Roush renews sponsor for Edwards

The Scotts Company Returns in 2005 To Sponsor Carl Edwards and The No. 99 Ford Taurus CONCORD, N.C. (January 26, 2005) * Roush Racing announced today that The Scotts Company will sponsor Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Roush Racing Ford Taurus in...

The Scotts Company Returns in 2005 To Sponsor Carl Edwards and The No. 99 Ford Taurus

CONCORD, N.C. (January 26, 2005) * Roush Racing announced today that The Scotts Company will sponsor Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Roush Racing Ford Taurus in 2005. The Scotts Company sponsored the No. 99 Ford for a total of six races in 2004. Scotts has decided to return as a primary sponsor on the No. 99 Ford in 2005 for a minimum of nine races and will be carried as an associate sponsor for the remaining races.

"This is awesome," said Edwards. "The Scotts Company had success with their racing program last year and I'm proud to help them continue their momentum into the 2005 season. Together, Scotts, Roush Racing and the No. 99 team will make sure that NASCAR fans have the best looking lawns and gardens across the country."

Eugene Sung, Senior Vice President and General Manager at The Scotts Company echoed Edwards' excitement. "Scotts is very excited to partner with a world-class team like Roush Racing." Sung continued, "We look forward to winning in lawn and garden on and off the track this season. Many NASCAR fans love our products and we understand how important brand loyalty is in this sport."

The Scotts Company is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the Twin 150's in Daytona, the first Atlanta, Martinsville, Texas, Talladega and Richmond races, and all three races at Lowe's Motor Speedway including the All-Star event in May. The Scotts Company will also feature their leading brands Miracle-Gro, Ortho and Roundup in their paint schemes during the year.

This is a partnership that car owner Jack Roush is also excited to be a part of.

"We are really happy to have Scotts back as a member of the No. 99 team in 2005," said Roush. "Scotts is a great partner to work with. We've had a great relationship with them and we look forward to building on that in 2005 and beyond."

Jim Hagedorn, CEO, of The Scotts Company, also offered his thoughts, "The Scotts Company is the leader in lawn and garden and Roush Racing has produced the previous two NASCAR Nextel Cup Champions, I look forward to what our winning organizations can accomplish together, " he said.

Edwards will make his 14th start as a NEXTEL Cup driver at the Twin 150's in February and he's hoping to continue his momentum from last year over into this year. With one top-five and five top-10 finishes in 2004, Edwards was arguably one of the hottest competitors on the circuit at the end of the season. With crew chief Bob Osborne by his side, Edwards hopes to rake in some wins and be in contention for the championship at the end of 26 races in 2005.

Dedicated to a Beautiful World
The Scotts Company is the world's largest marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care, with a full range of products for professional horticulture as well. The Company owns the industry's most recognized brands. In the U.S., the Company's Scotts®, Miracle-Gro® and Ortho® brands are market leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup® brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto. The Company also owns Smith & Hawken, a leading brand of garden-inspired products that includes pottery, watering equipment, gardening tools, outdoor furniture and live goods. In Europe, Scotts' brands include Weedol®, Pathclear®, Evergreen®, Levington®, Miracle-Gro®, KB®, Fertiligene® and Substral®.

Roush Racing
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates nine motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ricky Craven , Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , Todd Kluever , Mark Martin