JR Motorsports Partners with AdvoCare for Remainder of 2011 Season

September 7, 2011

JR Motorsports Partners with AdvoCare for Remainder of 2011 Season

Almirola to drive No. 88 AdvoCare Chevrolet this weekend at Richmond

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 7, 2011) – JR Motorsports general manager Kelley Earnhardt announced today the addition of AdvoCare as a primary partner on board its No. 88 Chevrolet with driver Aric Almirola.

AdvoCare, a premier health and wellness company offering world-class energy, weight-loss, nutrition and sports performance products, will be featured as the primary sponsor in races at Richmond International Raceway (Sept. 9) and Charlotte Motor Speedway (Oct. 14), and will also serve as an associate partner for the remainder of the 2011 season.

“We feel fortunate to be aligned with such a distinguished company as AdvoCare,” Kelley Earnhardt said. “The race under the lights at Richmond is always entertaining, and it’s a great place for AdvoCare to makes its debut with JR Motorsports. With the way Aric and the 88 team competed at Richmond in the spring, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the AdvoCare Chevrolet in victory lane.”

Almirola and the No. 88 AdvoCare team have hit their stride over the last two months. The team has scored eight top-10 finishes in the past 10 weeks and earned more championship points (352) than any Nationwide Series “regular” during that time. Currently, Almirola is fourth in championship points (-64). The AdvoCare team looks to continue its success at Richmond this weekend.

“We are excited about our partnership with JR Motorsports and the No. 88 team,” said Rob Graf, Director of Endorsements for AdvoCare. “Aric Almirola is an outstanding driver who will do an excellent job in promoting the AdvoCare brand for the company and its independent distributors across the country.”

About AdvoCare
AdvoCare International, LP is an award-winning, premier health and wellness company headquartered in Plano, Texas, that offers more than 70 products and a business opportunity that empowers individuals to explore their ultimate potential. Since 1993, AdvoCare has offered nutritional supplements and vitamins of the highest quality developed through comprehensive research and backed by a Scientific & Medical Advisory Board. For more information on AdvoCare, visit www.advocare.com or call 800-542-4800.

About JR Motorsports
JR Motorsports is the management company and racing operation for Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s eight-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; however the Dale Jr. business model extends well beyond the race track and includes multiple business ventures. Among those entities is the full-service production company Hammerhead Entertainment (www.hammerheadent.com), JR Nation Retail Store (www.ShopJrNation.com), The Dale Jr. Foundation (www.thedalejrfoundation.org), and Whisky River (www.whiskyrivercharlotte.com), the bar and nightclub located in the uptown Charlotte Epicentre.

MEDIA INFORMATION:
Heath White
Public Relations, JR Motorsports
704.799.4825
heath@dalejr.com

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Richmond Preview

September 6, 2011

JR MOTORSPORTS TEAM PREVIEW

No. 88 AdvoCare  Chevrolet / No. 7 GoDaddy.com/Get Your.NET Chevrolet

EVENT – Virginia 529 College Savings 250 (250 laps / 187.5 miles)
TRACK – Richmond International Raceway (.75-mile D-shaped oval)
DATE – Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
TV / RADIO – ESPN2 (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. EST) / MRN (broadcast begins at 7:15 p.m. EST)

Aric Almirola
No. 88 AdvoCare Chevrolet

“When our AdvoCare team walks back into the tunnel at Richmond, we’re going in there knowing we have a shot to win. We had one of our best races of the season there in the spring. I know we’ll have a good AdvoCare Chevrolet. We’re running the same chassis we took there in the spring, so we’ll unload with speed. The race in April was proof of that. We led laps and ran in the top-three for most of the night. Things just didn’t go our way toward the end. Somehow we ended up running out of fuel, and then we were penalized on pit road. It wasn’t how we were looking to end that race. I’m confident we can do much better this time around.”

Danica Patrick
No. 7 GoDaddy.com/Get Your.NET Chevrolet

“This truly is a weekend of remembrance for Americans everywhere. I think a lot of people will remember this anniversary in their own way, but for me, it’s an absolute privilege to be part of the Honoring our Heroes program this weekend. It’s a testament to the entire NASCAR community that so many drivers and teams have embraced the importance of this program. Go Daddy has done a great thing by putting a special paint scheme on our No. 7 car, and it looks quite different than the Go Daddy green we’re used to. It’s a fitting tribute. I don’t know how many people know this, but Bob (Parsons, Go Daddy Founder and CEO) took the time to design this paint scheme himself. Bob is a veteran of the Vietnam War, so this is something that he was very passionate about. Every star you see on the car is meant to serve as a memorial for each life lost on 9/11. I think there are 2,976 stars in all. Looking at all those stars covering the car really puts the magnitude of what we lost that day into perspective.”

