FitzBradshaw Racing receives applause

NASCAR Applauds FitzBradshaw Racing for Diversity Certification DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 8, 2005) -- The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) applauds FitzBradshaw Racing for its certification as a minority-owned business by...

NASCAR Applauds FitzBradshaw Racing for Diversity Certification

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 8, 2005) -- The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) applauds FitzBradshaw Racing for its certification as a minority-owned business by the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council. The designation officially recognizes FitzBradshaw Racing as a certified ethnic minority supplier and will open networks to more minority-owned businesses throughout the country. FitzBradshaw Racing is the first team in NASCAR's three national touring series to be certified as a minority-owned business.

"Our entire organization will work to encompass the true spirit of this distinction," said team co-owner Armando Fitz. "We know it is the right thing to do and we're glad to be part of the grassroots efforts to offer minorities the ability to get more involved in motorsports."

NASCAR Director of Diversity Tish Sheets said, "To be certified by the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council will benefit FitzBradshaw Racing and the entire NASCAR industry. As NASCAR grows, we will only be as strong as our people, which include our fans, our employees and our supplier base. Further diversifying our supplier base will improve business by bringing lower costs, competitive prices and cutting edge products and designs."

NASCAR adheres to a supplier diversity and minority vendor program to foster a more diverse supplier base. The program invites women and minority-owned businesses to be considered equally as subcontractors and suppliers for all goods and services purchased by NASCAR. The organization is also a member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council and works closely with the Florida Minority Supplier Development Council to further develop its supplier diversity and minority vendor program.

"NASCAR is one of the fastest growing sports in America," said Hilary Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau. "One of our missions at the NAACP is to help move more people of color into these emerging markets. I am glad to see that more minorities are getting a chance to participate not only as fans but also as suppliers and owners."

Manuel Mirabol, president and CEO of the National Puerto Rican Coalition added, "NASCAR continues to move in the fast lane. The FitzBradshaw Racing announcement is a very proud moment for all Americans and in particular Hispanic Americans. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Armando Fitz, Mimi Fitz and Terry Bradshaw and we look forward to supporting them in their endeavors and wish them the best of success on the NASCAR circuit."

NASCAR will spotlight teams, tracks, sponsors and partners throughout the year for significant contributions and achievement in diversity. NASCAR will also be highlighting diverse drivers currently competing throughout the different levels of the sport.

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