taking the next step to grow our program with Team Penske is something we couldn’t pass up.”

Keselowski will join the Horizon Global team at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this Thursday, January 18 to help launch the new partnership.

The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season begins with the 60th anniversary running of the Great American Race, the Daytona 500, on Sunday, February 18.

About Reese®.

Reese is the leader in heavy-duty towing and trailering, with a complete line of fifth wheel hitches, pin boxes, weight distribution systems, and sway control solutions. Reese has been recognized as an innovator in the towing industry since 1952. The Reese brand is a division of Horizon Global. For more information, visit http://www.reeseproducts.com.

 

About Draw-Tite®. 

Draw-Tite is the premier brand of custom trailer hitches. Established in 1946 and created with a passion for outstanding performance, the brand has come to represent one of the best custom-fit vehicle products available today. Each hitch design must pass rigorous testing to become TESTED TOUGH™. For more information, visit http://www.draw-tite.com.

About Horizon Global

Horizon Global is the #1 designer, manufacturer and distributor of a wide variety of high-quality, custom-engineered towing, trailering, cargo management and other related accessory products in North America, Australia and Europe. The Company serves OEMs, retailers, dealer networks and the end consumer as the category leader in the automotive, leisure and agricultural market segments. Horizon provides its customers with outstanding products and services that reflect the Company’s commitment to market leadership, innovation and operational excellence. The Company’s mission is to utilize forward-thinking technology to develop and deliver best-in-class products for its customers, engage with its employees and realize value creation for its shareholders.

Horizon Global is home to some of the world’s most recognized brands in the towing and trailering industry, including: BULLDOG, Draw-Tite, Fulton, Hayman Reese, Reese, ROLA, Tekonsha, and Westfalia. Horizon Global has approximately 4,700 employees in 67 facilities across 21 countries.

For more information, please visit www.horizonglobal.com.

About Team Penske
Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced more than 470 major race wins, over 540 pole positions and 32 Championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition. Over the course of its 52-year history, the team has also earned 16 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win and overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. For 2018, Team Penske will compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team also races in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, in a partnership with Dick Johnson Racing, as DJR Team Penske. For more information about Team Penske, please visit www.teampenske.com.

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DC Solar Set To Partner With CGR, Kyle Larson, and Jamie McMurray

Kyle Larson & Jamie McMurray

After partnering with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) for three seasons in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS), DC Solar is moving to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) for the 2018 season as a primary partner with both Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray. Wasting no time getting on track with Larson, the No. 42 Camaro will feature DC Solar as the primary partner for ‘The Clash at Daytona’, the season-opening non-points race.

In addition to partnering with CGR in the MENCS, DC Solar will continue to be seen in the Xfinity Series for several races on the No. 42 Chevrolet with both Larson and McMurray behind the wheel. The partnership with CGR will also extend to INDYCAR in 2018, where DC Solar will serve as an associate sponsor on both the No. 9 and 10 cars, driven by Scott Dixon and Ed Jones respectively.

While DC Solar has been a recognizable name on track for several seasons in NASCAR, including on the car and as a race sponsor, the clean energy company has been recognized by fans outside the race tracks as well. DC Solar provides mobile solar lighting solutions, EV chargers, and power stations to numerous tracks, including Charlotte Motor Speedway, ISM Raceway (Phoenix) and Darlington Raceway. DC Solar is also in partnership with ISM Raceway for its $178 million modernization project, where the company is powering and lighting nighttime construction for what is sure to be one of the most exciting new venues for motorsports in the U.S.

NOTES OF INTEREST:

  • Renewable Energy: DC Solar and Larson previously joined forces in 2016 when Larson drove a DC Solar sponsored truck to victory lane in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Eldora Speedway. He also picked up a fourth-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway later that same year with DC Solar onboard. DC Solar also served as a co-primary partner with Larson and the No. 42 MENCS team in last season’s finale at Homestead, which resulted in a third-place finish.

 

  • 25 Going on 30: Behind a growing fan base and greater success on the track in 2017, including his second straight trip to the playoffs, Kyle Larson was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Sports list. Larson was the only motorsports athlete on the list, which also included Jose Altuve, Julio Jones, and Kawhi Leonard to name a few.

 

  • Continued Growth: With four victories in 2017, Larson greatly added to his career win total in the MENCS, and with a series leading eight runner-up finishes (including the All-Star Race) he also bested his previous high in that category (three), which he achieved in 2014 and 2016. Larson rounded out the year with 15 top-five finishes, with only three of those finishes not being a first or second-place result. Larson’s strong season netted him a career-best eighth-place finish in the final point standings.

 

  • Welcome Back: McMurray will compete in the Xfinity Series for the first time since 2013. He has not run multiple races in one season in the series since 2011 when he competed in six races. McMurray is an eight-time winner in the Xfinity Series, with his most recent win coming at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2010 driving for JR Motorsports.

