JR Motorsports Takes a Huge Step First in-house car is completed Mooresville, NC (January 17, 2006) -- January 16, 2006 will go down as a watershed moment in the infant beginnings of JR Motorsports. Late in the evening the crew fired off...
JR Motorsports Takes a Huge Step
First in-house car is completed
Mooresville, NC (January 17, 2006) -- January 16, 2006 will go down as a watershed moment in the infant beginnings of JR Motorsports.
Late in the evening the crew fired off the very first in-house, No. 88 NAVY Chevrolet to be powered by a Richard Childress Racing motor. The Hopkins chassis was skinned by the JR Motorsports fabrication department that is headed by Robert, Jr. and Jimmy Gee. The Gee brothers are uncles of car owner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and the sons of racing fabrication pioneer, Robert Gee, Sr.
The Monte Carlo will make its debut this weekend at Daytona International Speedway at the test session for the Hershey Kissables 300 that will kick off the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series season.
"To see that car running gave everyone in the shop a warm feeling," said Mark McFarland, driver of the No. 88 NAVY Chevrolet. "It was great to see a finished product that was spawned from so much hard work by everyone."
Earnhardt, Jr. echoes those same sentiments.
"I know it may become over-stated, but four years ago we were running street stocks at Concord Motorsports Park," sounded Earnhardt, Jr. "To have an in-house Busch Series car completed makes me proud to be these guys' car owner. All of these guys are like family and there hard work and dedication is definitely noted and appreciated."
Considering the success that this team is poised for, the night of January 16, 2006 will hold a special place in many hearts.
About the NAVY
The Navy has used its association with NASCAR over the past two years to
increase America's awareness of the opportunities to serve our
great country. We are very excited about further increasing our
awareness through NASCAR in 2006 by an association with JR Motorsports as
they exemplify Navy's commitment to grow and develop quality young
Sailors through service in the Navy.