U.S. Army expands racing program to include NASCAR. Will field car in Winston Cup with MB2 Motorsports debuting at Daytona 500. Fort Monroe, Va. (November 8, 2002) - Fans of NASCAR, fasten your safety belts! The U.S. Army announced today that...
U.S. Army expands racing program to include NASCAR.
Will field car in Winston Cup with MB2 Motorsports debuting at Daytona 500.
Fort Monroe, Va. (November 8, 2002) - Fans of NASCAR, fasten your safety belts! The U.S. Army announced today that Army racing is expanding to include a NASCAR team partnership. Starting Feb. 16, 2003, at the Daytona 500, a black-and-gold Army car will roar at full speed around NASCAR tracks as the Army teams up with MB2 Motorsports on the Winston Cup racing circuit. Piloting the Army's Pontiac will be Winston Cup veteran driver Jerry Nadeau.
"Just like a well-trained pit crew, each soldier in the Army's team is important and brings individual talents and contributions to achieve team goals and objectives," said Lt. Gen. Dennis D. Cavin, commanding general, for the U.S. Army Accessions Command at Fort Monroe, Va. "We welcome MB2 Motorsports and Jerry Nadeau to the Army team. NASCAR fans share our interest and support what the Army proudly stands for in America. We expect to see some very exciting races starting in February pursuing the Winston Cup championship side-by-side with MB2 Motorsports."
U.S. Army racing, which already includes the successful partnership with Schumacher Racing and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), helps raise awareness among America's youth of what the Army has to offer: personal growth and opportunities, a strong team, and proud, patriotic service to America. The MB2 Motorsports sponsorship will expand further the Army's outreach to the sport's 75 million fans -- including young adults ages 18 to 24. The Winston Cup is among the highest rated regular season sports on TV, according to NASCAR statistics.
The Army will be the primary sponsor on the MB2 car at 27 Winston Cup circuit races with nine races as the associate sponsor. MB2 Motorsports is headquartered in Concord, N.C., and headed up by General Manager Jay Frye, an 11-year veteran of the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit. "MB2 Motorsports is proud to represent the Army and carry the black-and-gold colors. We have the experience and they have the discipline to make this a winning partnership," said Frye.
Veteran driver Jerry Nadeau will be joining the Army/MB2 team at its 2003 Winston Cup debut at the Daytona 500. Nadeau, who came up through Kart racing and NASCAR's Busch series, posted 10 top-10 finishes in 2001 and won the 2000 NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"I'm honored to have the U.S. Army as my new ride for 2003. My father served in the Army, so I know the values and innovation they'll infuse into this partnership. I look forward to helping the Army achieve its mission," said Nadeau.
"Army racing partnerships are two dynamite examples of how the Army successfully reaches aspiring recruits," says Cavin. "The Army's continued involvement in high profile sporting venues and events goes a long way in helping us deliver a powerful, compelling message about Army opportunities to talented young Americans."
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