JR MOTORSPORTS NOTEBOOK –

REMEMBERING SEPT. 11, 2001 – This weekend the entire NASCAR community, along with NASCAR Lionel Collectibles, will pay tribute to the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with multiple NASCAR drivers piloting special “Honoring our Heroes” paint schemes. In part of the remembrance, Danica Patrick will drive a unique version of the No. 7 Go Daddy.com/Get Your.NET Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. Patrick’s Chevrolet features a black paint-out that is blanketed with a star-covered design. A patriotic ribbon with the words “Remembering 9/11” also graces the hood. Each star integrated into the paint scheme represents a life lost during the attacks. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a charitable organization founded in 2001 by the family of Stephen Siller –an FDNY firefighter who lost his life in the attacks, will have its logo on the C-post of the No. 7 Chevrolet. The “Honoring our Heroes” program is designed to help raise funds to build homes for the only three surviving quadruple amputees of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – United States Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco, United States Marine Corps Corporal Todd Nicely and United States Marine Corps Corporal John Peck.

PATRICK’S MEDIA AVAILABILITY – Danica Patrick will be available to members of the NASCAR media on Friday, Sept. 9 at 12:30 p.m. EST in the infield media center.

PATRICK TO ATTEND LIONEL NASCAR COLLECTIBLES PRESS CONFERENCE AT RIR – Patrick will participate in the Lionel NASCAR Collectibles press conference in the Richmond International Raceway media center on Friday, Sept. 9 at 3:45 p.m. EST. Patrick joins several other NASCAR drivers, along with Howard Hitchcock, Vice President of Lionel NASCAR® Collectables for a special check presentation benefitting the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Please note, questions during the press conference should be limited to the “Honoring our Heroes” program. Additional competition-related questions may be addressed during Patrick’s media availability scheduled for Friday, Sept. 9 at 12:30 p.m. EST in the infield media center.

DANICA’S SEASON TOTALS – In seven races this season, Patrick holds one top-five and three top-10 finishes, two of which came in her last three starts. She has led 14 laps and earned an average finish of 16.0. Following the Richmond event, Patrick will be back with the No. 7 GoDaddy.com / Get Your.NET team in races at Kansas Speedway (Oct. 8), Texas Motor Speedway (Nov. 5), Phoenix International Raceway (Nov. 12) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 19) before running the fulltime Nationwide Series schedule in 2012.

NO. 7 SEASON STATS – The No. 7 team holds six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 2011. The team occupies the 12th position in owner points.

ADVOCARE DEBUT – JR Motorsports welcomes AdvoCare as primary sponsor of the organization’s flagship No. 88 Chevrolet with driver Aric Almirola. AdvoCare, a premier health and wellness company offering world-class energy, weight-loss, nutrition, and sports performance products, will also see action with the No. 88 team at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Oct. 14.  They will continue to serve as an associate sponsor with for the entirety of the 2011 season.

ALMIROLA AT RICHMOND – Almirola made his first career Nationwide Series start at Richmond in 2006, and has competed at Richmond three times since. Driving for JRM behind the wheel of the No. 7 Chevrolet, he earned his best finish of 11th last fall. It marked the first and only time he has driven the No. 7 Chevrolet for JRM.

SHORT TRACK SEASON STATS – In eight short track races this season, Almirola holds three top-five and five top-10 finishes. He scored those finishes in races at Bristol Motor Speedway, Dover International Raceway, Iowa Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

MOUNTING SUCCESS FOR ALMIROLA – In their last 10 starts, Almirola and the No. 88 AdvoCare team have secured five top-five and eight top-10 finishes. Almirola has scored more points than any other Nationwide Series regular during that span, earning a total of 352 points and averaging 35.2 points per race.

NO. 88 SEASON STATS – The AdvoCare team’s season tally now stands at six top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. They are ranked eighth in owner points

ALMIROLA AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS – Aric Almirola will sign autographs at the JR Nation merchandise hauler, located in the fan concourse area, on Friday, Sept. 9, from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST.

