Coors Light Announces Multi-Year Contract Extension with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates - David Stremme to Drive ...
Coors Light Announces Multi-Year Contract Extension with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates - David Stremme to Drive #40 Coors Light Dodge for 17 Races in 2006
CONCORD, N.C. (May 23, 2005) --- Coors Brewing Company announced today that they have extended their relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in the Nextel Cup Series. The extension will include the primary sponsorship of the #40 Coors Light Dodge with CGRFS development driver and current Busch Series driver David Stremme for 17 races in the NEXTEL Cup Series in 2006. The partnership also includes associate sponsorship of the #40 during the other 19 Nextel Cup races.
"We are happy to announce our continued involvement with Chip and Felix and support of the great sport of NASCAR," said Steve Saunders, director of event marketing for Coors Brewing Company. "Coors Brewing Company has been a team sponsor in this sport for 23 years, and we're looking forward to our new era of racing with David Stremme behind the wheel. The CGRFS operation understands our business and helps us drive value on and off the race track, and we're proud to continue our association with the team."
Coors made their foray into racing in 1982 with their sponsorship in the Indy Car Series. After one year, Coors invested in NASCAR and won their first championship in 1988 with driver Bill Elliott. Coors first came to team owner Felix Sabates and Team SABCO in 1995. After five seasons and three drivers, team owner Chip Ganassi partnered up with Sabates in 2000. Since that time the Coors Light Dodge has visited victory lane five times and brought home 25 top-five and 57 top-10 finishes.
David Stremme joined the CGRwFS stable of drivers in 2002 when team owners Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates signed him as part of the CGRwFS driver development program. Previous, Stremme had started racing in 1994 and over eight years, drove in seven different racing divisions. 2003 was Stremme's first year in the NASCAR Busch Series and he split seat time with fellow CGRwFS driver Jamie McMurray. He earned the Rookie of the Year title despite only racing in 18 events. He was the top finishing rookie in 16 of the NBS races that year and earned three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. In 2004 Stremme finished 10th in the championship points standings. Currently he is driving the No.14 Navy Dodge for FitzBradshaw Racing.