Tuesday, June 1, 2010

NASCAR: Canadian Ron Fellows to drive JR Motorsports' No. 88

MOORESVILLE, N.C.  (June 1, 2010) – When the JR Motorsports flagship No. 88 team travels to NASCAR Nationwide Series road-course events at Road America and Watkins Glen International later this season, it will have one of the best road-course drivers in the sport behind the wheel and two brand new sponsorship partners on its hood.

AER Manufacturing will sponsor the No. 88 Chevrolet driven by decorated road racer Ron Fellows in the June 19 race at Road America.   Fellows has driven for JR Motorsports three times before, winning at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on Aug. 2, 2008. AER Manufacturing has been a world leader in engine remanufacturing for the past 60 years, and has supported Fellows in the Trans Am Series, NASCAR and the American Le Mans Series since 1990.

Grand Touring Vodka, which announced a new partnership with JR Motorsports earlier this month, will be Fellows' primary sponsor in the Aug. 7 race at Watkins Glen International. It will mark the third of 10 sponsored races for Grand Touring Vodka in 2010, as the vodka brand will be on the No. 88 at Daytona International Speedway (July 2) and O’Reilly Raceway Park (July 24).

"It's great to be back with JR Motorsports this year," the 50-year-old Fellows said. “I’m extremely grateful to AER and GT Vodka for making this program possible. I know we'll be competitive and able to run up front at these facilities.” 

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Fellows owns three career starts with JR Motorsports, notching one win and two top-five finishes. In 2008, Fellows earned the team its first road-course victory at Montreal after leading seven laps. His best finish in 2009 was a fifth-place showing at Watkins Glen.

“We are thrilled to have Ron back with us,” said JR Motorsports general manager and co-owner Kelley Earnhardt. “He is an incredible talent behind the wheel, and he will bring a lot of experience and insight to our program. Any time he’s driving, he’s a threat to win.”

A longtime sports car and road-racing veteran, Fellows is credited with three class championships in the American Le Mans Series, two class wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and 19 overall victories in the Sports Car Club of America's Trans-Am Series as a member of the Corvette Racing Team. His NASCAR credentials include six overall wins (two in the Camping World Truck Series), and two runner-up finishes in Sprint Cup competition. With his four Nationwide Series victories, he also has seven top-fives, eight top-10s and two poles in 15 starts.

About AER Manufacturing: Headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, AER Manufacturing is recognized as a world leader in the engine remanufacturing industry for more than 60 years.  AER continues to provide high-quality products and capabilities to the automotive industry with nine variable production lines, two manufacturing facilities and 13 strategically located warehouses throughout the United States.

About Grand Touring Vodka: A great American tradition begins with Grand Touring's handcrafted vodka.  We combine the finest grains from America's Heartland with crisp, cool waters.  Column distilled and filtered through activated stone carbon, Grand Touring Vodka presents unmatched smoothness and quality.  The bounty of our labor will be rolling out across the country this summer.  Grand Touring Vodka reminds you to drink responsibly, "Know when to pass." For more information on Grand Touring Vodka, visit www.grandtouringvodka.com.

About JR Motorsports: JR Motorsports is the management company and racing operation for Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s seven-time Most Popular Driver and winner of more than 40 NASCAR-sanctioned races. JR Motorsports competes in multiple racing divisions, including the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In 2008 JRM enjoyed a breakout season with four Nationwide Series victories between its two teams. The company followed suit with four more wins in 2009. The JR Motorsports facilities are based out of Mooresville, N.C., and includes the JR Nation retail store, Hammerhead Entertainment, and DEJ Realty. For more information on JR Motorsports, visit www.dalejr.com.

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