#10 FreedomRoads Ford & John Andretti Ready for 2006 Season
MOORESVILLE, NC (December 6, 2005) -- With their eyes on a championship, FreedomRoads, along with partner Camping World, are happy to announce their sponsorship of the #10 ppc Racing Ford for 28 NASCAR Busch Series races in 2006. The 2006 season marks FreedomRoads and Camping World's first full-time Motorsports endeavor. With camping at the racetrack becoming more and more popular, FreedomRoads and Camping World see this sponsorship as a way to reach their customers on common ground.
"FreedomRoads and Camping World are very excited about entering the motorsports industry and expanding the awareness of both the RV industry and what our two companies have to offer," said FreedomRoads Chairman and CEO, Marcus Lemonis. "Our companies have always strived to be one step ahead of our competition in the RV industry and this venture is no different. For that reason we chose a primary sponsorship with ppc Racing's #10 Ford.
Partnered with Camping World, the world's largest retailer of RV and camping accessories, supplies and services, FreedomRoads will launch a multi-faceted marketing campaign that will serve as sponsor of the #10 Ford. Keeping details under wraps until the kick-off of the 2006 season, FreedomRoads and Camping World plan to take the RV/Motorsports industry by storm.
To accomplish that feat, Veteran driver John Andretti and experienced ppc Racing crew chief, Rick Gay, were selected to lead the #10 team. Andretti has amassed wins in nearly every competitive racing series and plans to add a Busch series win in 2006 to his list of accomplishments.
"I have a lot to look forward to this year," John Andretti explained. "I'm excited to compete in the Busch Series. My previous experience in Nextel cup gives me great confidence that we will make a strong impression in 2006. ppc Racing is a championship team and with FreedomRoads and Camping World behind me, we are capable of running strong and competing with the best of them."
Rick Gay has his own experience as part of a winning team. Gay previously served as crew chief in the Busch Series from 2001-2004, including a season as crew chief for ppc Racing driver Kenny Wallace. Spending two seasons as crew chief in the Craftsman Truck Series, Gay most recently led the #10 Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International team for ppc Racing.
"I have a tremendous amount of confidence in the ability of John Andretti to pilot our #10 Freedom Roads sponsored race car," said ppc Racing owner, Greg Pollex. "John possesses a great deal of knowledge about the race car and his experience on and off the race track will greatly enhance the Freedom Roads program. Rick Gay was selected as the crew chief for his leadership skills and open minded approach to racing. Rick's chassis and aero knowledge will ensure our race cars will be competitive with John behind the wheel."
About ppc Racing LLC and Greg Pollex . . .
ppc Racing marked its sixth year of competition in 2005 under ownership from Greg Pollex. His NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck Series teams have amassed 32 wins and more than 150 top-five and 250 top-10 finishes. In its inaugural year, ppc Racing won the 2000 NASCAR Busch Series driver and owner's championship, finishing 1-2 in the standings. Over the years Pollex has hired recognizable and successful drivers Jeff Green, Jason Keller, Scott Riggs, Kenny Wallace, Michel Jourdain Jr., and Terry Cook, and John Andretti. For more information, please visit www.ppcracing.com.
Freedom Roads is a dynamic national network of well-established local and regional RV dealerships who have united to benefit our customers, employees, suppliers and the RV industry. FreedomRoads operates as a multi-store retail chain engaged in the retail sale, finance and service of recreational vehicles. As Americas largest RV retailer the company currently operates 57 locations across the United States including; Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, New Hampshire, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, California and Washington State.
FreedomRoads stores feature more than 400 million dollars in new and used retail inventory, representing over 18 brands names. This level of selection allows our company to serve 35,000 unique sales customers this year, representing the largest single RV company in the United States. Additionally, each of our 57 locations provides comprehensive service and parts departments for your convenience during your family's travels. For more information, please visit www.freedomroads.com.
About Camping World...
Since 1966, Camping World has grown from one store at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky to 44 SuperCenters and 350 service bays nationwide and is still growing. Our single 16-page black-and-white catalog has expanded to 12 full-color issues each year. Today, 44 locations with more on the way, an award winning Web site, more than 25 million catalogs and sale flyers distributed annually make Camping World the world's largest retailer of RV accessories, supplies and services JFor more information, visit us at www.campingworld.com.