JR NATION GREAT GIVEWAY – From Aug. 28 to Oct. 16, 2011, the JR Nation web site, the official fan club site for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and JR Motorsports, is giving away a prize a day for 50 days to both new and existing fan club members. All fans must do is log on to www.jrnation.com and click on the register now banner. In addition to the 50 daily prizes, JR Nation is offering a grand prize of an $888 gift card for use in the JR Nation online store. 10 second-place winners will receive an $88 gift card also for use in the JR Nation online store. Daily prizes include autographed memorabilia from Aric Almirola, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick and Josh Wise.

WATCH JRM RACING.COM’s VIDEO SERIES – In a continued effort to be at the forefront of web-based content through its website www.jrmracing.com, the team has added a multitude of videos into its video gallery. Click here to view race preview videos, the “JRM 360” series and more. 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Heath White, JR Motorsports/ Public Relations
704.799.4825
heath@dalejr.com

 

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Atlanta Race Report

September 4, 2011

JR MOTORSPORTS RACE REPORT: Atlanta

Almirola and Hellmann’s Team Continue Top-10 Streak;

Misfortune Finds Go Daddy team in McMurray’s Debut

Hampton, Ga. (Sept. 3, 2011) – The JR Motorsports teams of Aric Almirola and Jamie McMurray both were strong contenders  in Saturday night’s Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Like most of their competitors, Almirola and the No. 88 Hellmann’s team dealt with a loose Chevrolet through the night, but made the necessary adjustments to finish eighth.  It marked the team’s 15th top-10 finish this season.  Driving the No. 7 GoDaddy.com/Get Together/Get Online.ORG Chevrolet, McMurray spent the majority of the race running inside the top-10.  The team fell victim to two flat tires, the final one coming on lap 178 of the 195-lap race.  McMurray crossed the finish line in 21st.   Carl Edwards won his sixth race of the season after leading five times for 101 laps.  Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top-five finishers.

No. 88 Hellmann’s Chevrolet Key Moments

Start – 11th / Finish – 8th / Laps Led – 0 / Points – 36 / Driver Point Standings – 4th

Beginning the race in 11th-place, Almirola patiently settled into a position inside the top 10 by lap 32.  He radioed crew chief Tony Eury Sr. that the Hellmann’s Chevrolet had a loose condition that was magnified by long green-flag runs.

The Hellmann’s crew made several chassis adjustments over its first two stops of the day and cycled as high as second place before coming to pit road under green-flag conditions on lap 126.  Almirola rolled back on to the track in 12th.  The team eventually worked back into the 10th position by the race’s final restart on lap 176.

Almirola wheeled his way to eighth over the final 19 laps to earn his eighth top-10 finish in the past 10 races.  He now sits only 24 points behind Reed Sorenson for third place in the championship standings.

“To sit on top of the board the way we did in first practice, I think everyone on our Hellmann’s team expected a better finish tonight,” Almirola said following the race.  “We just started the race so loose it took us a while to get our car handling better.  The longer the green-flag runs went, the looser we got.  All things considered, we’ll take a top-10 and look to improve on it next weekend.”

No. 7 GoDaddy.com/Get Together/Get Online.ORG Chevrolet Key Moments

Start – 10th / Finish – 21th / Laps Led – 0 / Owner Point Standings – 12th

Returning to JR Motorsports as the defending race winner of the Great Clips 300, McMurray’s race in the No. 7 GoDaddy.com/Get Together/Get Online.ORG Chevrolet began in the 10th spot.  The team began a drive to the front from the drop of the green flag, working as high as sixth in the first 30 laps.

On lap 32, McMurray radioed the crew that he had a right-front tire going flat.  He brought the No. 7 to pit road under green-flag conditions for four tires and fuel.  The team emerged back on the track in 24th and a lap down to the leaders.   Their break came with a lap-43 caution that allowed McMurray to receive the wave around and put him back on the lead lap in 17th position.

By the race’s 82nd circuit the No. 7 GoDaddy.com/Get Together/Get Online.ORG was back inside the top-10, occupying the ninth spot.

“I’m just cruising out here guys,” McMurray radioed the crew.  “I’m literally only running about 90 percent.”

That was welcomed news to the crew, because despite only cruising, McMurray was posting some of the fastest lap times on the track.  It seemed like the No. 7 team was positioning themselves for a run to the front and a potential challenge for the lead.

McMurray drove to sixth when, on lap 178, the team’s hopes of a solid finish were deflated with the news that they had another right-front flat.  McMurray slowed off the pace and came to pit road for four fresh tires.  The team went on to cross the finish line 21st.

“Tony Jr. and all the guys on this GoDaddy.com/Get Together/Get Online.ORG Chevrolet did a great job this weekend,” McMurray said after the race. “Our car was fast, but we just ran into a string of bad luck with flat tires tonight.”

