Adam Petty announces plans for 1999 CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 13, 1999) Since the beginning of NASCAR racing, the Petty family has been making history. That tradition will continue in 1999 when 18-year-old Adam Petty becomes the first ...
Adam Petty announces plans for 1999
CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 13, 1999) Since the beginning of NASCAR racing, the Petty family has been making history. That tradition will continue in 1999 when 18-year-old Adam Petty becomes the first fourth-generation driver to compete in a major NASCAR touring division.
At a press conference at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Adam, Kyle and Richard Petty, along with representatives of Spree Prepaid Foncards, announced Wednesday that Spree will sponsor the youngest Petty in the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division in 1999.
Adam Petty, who in 1999 became the youngest driver to win both an ASA race and an ARCA race, will drive No. 45 Pontiacs and Chevrolets out of the PE2 stable of his father, NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Kyle Petty. Lance Deiters will serve as crew chief for the Spree team.
"Last year, Spree gave me the chance to run full time in the ASA," Adam Petty said. "Now we're going to the Busch Series, and I'm really excited that Spree and Sprint are going with us. They've been a great partner and have helped keep me connected to my dad and granddad."
In his first season as a professional driver, the fourth racing Petty experienced remarkable success. He won two poles and a race in ASA in 1998. The victory, in only his 10th start, came at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo., two weeks before his 18th birthday. Petty broke the record of current NASCAR Winston Cup Series star Mark Martin as the youngest driver to win an ASA race.
Petty made history again in his first ARCA start, at Charlotte Motor Speedway. At 18 years, three months of age, he begame the youngest superspeedway winner in ARCA history, breaking the record held by his father. Kyle Petty was 18 years, eight months when he won in his first ARCA start, at Daytona in 1979.
In addition to primary sponsorship of the No. 45 NASCAR Busch Series car, Spree will continue to be an associate sponsor on the No. 43 NASCAR Winston Cup Series car owned by Richard Petty and driven by John Andretti, and on the No. 44 NASCAR Winston Cup Series car owned and driven by Kyle Petty.
Source: NASCAR Online