 

  • Three to Grow On: McMurray enters the 2018 season on the heels of three consecutive trips to the Playoffs, the most recent of which saw the veteran driver advance to the second round. McMurray’s average finish of 15.1 over the past three seasons helped to propel him to the postseason in consecutive years, and last year’s 17 top-10 finishes, the most for him since 2004, had him solidly in playoff contention throughout the regular season.

 

QUOTEBOARD:

  • Jeff Carpoff, Co-Founder and CEO, DC Solar: “We’re excited about expanding our relationship with CGR, and we’re especially proud to have Kyle and Jamie representing the DC Solar brand as we move to the sport’s highest level. We see an immense amount of value in the sport, with the unique opportunity each weekend to build relationships and interact with multiple partners, and we have every confidence that 2018 is going to be a successful year for everyone involved.”
  • Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing: “We have enjoyed our partnership with DC Solar and are very excited to welcome Jeff and Paulette to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It has been a fun three years growing our partnership and we look forward to an exciting and successful first year with them on the cars with Kyle and Jamie.”
  • Kyle Larson, Driver No. 42 DC Solar Chevrolet Camaro: “I’m really looking forward to representing DC Solar this season in the Cup series. You can tell Jeff and Paulette are passionate about being here and about racing, so I’m excited to be a part of their first season in NASCAR’s premier series. I’ve won with them once in the truck series, so I’m hoping to repeat that a few times this year in Cup.”
  • Jamie McMurray, Driver No. 1 DC Solar Chevrolet Camaro: I’m looking forward to racing with DC Solar in Cup this year and a few times with them in the Xfinity Series. Our team has really done a nice job in that series having won with several different drivers the last couple of seasons. I’m also excited to drive a few times in the Cup series with DC Solar on-board and be a part of their first full season in that series. Their enthusiasm for our team and sport is evident and I’m glad that I get to be a part of this growth with them.”

 

 

About DC Solar:

DC Solar is a clean energy company that specializes in mobile solar products. Our flagship product, The Solar Eclipse, is the most widely distributed mobile solar generator in the U.S. and has revolutionized the solar industry by taking the technology off-grid. DC Solar serves a wide range of industries, including emergency preparedness/disaster response, construction, telecommunications, EV charging, sports, entertainment and agriculture, to name a new. DC Solar’s mission is to promote a healthier planet by offering unique solar products that make a difference in how people use and think about power.  For more information please visit: http://www.dcsolardistribution.com/

About Chip Ganassi Racing:

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 30 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include two cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, one car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, two factory Ford GT’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and two factory Ford GT’s in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Overall his teams have 18 championships and 199 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, seven Rolex 24 At Daytonas, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Sam Mayer Joins JR Motorsports’ Late Model Program For 2018

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Ranier Racing Development driver Sam Mayer has signed to race for JR Motorsports’ championship-winning Late Model program for the 2018 season. The 14-year-old from Franklin WI, will take the seat of the team’s second entry hoping to continue the run of success the team has had over the past several years that includes back to back championships in 2016 and 2017.

Mayer, son of former Indy Car and road racing star Scott Mayer, will join 2017 CARS Late Model Stock Car Series champion Josh Berry as a teammate for 2018. Mayer, who began racing go-karts at the age of 4, ended his first Late Model campaign in 2017 on the strength of three victories and 13 top-10 finishes, including the youngest driver to ever win a Late Model race at historic Greenville Pickens Speedway. Mayer also competed in the prestigious Myrtle Beach 400 that included the top Late Model drivers in the country and brought home an impressive fifth-place finish.

“We’re very happy to have a young driver of Sam’s caliber join us here at JR Motorsports,” said L.W. Miller, director of motorsports at JRM. “He’s accomplished a lot in his career already, including against the top Late Model talent in the Southeast, and he definitely has all the qualities we look for on the track and off it.”

Mayer’s standout 2017 season also included a full slate of US Legend Car Series events, and the young driver won the US Legend Car Winter Heat Championship, the Bojangles Summer Shootout, US Legend Car Asphalt Nationals and was crowned Young Lions Legend Car National Champion.

“It will be a really exciting experience, to know that I’m with a top NASCAR team and a top Late Model team,” Mayer said. “I hope to be really competitive and have lots of fun while doing it. I’m confident with the way the team is going to treat me and the car, and excited about seeing what we can do together and what we can accomplish.”

