BEDFORD, Texas (June 14, 2000) -- Officials from OstriRite Agricultural System, Inc. and Enerjetix Motorsports have reached an agreement that will allow OstriRite, a meat packing company, to become the primary sponsor for American Speed...
BEDFORD, Texas (June 14, 2000) -- Officials from OstriRite Agricultural System, Inc. and Enerjetix Motorsports have reached an agreement that will allow OstriRite, a meat packing company, to become the primary sponsor for American Speed Association ACDelco Series rookie Paul Dallenbach for the rest of the 2000 season.
OstriRite was founded in 1994 by Donald Teague, who now serves as Chairman of the Board. The company operates a supply system that allows small farmers the opportunity to have their products, specifically meat, processed, marketed and distributed by Ostri Rite, with profits shared between the two.
"We are very happy to be associated with OstriRite for the rest of the 2000 season," said driver Dallenbach, son of legendary Indy Car driver and former CART Director of Competition Wally Dallenbach. "Now we can run the rest of the season, as before it was just race to race. We have the ability to have those rookie mistakes now, without it costing us the rest of our season."
Dallenbach entered his rookie season in ASA with limited oval experience, but has quickly caught on to the series, utilizing the new Vortec ASA 5700 engines and BFGoodrich Traction T/A tires. After missing the first event of 2000 because his Enerjetix Pon tiac number 67 wasn't complete, Dallenbach made his first start at Lanier, starting 30th and finishing 16th.
Dallenbach debuted the new sponsorship for the sixth event of the season, the ACDelco Service Specialists 300 at Louisville Motor Speedway. Dallenbach picked up his best career finish, coming home ninth after starting 24th.
"The key factor of our making the decision of going with ASA was the market they projected being the same one we are focused toward," said Teague. "While being a rookie, Paul has a lot of good experience in and around racing and the Enerjetix Motorsports team with Richard Balestrieri is the kind of partner we want to grow with in the world of motorsports."
The team is switching from the Pontiac Grand Prix to a Ford Taurus prior to the July 16 USAMeats.com 200 event at Chicago Motor Speedway.
"A company the caliber of OstriRite Agricultural Systems is a positive addition to the family of high-profile sponsors coming into the ASA ACDelco Series," said ASA National Sales Manager Steve Farmer. "Donald Teague is the type of concerned entrepreneur t hat puts the concerns and profitability of the small, independent farmer in the proper perspective."