Doug Yates and Max Jones join forces; Former road racer and long-time GM to head Yates Racing

Concord, N.C. -- Yates Racing announced Thursday that Max Jones, long-time general manager for Roush Fenway Racing and former road-racing driver has joined Yates Racing as a co-owner and will also assume the role of General Manager .

Jones, a native of Long Beach, Calif., joins Yates Racing after serving as general manager for Roush Fenway Racing's Cup program in 2007. After a successful road-racing career that began in 1989 with Roush Fenway Racing, which included a victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1991, and victories at Topeka (1989) and Portland (1988), Jones transitioned to general manager in 1992 where he has served in that capacity for the better part of the past 17 years. During his tenure as GM at Roush Fenway Racing, Jones won numerous road-racing championships and in 2000 brought Jack Roush his first NASCAR championship in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Jones rounded out an excellent stint as GM at Roush Fenway Racing by, this year, helping Carl Edwards win his first NASCAR Busch Series Championship.

"We're thrilled to have someone as respected as Max join Yates Racing," said Yates Racing owner, Doug Yates. "With his experience in the sport and working with such a large and successful organization as Roush Fenway Racing for so many years, he will immediately step in and improve our race operations. As we continue to improve and restructure in preparation for a successful 2008 season, having someone with Max's experience and credibility only accelerates the process of getting Yates Racing back to where it needs to be and that's competing for wins and championships on a weekly basis."

Jones will add his experience to one of the most successful operations in motorsports. Since venturing into NASCAR's Cup series in 1989, Yates Racing has recorded 57 wins, 269 top fives, and 427 top-10 finishes, including the Cup series championship in 1999.

"It's an incredible honor to be able to help lead and develop an organization that's as steeped in tradition as Yates Racing," Jones said. "I know their program and the standard of excellence that the Yates family is all about, and I look forward to continuing and improving upon the success that Yates Racing has enjoyed throughout the years."

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