This is McMurray’s first of three races with JR Motorsports in the No. 7 Chevrolet.  He’ll see action with the team in races at Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 17) and Dover International Raceway (Oct. 1).

Next Up for JR Motorsports:
Event: Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9, 2011
TV/Radio: ESPN2 (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. EST) / MRN (broadcast begins at 7:15 p.m. EST)
JRM Entries: No.  88 Advocare Chevrolet (Aric Almirola), No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet (Danica Patrick)

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Atlanta Preview

August 30, 2011

JR MOTORSPORTS TEAM PREVIEW

No. 88 Hellmann’s Chevrolet

No. 7 GoDaddy.com/Get Together/Get Online.ORG Chevrolet

EVENT – Great Clips 300 (195 laps / 300.3 miles)
TRACK – Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.5-mile quad-oval)
DATE – Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011
TV / RADIO – ESPN2 (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. EST) / PRN (broadcast begins at 7 p.m. EST)

Aric Almirola
No. 88 Hellmann’s Chevrolet

“Atlanta is such a fast track. It’s a little bumpy, and man, you’re flying. You’re wide open, going across the bumps, chewing up tires. That place eats tires alive. You can go out on stickers and run two or three laps, come in, then go back out and you’ll be half a second slower. Handling is critical. Atlanta is old and wore out. For the 300 miles we race there you better be prepared to slide all over the place. It makes for a crew chief’s nightmare. You’re always on the edge of out of control there. But you have the option to move around. Up top, there’s fresher pavement, so you can find some grip up there.”

Jamie McMurray
No. 7 GoDaddy.com/Get Together/Get Online.ORG Chevrolet

“I can’t think of a better place to reunite with JRM than at Atlanta. I had a ton of fun running with these guys last summer, and I’m excited to be coming back as the defending race winner here. Last year, we had a lot of success with the 88 team, but this time around I’ll be with Tony (Eury) Jr. and the 7 team. Looking at a 300-mile race at Atlanta, you can’t underestimate the importance of clean air at that track. Being out front was critical with the cars last year, and it will be even more with the new cars in the Nationwide Series this year.”

JR MOTORSPORTS NOTEBOOK –

NO. 88 HELLMANN’S TEAM IN DOMINANT FORM – Almirola and the No. 88 Hellmann’s team are riding a solid streak of success into Atlanta Motor Speedway. The team earned its fifth top-five finish in the past seven races in last weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Almirola has scored the most points of any Nationwide Series regular in that span (256). The Hellmann’s team’s season tally now stands at six top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. The team is ranked eighth in owner points.

MCMURRAY TO DRIVE THREE RACES IN NO. 7 CHEVROLET – Jamie McMurray, the 2010 Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 champion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, will rejoin JR Motorsports to pilot the team’s No. 7 Chevrolet beginning this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. McMurray is the defending race winner of the Great Clips 300. His victory accompanied four top-fives, six top-10s, and 72 laps led with the No. 88 team last season. The Joplin, Mo. native holds an average finish of 6.2 with JRM. This year he’ll be paired with crew chief Tony Eury Jr. in races at Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 17) and Dover International Speedway (Oct. 1).

DEFENDING RACE WINNERS –The No. 88 Hellmann’s team contended from the very beginning of last year’s Great Clips 300, leading 48 laps on the night. But it was a stellar restart on lap 172 which proved the deciding factor for the team. The No. 88 machine powered past Brad Keselowski on the inside line and held the lead for the final 23 laps to earn JRM its first victory of 2010 and ninth overall win.

.ORG LOGO FEATURED ON NO. 7 CHEVROLET – .ORG is the domain of choice for companies, organizations, and individuals – all of whom share the belief that channeling passion toward a shared purpose is the foundation of success. People turn to .ORG to mobilize their communities, achieve a common goal, or pursue a shared cause.

1.5-MILE TRACKS IN 2011 – The JR Motorsports team has three top-five and five top-10 finishes at 1.5-mile facilities this season. This includes races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

McMURRAY IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES – McMurray has two wins (2002, 2010), two top-five and four top-10s at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 54 laps led. He has two starts in NNS competition this season, driving for James Finch at Talladega and Daytona.

ALMIROLA AT ATLANTA – Almirola holds one start at Atlanta in Nationwide Series competition and a single start in the Sprint Cup Series in 2009. The bulk of his success at the 1.5-mile facility came in the Camping World Truck Series where he has a best finish of third.

