EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS NAMES ELLIOTT TO DRIVE THE NO. 19 DODGE DEALERS/UAW DODGE CHARGER AT WATKINS GLEN STATESVILLE, N.C. (August 8, 2006) -- Evernham Motorsports announced today it will bring back past NASCAR champion and Evernham driver ...
EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS NAMES ELLIOTT TO DRIVE THE NO. 19 DODGE DEALERS/UAW DODGE CHARGER AT WATKINS GLEN
STATESVILLE, N.C. (August 8, 2006) -- Evernham Motorsports announced today it will bring back past NASCAR champion and Evernham driver Bill Elliott to pilot the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger at Watkins Glen. Elliott drove for Evernham Motorsports full-time from 2001 to 2004, then part time in 2005. Elliott went to victory lane for Evernham Motorsports four times, including winning the prestigious Brickyard 400 in 2002.
Jeremy Mayfield, who has been driving the No. 19 Dodge this season, will not participate in the Watkins Glen event. No decisions have been made regarding his long-term future with the team.
The decision was made after efforts to get the struggling No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger back on the right track have not progressed as quickly as needed. The team is currently 36th in the NASCAR Nextel Cup owners' points standings, which means it does not have a guaranteed spot in Sunday's event.
Elliott brings a champion's provisional, which means the No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge Charger is confirmed in the starting lineup and does not need to qualify solely on speed.
"This team has a great deal of potential and we just haven't met the expectations this year," said Ray Evernham, president and CEO of Evernham Motorsports. "We will do whatever we need to get this car in the show for Watkins Glen. It's important to our sponsors and it's important to this team. Having Bill in the driver's seat gives us this guarantee. I believe in our system, our process and our people, and am committed to getting this program where it needs to be."
Evernham noted that the team has finalized its long term plans for 2007 and expects to announce those plans in the coming weeks.