HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Jani-King -- the world's largest commercial cleaning franchise company -- has joined Scott Wimmer in his bid to become the 2001 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie-of-the-Year, agreeing to sponsor the ...
HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Jani-King -- the world's largest commercial cleaning franchise company -- has joined Scott Wimmer in his bid to become the 2001 NASCAR Busch Series Rookie-of-the-Year, agreeing to sponsor the #23 Bill Davis Racing Pontiac in the first seven races of the season while the team continues to look for long-term primary sponsorship. The program began with Saturday's NAPA Auto Parts 300 at Daytona International Speedway and will extend to NASCAR Busch Series races at Rockingham, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Darlington, Bristol and Texas.
In 2000, Wimmer -- who finished 15th and led 24 laps in his Daytona debut Saturday after qualifying (fifth) as the top Busch rookie -- became only the second rookie in American Speed Association (ASA) history to win consecutive races when he won at Lanier (GA) National Speedway (4/8) and Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway (4/22), the latter race sponsored by Jani-King where company officials first became interested in the Wausau, Wisconsin native.
Wimmer finished the 2000 season ranked 11th in the overall ASA point standings after a second-place finish behind ASA veteran Butch Miller in the season-finale in St. Louis, then moved into the BDR Busch Series entry in which he posted top-20 finishes at Memphis and Phoenix and a top-20 start at Miami. In an unexpected start in the final NASCAR Winston Cup race at Atlanta, Wimmer finished 22nd and led nine laps in only his fourth career NASCAR start.
"Jani-King has been interested in Scott since he won their race last spring and they wanted to help get his rookie year off to a good start," said Car Owner Bill Davis. "We came to Daytona without a primary sponsor for the #23 team and we'll continue to look for a company interested in being a long-term primary sponsor and growing with that team over the next few years as Scott gets the experience he needs to move toward what I think is going to be a long career for him in the Winston Cup Series.
"At the same time, we're really happy Jani-King has gotten on board and will have a presence in the Busch Series. They've been a big supporter and sponsor of both drivers and races in other racing divisions for a long time and we believe Scott will give them the sort of results at this level that will make a lot of people notice their commitment to him and to our sport. We're glad to have them on board."
Jani-King also will sponsor drivers Mike Miller (ASA), Wayne Anderson (ASA and All-Pro) and Eric Norris (Winston West) in varied programs during the 2001 season, the latter having already begun his year with a runner-up finish (to Winston Cup regular Ken Schrader) in the NASCAR Winston West season-opener at Phoenix on February 4.