Additional plans for Sam in 2018 include Speed-Weeks World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway, U.S. Legend Car Winter Heat and Summer Shootout from Charlotte Motor Speedway. Mayer, who will turn 15 later this year, will compete in selected races in the ARCA Series presented by MENARDS and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

Sam Mayer – Career Highlights:

· 2011 – Route 66 Regional Series: One (1) 1st Place, One (1) 2nd Place, One (1) 3rd Place

· 2012 – Route 66 Regional Series (raced 2-classes): Series champion both classes; WKA Manufacturer’s Cup Race Series: Top 5 finish for season

· 2013 – United States Pro Kart Series: Series champion; Route 66 Regional Series: 2nd Place; WKA Manufacturer’s Cup Series: 2nd Place; SKUSA Super Nationals: Qualified 5th of 89; Driver: Merlin Karts of Italy & Franklin Motorsports of Wisconsin

· 2014 – Robo-Pong 200: 3rd Place Finish; SKUSA Super Nationals: 9th Place; Season stats: Fifteen (15) 1stPlace Finishes of 65 Feature Races; Competed in four national series

· 2015 – Route 66 Regional Series: Series champion; Season stats: Competed in five national series, chosen for truTV series ‘Kart Life’ as a spotlight driver

· 2016 – Season stats: Competed in Legends Young Lions Series – full season; Battle at the Big Top: 8thPlace Finish (1-win); The Showdown/Las Vegas: 1-win; Competed in three national series (SKUSA, USPKSWKA Manufacturer’s Cup & IAME International Final)

· 2017 – US Legends Winter Heat Series Championship; Bojangles Summer Shootout Championship; US Legend Car Asphalt Nationals Champion. Hawk McCall Motorsports Late Model 3 wins and 13 top-10 finishes.

Sam Mayer Racing Website: http://sammayerracing.com/

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Thorsport Racing And Toyota Part Ways

Matt Crafton
After a successful six-year relationship with Toyota, ThorSport Racing announces today that the two partners have agreed to part ways ahead of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) season.

During the six-year run, the team captured two driver championships, 19 wins, 117 top-five and 227 top-10 finishes, 10 pole awards and 2,900 laps led.

A complete driver and sponsor lineup for ThorSport Racing will be released in the coming weeks ahead of the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250Friday, Feb. 16, at Daytona International Speedway.

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Justin Haley And The Fraternal Order of Eagles Returns To GMS

Justin Haley
GMS Racing announced that Justin Haley would once again pilot the No. 24 Chevrolet Silverado in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2018. Long-time sponsor Fraternal Order of Eagles will also rejoin the group as a primary sponsor throughout the season.

The 18-year-old returns to the team following a strong rookie season in which he earned three top-fives and 12 top-10 finishes in 21 starts. He also captured his first-career NCWTS pole award at Texas Motor Speedway in November, setting a new track qualifying record and becoming the youngest pole winner in track history.

Haley, who won the ARCA Racing Series event at Talladega Superspeedway and contended for the win in his NCWTS debut at the same track, will make his first start at Daytona International Speedway. In addition, Haley has yet to make a start at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but earned an average finish of 10.5 in eight 1.5-mile starts in 2017.

“We found a lot of success toward the end of the 2017 season, so there’s a good amount of momentum that we can carry over into this year,” said Haley. “The No. 24 team is working hard in the off-season to take us to that next level, to be able to keep running up front and improving week to week. There’s no reason we shouldn’t be competing for a championship when we get to Miami, and I couldn’t be more excited to be heading in that direction with GMS and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.”

Looking to build on the consistency from 2017, the No. 24 crew will be led by Kevin Bellicourt, now in his second season as crew chief with GMS and Haley.

“It’s been really encouraging to see the work that not only this team has done, but that Justin has put in over the off-season,” said Bellicourt. “From working in the gym to time on the simulator, he’s focused on getting himself prepared to make a run for the title. The team has put everything we’ve got behind him and we’ve watched him do the same. It feels like all the pieces are coming together at the right time.”

Haley and the No. 24 team will contend for GMS Racing’s third consecutive Daytona International Speedway season-opening win.

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Wood Brothers Racing Enters Partnership With Archie St. Hilaire

Ryan Blaney
Wood Brothers Racing today announced a long-term partnership with Archie St. Hilaire, owner of Go FAS Racing. The agreement grants full operating control of one of the 36 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Charters to the Wood Brothers and its iconic No. 21 Ford.

The Charter guarantees a starting position in every Monster Energy Series race, providing further competitive stability for a team that returned to full-time competition for each of the past two seasons and earned a berth in the Monster Energy Series Playoffs in 2017.

“This Charter is a game-changing step for Wood Brothers Racing. It’s the critical piece needed to thrive as a top owner in our sport,” said Len Wood, co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing.  “We have been fortunate enough to have extremely fast cars and are blessed with the best sponsors in NASCAR. Pair that with our support from Ford and nearly every piece is in place.  Last year we leased a Charter from Archie [St. Hilaire].  We’ve really come to appreciate working with him and his son Mason and I think everyone has benefited tremendously from this relationship. For 2018 and beyond, we’ve taken it a step further and entered into a partnership and we think it will be a rewarding endeavor for everyone involved.”

