BUSCH: Jose Luis Ramirez lands Mexico City ride

Jose Luis Ramirez to Pilot the ...

Jose Luis Ramirez to Pilot the #43 DelValle Entry at Mexico City Busch Series Race

- Hispanic Driver inks Driver Development with CAPG/looks forward to racing at historic home track -

Mooresville, NC (February 14, 2005) -- NASCAR Grand National West Series driver Jose Luis Ramirez will make his NASCAR Busch Series debut in the #43 Del Valle Nectars Curb-Agajanian Entry at the world famous Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez race course. The deal will also include a driver development contract between CAPG and the Mexico City native that may include events later in the year in the #43. Long-time Ramirez supporter Del Valle Nectars will be the primary sponsor of the effort.

Del Valle--A company that cares

Del Valle is one of the fastest growing brands of fruit nectars and juices in America. Fifty years of experience manufacturing food products in the United States, Mexico and Brazil contributes to their leading reputation for quality. The strictest possible standards in the way they grow the fruit, the way they harvest it and ultimately in the way they process and package it are the backbone of Valle's commitment to excellence. At Del Valle, they believe in handling everything with its due respect. It's a philosophy that translates not only into what they produce but how they treat the environment.

To keep Mother Nature happy, they help farmer's plant and care for their crop, which also assures them of meeting their standards for quality. Before any fruit becomes Valle product it is inspected for color, ripeness and physical condition, a process most appreciated by their customers. In 1994, they commissioned the construction of one of the most technologically advanced plants to date for the treatment of wastewater. And recently they completed a park called "Frutsi Home", where nearly fifty thousand children a year learn about nature, ecology and the environment.

Jose Luis Ramirez--Going home

The NASCAR Busch Series Race at Mexico City will be an adventure for most of NASCAR's traveling community, but it will be a homecoming for Jose Luis Ramirez. The talented NASCAR Grand National Division-West Series driver will return home to a circuit where he has hundreds of laps. Ramirez competed in the season opening Copper World Classic at the Phoenix International Raceway where fuel pickup problems late in the event contributed to a 28th place finish. He finished 10th in the West Series points in 2004 with two top-10 finishes driving for Performance Motorsports. A sixth place finish at the Stockton 99 finish in May is his career best backed up with a tenth place finish at the California Speedway in his first super-speedway start. Ramirez capped off an impressive rookie year by being invited to and competing in the Toyota All-Star Showdown at the Irwindale Speedway.

"It will be an honor to race in this first NASCAR Busch Series race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez course. Even with the changes in the layout, I believe that my experience there will help me out a great deal", said Ramirez. "It will also be a thrill to race with my fellow countrymen during this event. I consider Adrian Fernandez a hero and to be on the same track with him will be something I never forget".


"NASCAR's Drive for Diversity has really inspired all of us. The Busch Series Race at Mexico City gives a great platform to introduce Jose Luis to the NASCAR Busch Series," said Cary Agajanian. "Our goal is to give him a great car and the best coaching and allow Jose Luis to put his best foot forward in his first series race."

"We are pleased to be working with Jose and Del Valle in this venture. He is a great kid and it really is our pleasure to allow him the opportunity to race in his home country, in his home city and at his home track. Not many get the opportunity to accomplish their dreams. This race at this time gives Jose this chance. We are just thrilled for him, "said Mike Curb.


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Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Jose Luis Ramirez