Front Row Motorsports Announces Partnership with Doug Yates Alliance; Brings Heritage of Winning, Name Change to Team STATESVILLE, NC (February 2, 2010) - Solidifying an ownership alliance with Doug Yates and Yates Racing, Front Row Motorsports...
Front Row Motorsports Announces Partnership with Doug Yates Alliance; Brings Heritage of Winning, Name Change to Team
STATESVILLE, NC (February 2, 2010) - Solidifying an ownership alliance with Doug Yates and Yates Racing, Front Row Motorsports owner Bob Jenkins announces a name change to the organization. With the addition of Yates, the team will now officially be titled Front Row Motorsports with Yates Racing. Doug Yates will be the listed owner of the No. 37 and No. 38 Ford Fusions, with Bob Jenkins remaining the listed owner of the No. 34 Ford Fusion. The team will remain headquartered in Statesville, N.C.
The alliance secures all three entries into the top 35 in owner points heading into the opening weekend of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. It also reunites Yates with his former drivers David Gilliland and Travis Kvapil.
"There has been a lot of movement this past off-season inside the sport," said Yates. "The opportunity came up with Bob (Jenkins) and to continue in the ownership role. I didn't have to think long about making this decision. Bob is really putting together a strong team this season and has done so over the past few seasons. He's been smart and making all the right moves as an owner. He's capitalized on the changes in the sports landscape and has built a solid team with great factory support and drivers. That's what excited me about making this move."
"I had already learned a lot about Bob and the Front Row team over the past two months with their involvement with Ford Racing and leasing engines from Roush/Yates Engines," continued Yates. "They are a fast-improving team and this move allows me to carry on the Yates Racing legacy created by my father over 20 years ago."
Yates Racing has more than 50 wins, 200 top-five and 400 top-10 finishes in NASCAR's highest level, including a championship in 1999. Gilliland and Kvapil raced under the Yates Racing banner in 2008 and 2009.
"There has been so much that has happened for us in the past two months," said Jenkins. "But, having Doug come on board is a big piece of our puzzle coming together heading into this season. He brings such a family tradition of winning and a lot of confidence to everyone here. His relationships with Ford Racing, Roush/Yates Engines, David and Travis immediately make us a stronger team."
-source: front row motorsports