Last season, with driver Ryan Blaney, the Wood Brothers enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in decades, capturing the organization’s 99th premier series win and finishing in the top 10 in points for the first time since 1994. Blaney advanced to the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy Series Playoffs and went on to finish 9th in the points standings.

In 2018, the team looks to build on last season’s playoff run, with Paul Menard taking the reins of the iconic No. 21 Ford.  When asked about his thoughts on Paul and the upcoming season, co-owner Eddie Wood has an optimistic outlook on the upcoming season. “Paul has the skill and playoff experience to take the Wood Brothers on yet another championship run,” Wood said. “The security that the Charter brings through this partnership will allow us to place of our focus on winning races, making the playoffs and fighting for a championship. We’re looking forward to getting back to racing and competing against the best teams and drivers in the world.”

The Monster Energy Series returns with the 60th running of the Daytona 500, a race the Wood Brothers have won five times with five different drivers. NASCAR Hall of Famer and Wood Brothers team founder Glen Wood competed in the first Daytona 500 in 1959.

Wood Brothers Racing

Wood Brothers Racing was formed in 1950 in Stuart, Va., by Hall of Famer Glen Wood. Wood Brothers Racing is the oldest active team and one of the winningest teams in NASCAR history. Since its founding, the team won 99 races (including at least one race in every decade for the last seven decades) and 118 poles in NASCAR’s top-tier series. Fielding only Ford products for its entire history, the Wood Brothers own the longest association of any motorsports team with a single manufacturer. Glen’s brother, Leonard, is known for inventing the modern pit stop. The team currently runs the Ford Fusion driven by Paul Menard in the famous No. 21 racer.

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DEX And Team Penske Form New Partnership

 

Team Penske has announced a new partnership with Florida-based DEX Imaging, the nation’s largest independent dealer of document imaging equipment.

DEX Imaging will be featured as a primary sponsor for three 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races this season on Team Penske’s No. 12 Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney, including events at Atlanta Motor Speedway in February, Richmond Raceway in April and Kentucky Speedway in July. The Florida-based company will also serve as a full-season associate sponsor on the No. 12 MENCS Ford Fusion in 2018.

In addition to the NASCAR partnership with Team Penske, DEX will be an associate sponsor on the No. 6 and No. 7 Acura Team Penske DPi entries competing in two important IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance races – the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in January and the 12 Hours of Sebring in March.

“It is always exciting to bring new partners to Team Penske and we look forward to continuing the growth of the DEX Imaging brand though motorsports and our race teams,” said Roger Penske. “DEX is a leader in its field and we believe the company can help create some unique opportunities for our teams and our other partners as well. With Ryan Blaney preparing for his first Cup Series season with our team, there is also great growth potential with DEX for the future.”

DEX plans maximize the new partnership by hosting its customers at the race track and creating unique experiences with potential clients at the events where the company is featured as the primary sponsor of the No. 12 Ford. In addition, DEX plans to work closely with Team Penske on a significant business-to-business program with other team partners and among the Penske Corporation companies.

Blaney enters his first full-time MENCS season with Team Penske in 2018 fresh off a winning season driving for Wood Brothers Racing. The High Point, N.C., native scored his first career Cup Series win at Pocono Raceway in 2017 and earned a spot in the NASCAR Playoffs, as he finished ninth in the final championship standings.

“It’s great to see new partners step up and become a part of the No. 12 team for this season and beyond,” said Blaney, who turned 24 in December. “I’m excited to race the DEX Imaging Ford for the first time in just a few weeks.”

The 2018 MENCS regular season begins with the 60th anniversary running of the Great American Race, the Daytona 500, on Sunday, February 18. DEX’s first race as a primary sponsor with Team Penske will be the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, February 25.

About DEX Imaging

DEX is the largest independent provider of office technology in the U.S. Their full-spectrum solutions are operational in thousands of small businesses as well as enterprise, Fortune 1,000 companies. With a nationwide network of 4,000 support specialists, DEX chooses the best, most reliable models from the nation’s top imaging equipment manufacturers, tested in-house for reliability, and pairs them with the unique business requirements. Digital intelligence, in house R & D, environmental consciousness and local stewardship are the hallmarks of DEX.

About Team Penske
Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced more than 470 major race wins, over 540 pole positions and 32 Championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition. Over the course of its 52-year history, the team has also earned 16 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win and overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. For 2018, Team Penske will compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team also races in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, in a partnership with Dick Johnson Racing, as DJR Team Penske. For more information about Team Penske, please visit www.teampenske.com.

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