NASCAR DRIVER INKS DEAL WITH WYLERRACING, MY HAVE FUN -- AMERICA'S FAMILY INTERNET PORTAL WWW.HAVFUN.COM
CHARLOTTE, NC (DECEMBER 17, 2007) - Richard Johns won't be disappointed if there aren't many gifts for him under the tree this holiday season -- not after securing a seat in the No. 60 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series entry for the 2008-2009 seasons late last week.
"They say dreams come true during the holidays, but this is way beyond anything I could have wished for this year," said Johns. "It's like when I got my first go kart as a kid. At first you can't believe it, then you can't wait to drive it."
Johns got the opportunity to wheel the Wyler-RacingToyota Tundra this season thanks to a solid NASCAR Nationwide Series campaign last year and a productive off-season that allowed the Lawrenceville, GA driver to bring sponsor MY HAVE FUN -- America's Family Internet Portal www.havfun.com to the table.
"Competing in the Nationwide Series last season was a big boost to my career," said Johns, who piloted the No. 25 Team Rensi entry in 15 NNS events last season. "I learned more about racing in those 15 events than I did throughout the rest of my driving career.
"Then, we were able to make contact with Rick Beaman and his Technology Based Consulting group and they were extremely excited about going racing with the MY HAVE FUN -- America's Family Internet Portal www.havfun.com brand in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series," Johns continued. "That allowed us to network our deal with Wyler-Gaughan Racing and get on the fast track toward the 2008 season."
Johns has been on the fast track since competing in his first go kart race at age 9. After tours in the PASS and Southern All Stars Truck Series, Johns graduated to the Georgia Asphalt Series (GAS) and American Speed Association (ASA) Late Model ranks before breaking through into the Nationwide Series a year ago.
Meanwhile, Wyler Racing has been carving its own mark in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2005. With Jack Sprague behind the wheel in 2006, the team won two events and finished fifth in the season-ending championship standings. Last year, the team opened the season with a bang winning at Daytona and finishing ninth in the points race.
"It's going to be different going from a veteran driver like Jack last year to a young, up and coming one like Richard this season," said Tom Buzze, General Manager at Wyler Racing. "We still have the same great team that won races last season and, if anything, we think we've strengthened our organization over the off season. We're looking forward to getting Richard in here to startworkingwith our team and Toyota. I know he's excited about it too."
"We're looking to gain market share and increase our home page users," stated Beaman, President of Technology Based Consulting. "Increasing market share in the Internet home page business will make us stronger and better able to compete against Lycos, Yahoo and the rest of them
"We chose to try to do this in NASCAR and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series because of the great fan following and television audiences it delivers. The Truck Series also fits nicely into our budget plans. Because of the television audience the Truck Series delivers, I can really stretch my budget dollar.
"Finally, with Richard Johns, we feel like he's a young, talented driver -- a diamond that needs a little refinement," Beaman concluded. "We really believe Richard has the talent to be able to someday compete on the level where Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon are at now, the Sprint Cup level. Meanwhile, Wyler Racing has a good organization and concept and they have a future in that they want to race in the Sprint Cup Series. They also have Toyota on board and we fell like that's the future of NASCAR racing."
With a championship caliber team and a winning e-business marketing partner, Johns - a Mechanical Engineer with a degree from the Motorsports Engineering program at the University of North Carolina -- Charlotte -- is more than thankful this holiday season.
"I had always hoped I would get an opportunity to compete with a top-notch team, complete with a sponsor that could provide us the kind of support needed to compete all out," said Johns, a Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate in the Truck Series this season. "With Wyler Racing, Toyota, and MY HAVE FUN -- America's Family Internet Portal www.havfun.com , I'm going to have that kind of opportunity in the Truck Series this year. There's no doubt I am always going to remember this holiday season as one of the best."