NO. 7 SEASON STATS – The No. 7 team holds six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 2011. The team occupies 11th position in owner points.

ALMIROLA AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS – Aric Almirola will sign autographs at the JR Nation merchandise hauler, located in the fan concourse area, on Saturday, Sept. 3, from 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. EST.

JR NATION GREAT GIVEWAY – From Aug. 28 to Oct. 16, 2011, the JR Nation web site, the official fan club site for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and JR Motorsports, is giving away a prize a day for 50 days to both new and existing fan club members. All fans must do is log on to www.jrnation.com and click on the register now banner. In addition to the 50 daily prizes, JR Nation is offering a grand prize of an $888 gift card for use in the JR Nation online store. 10 second-place winners will receive an $88 gift card also for use in the JR Nation online store. Daily prizes include autographed memorabilia from Aric Almirola, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick and Josh Wise.

WATCH JRM RACING.COM’s VIDEO SERIES – In a continued effort to be at the forefront of web-based content through its website www.jrmracing.com, the team has added a multitude of videos into its video gallery. Click here to view race preview videos, the “JRM 360” series and more. 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Heath White, JR Motorsports/ Public Relations
704.799.4825
heath@dalejr.com

 

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Bristol Race Report

August 28, 2011

JR MOTORSPORTS RACE REPORT: Bristol

Almirola and No. 88 Team Lock Down Another Top-Five Finish

BRISTOL, Tenn. (Aug. 26, 2011) – Aric Almirola led the JR Motorsports campaign in Friday night’s Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a fifth-place finish in the No. 88 Degree Men Adrenaline Series Chevrolet.  It was his fifth top five in the past seven races.  Additionally, the finish propelled Almirola to fourth in the championship point standings.  Josh Wise made his return to the seat of the No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet with a 16th-place showing.  Race winner Kyle Busch made history with his 50th NASCAR Nationwide Series victory, making him the all-time win leader.  He beat teammate Joey Logano by .019 of a second, the closest margin of victory ever in a Nationwide Series race at Bristol.

No. 88 Degree Men Chevrolet Key Moments

Start – 16th / Finish – 5th / Laps Led – 0 / Points – 39 / Driver Point Standings – 4th

Almirola spent the first 40 laps of the race securing a spot inside the top-10.  He worked into eighth-place for the lap-41 restart following the race’s first caution flag.  The No. 88 Chevrolet maintained a position inside the top-10 before coming to the attention of the crew for the first time under caution on lap 125.  The Degree Men Adrenaline Series team performed flawlessly on pit road and netted Almirola two spots.  He restarted in fifth.

The No. 88 Chevrolet fell to ninth position over the next 15 laps, but as a long green-flag run ensued, Almirola began picking off positions and worked his way back to seventh.

The team pitted for a final time on lap 192 during the race’s final caution period.  Crew chief Tony “Pops” Eury called for a minor air pressure adjustment in addition to four tires and fuel.  The call allowed Almirola to gain two more spots following the restart.  He crossed the finish line in fifth.

“This just proves how hard everyone has been working at JR Motorsports,” Almirola said.  “We’ve turned our season around from the beginning of the year.  I’m really proud of everyone back at the shop.  We’ve been bringing fast racecars to the track, and we’ve showed with our runs the past several weeks.”

No. 7 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet Key Moments

Start – 19th / Finish – 16th / Laps Led – 0 / Owner Point Standings – 11th

Wise began his fourth career start at Bristol Motor Speedway and second with JRM, with a 19th-place start spot.  Early on he radioed the TaxSlayer.com team and diagnosed a tight condition on the No. 7 Chevrolet.

With an uncharacteristic number of caution flags (five through the race’s entirety), Wise fell a lap down to the leaders on lap 88 while running in 21st.  Wise positioned himself to be the first car one lap down over the next 100 laps, but the team could never get a caution to fall while they occupied the lucky dog spot.

Wise managed to drive to 17th place for the final restart on lap 197 and picked up one spot to finish 16th, one lap down to the leaders.

“We got behind early with our TaxSlayer.com Chevy,” Wise said after the race.  “We were able to get the car better at the end of the race, but it was a little too late.  Once you get stuck in mid-pack traffic at Bristol, it’s really difficult to dig yourself out.”

Next Up for JR Motorsports:
Event: Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Date: Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011
TV/Radio: ESPN2 (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. EST) / PRN (broadcast begins at 7 p.m. EST)
JRM Entries: No.  88 Hellmann’s Chevrolet (Aric Almirola), No. 7 JRM Chevrolet (Jamie McMurray)

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