Con-Way TRUCKIN with Wyler Racing and Jack Sprague for '06 Mooresville, NC (January 18, 2006) --Con-Way Transportation Services, Inc. (NYSE: CNF) announced today that they will be the primary sponsor on the No. 60 Wyler Racing Toyota for the...
Con-Way TRUCKIN with Wyler Racing and Jack Sprague for '06
Mooresville, NC (January 18, 2006) --Con-Way Transportation Services, Inc. (NYSE: CNF) announced today that they will be the primary sponsor on the No. 60 Wyler Racing Toyota for the 2006 race season in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
The company is a leading provider of less-than-truckload, truckload, expedite, truckload brokerage, airfreight forwarding and retail distribution services to commercial and industrial businesses in the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico.
"Con-Way's entry into racing by our association with the Wyler organization and their driver, Jack Sprague (www.jacksprague.com), is an exciting new way to extend the Con-Way brand into the marketplace," said David S. McClimon, president of Con-Way. "The Con-Way 60 truck will be campaigned by a first class racing organization and offer significant branding, customer entertainment and employee appreciation opportunities."
The young race team owned by Jeff Wyler of the Cincinnati-based Jeff Wyler Automotive Family of Dealerships has been a contender since their inception into the series in June of last season. They competed in 15 Craftsman Truck Series events during the 2005 season -- the last five races with the three time series champion, Jack Sprague behind the wheel.
"We are extremely excited about our partnership with Con-Way," Jeff Wyler commented. "They have built a reputation in their industry for superior service and quality customer service that mirrors the Wyler organization's culture and formula for success. We couldn't be more pleased for the opportunity to work with a company that shares the same philosophies and values that we do. Crew Chief Tony Furr has put together a top flight team in a short period of time and together with Jack Sprague and Con-Way we believe we are in championship form for the 2006 season."
Sprague, who made the switch from Chevrolet for the first time in his career to Toyota, dominated the fall 2005 Atlanta race leading 45 laps before a last turn accident spoiled the win. He went on to bring home the team's best finish at the season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in the second place position - providing the momentum they plan on carrying into the 2006 season. With a successful test this past weekend at the Daytona International Speedway behind them, the No. 60 Con-Way Toyota Tundra team (www.wylerracing.com) is focused on the season opener February 17th at the Daytona International Speedway.
"We have one expectation for 2006 and it is to win the Championship for Con-Way, Wyler Racing and Toyota," said Jack Sprague. "The combinations of talent the Wyler's have put together with Tony Furr at the helm, Toyota's support and now with Con-Way aboard we have already taken our first step towards a championship year. This series has grown so much since its beginnings and it really speaks volumes for the sport of truck racing when an organization of Con-Way's caliber comes aboard. It should be an exciting year for all their employees and customers."
Sprague holds the most records in the history of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and is the only three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion -- 1997, 1999 and 2001. His records include winning the most poles- 28 total, the most top-five and top-10 finishes, miles completed, miles led and most races finished on the lead lap and is second on the all-time win list with 25 trips to victory lane.
"We're excited about working with the 20,000 plus employees of Con-Way," said David Wyler, President of Wyler Racing. "We want their employees to be a part of Wyler Racing and we are looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship with them."
For more information on Con-Way visit www.con-way.com.