Germain/Arnold Racing enters series' final races

Newly Created Team Germain / Arnold Racing To Field No.30 Toyota Tundra in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series NAPLES, Florida, August 23, 2004 -- Arnold Motorsports and Germain Motor Company announced today they will join forces to create ...

Newly Created Team Germain / Arnold Racing To Field No.30 Toyota Tundra in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series

NAPLES, Florida, August 23, 2004 -- Arnold Motorsports and Germain Motor Company announced today they will join forces to create Germain/Arnold Racing. The new NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team will field and sponsor the No.30 Toyota Tundra for the final nine races of the season starting in Richmond, Virginia.

Germain/Arnold Racing is a new participant in Toyota Racing Development (TRD), Inc.'s engine lease program. The team will lease engines from the manufacturer, and TRD will provide engineering and at-track technical support.

"The Germain family is extremely excited to represent Toyota in the Craftsman Truck Series," said Bob Germain, vice president of Germain Motor Company. "Germain/Arnold Racing has the experience and the resources necessary to ensure the teams' success. My brothers and I looking forward to Richmond."

The Germain/Arnold Racing team will be led by crew chief Mike Hillman who is currently the crew chief for the No.50 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. Don Arnold, owner of Arnold Motorsports, has owned and raced the No.50 NASCAR Nextel Cup car since 2003 when he purchased the Melling Motorsports program.

Veteran NASCAR Cup and Bush Series driver Todd Bodine recently announced his commitment to join Germain/Arnold Racing for the balance of the 2004 Craftsman Truck Series season. Bodine will pilot the No.30 Toyota Tundra. Bodine's career highlights include: 15 NASCAR Bush Series wins and seven top-10 championship finishes; totaled career best winnings of over $2.5 million in 2003; earned three poles in the 2001 Cup Series. Bodine also has 74 Craftsman truck starts on his resume.

"It is great to team up with another family - oriented organization that has the same high principles and goals as the Arnold Companies," said Don Arnold, owner of Arnold & Arnold Real Estate and Arnold Development Companies. "I'm looking forward to racing the Toyota Tundra. Toyota has a great engineering team and great equipment. I hope to be in `Victory Lane' in the near future with Toyota and Germain/Arnold Racing."

"W e have been in discussions with Bob Germain and Don Arnold since we began interviewing teams in early 2003," said Pat Wall vice president and manager of Toyota's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series program. "We are pleased to welcome the new partnership into our Toyota Motorsports family as our fifth team."

Germain Motor Company currently owns and operates 16 automotive dealerships in Columbus, Ohio, Naples, Florida and Sarasota, Florida. Germain has been associated with Toyota since 1968 and currently owns three Toyota franchises and three Lexus franchises. Germain Motor Company has sponsored cars in the Goody's Dash Series, ARCA Series, Busch Series as well as the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine
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