VALVOLINE TO SPONSOR PATRICK CARPENTIER IN NO. 10 GILLETT EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS DODGE IN 2008 STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced today that the familiar red, white and blue colors of Valvoline will sponsor Patrick ...
VALVOLINE TO SPONSOR PATRICK CARPENTIER IN NO. 10 GILLETT EVERNHAM MOTORSPORTS DODGE IN 2008
STATESVILLE, N.C. -- Gillett Evernham Motorsports announced today that the familiar red, white and blue colors of Valvoline will sponsor Patrick Carpentier's No. 10 Dodge in selected races for the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
Valvoline will serve as the primary sponsor at some of NASCAR's biggest races including the 50th running of the Daytona 500, Las Vegas, Texas in April, plus the California and Bristol races in August,
Valvoline has served as a co-primary sponsor on the No. 10 Dodge at Gillett Evernham Motorsports since 2005 as well as an associate sponsor on the No. 9 Dodge of Kasey Kahne and the No. 19 Dodge of Elliott Sadler since 2001.
"This is another chapter in Valvoline's rich racing history," said Robert Stravitz, vice-president of marketing for Valvoline, "We have a long relationship with Ray Evernham and this race team. We think Patrick can take Valvoline as well as the sport of NASCAR to new markets. We plan to continue to make our NASCAR Nextel Cup Series racing effort serve the needs of our family of brands which include: Valvoline, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, Eagle One, Car Brite and Zerex."
Valvoline's relationship with Ray Evernham goes back to 1994 when it became an associate sponsor with Hendrick Motorsports and Evernham was crew chief for young Jeff Gordon. Valvoline came aboard as both associate sponsor and technical partner with Evernham Motorsports for its first season in 2001 and has been with them ever since. Valvoline technical personnel have worked with Evernham Motorsports' engine program for the past six years on a variety of issues relating to lubrication and cooling.
Gillett Evernham Motorsports purchased Valvoline's half of Valvoline Evernham Racing last month ending seven years of Sprint cup ownership by Valvoline. Company officials said there are no plans to pursue ownership in the sport with any other partners.
Carpentier, 36, a native of Joliette, Quebec who now resides in Las Vegas, is a veteran open wheel driver who moved to NASCAR late last season. He said all forms of auto racing recognize the prestige of Valvoline sponsorship.
"I feel very honored to wear the Valvoline uniform," said Carpentier who begins his rookie campaign in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing at Daytona in February. "They have played such a significant role in NASCAR and motorsports for more than 100 years all over the world. Everyone knows Valvoline and the drivers who have raced its cars."
Gillett Evernham co-owner George Gillett Jr. said the team is pursuing additional primary sponsors for the No.10 Dodge's remaining races in 2008.
"Patrick will create a lot of interest all over North America and attract new fans to NASCAR," said Gillett who also owns the NHL's Montreal Canadiens and co-owns the Liverpool soccer team in England. "We know he has the talent to succeed on the track and the personality to do well off the track."