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Jeffrey Strong at Daytona

1Daytona, FL - Daytona International Speedway had many firsts during this weekends inaugural Xfinity Series Alert Today Florida 300 race. It was the debut for Xfinity as Series title sponsor, the first race for driver Jeffrey Earnhardt with his new team Viva Motorsports and the beginning of a promising partnership with new sponsor, Fronius USA. Saturdays activities began with Jeffrey qualifying in the 13th position and starting in row 7 for the days race. Immediately after the green flag waived Jeffrey knew he was piloting something special with the Fronius #55 Chevrolet. "i knew Jamie and the Viva Motorsports team were working hard to put me in a good car but the Fronius 55 exceeded my expectations" said Earnhardt. "We were able to keep up with the top teams and the car gave me confidence we could compete with anyone out there."

On a day when the yellow flag remained under wraps for the majority of the race, pit stops were critical to the teams success. "The race stayed green for a lot longer than expected in Daytona so our pits were going to be key to staying in the mix. When we came in to pit the #18 car stopped in our box and almost ran over our jackman" stated Jeffrey. "I'm glad he was able to avoid getting run over but it hurt our momentum and made it difficult to recover without more cautions. We finished with a top 20 (16th) which is good considering the late wreck and I'm happy we completed the race with most of the race car. I can't thank our sponsor Fronius enough and I'm looking forward to Atlanta to give the Fronius car another run."

Jeffrey's next race will be the Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway this Saturday, February 28th at 1:30pm ET. The race will be televised on Fox Sports 1 and broadcast on Sirius Channel 90.

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Jeffrey Earnhardt Moves to Viva Motorsports

10945607_381670338680642_3429456924101160280_nChina Grove, NC (February 2, 2015) – Viva Motorsports has signed Jeffrey Earnhardt to be behind the wheel of the No. 55 Fronius USA Chevrolet starting with the Alert Today 300 at Daytona International Speedway. Earnhardt brings with him a wealth of experience for a young driver, having previously competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Rolex Series Grand-Am Sports Car Series and in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2009.

Jeffrey Earnhardt, a fourth generation driver carries the Earnhardt legacy into the next step of his career. The grandson of legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Sr. is quickly approaching his 100th start in the NASCAR ranks. Earnhardt looks forward to reaching that milestone and many more while driving a Viva Motorsports racecar.

“I am extremely excited and humbled for the opportunity to drive for Viva Motorsports. After becoming friends last season, I knew Viva Motorsports was where I wanted to be,” said Earnhardt. “What Jamie (Dick) has done with Viva Motorsports is incredible. What a lot of people don’t know is Jamie is only 25 years old. He started with a couple cars and has built it into an awesome team! I can’t say it enough how excited I am to be apart of this. Daytona can’t get here fast enough. I also want to thank Fronius USA for coming on board. I’m not the best welder, but what better way to learn then with the best welders in the world.”

Viva Motorsports team owner, Jamie Dick, is also enthusiastic about the new partnership with Earnhardt and Fronius USA, “Jeffrey is a great talent and he will bring a lot to our team on and off the racetrack. With Viva Motorsports equipment, Fronius USA support, and Jeffrey behind the wheel, we will be a force to be reckoned with when the season kicks off.”

Partnership opportunities for the 2015 Xfintiy Series season are still available.

About Fronius USA: For over 65 years the name Fronius has stood for intensive research Fronius_Logoand the constant search for new, innovative solutions. Our state-of-the-art products have received numerous international awards for innovation, environmental stewardship and best practices. In the field of welding technology, Fronius is a competent partner to the international automotive industry and other metalworking industries where high quality is a major concern.

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2014 Season in Review

jeffrey-earnhardt-clt-2-2014Mooresville, NC – Jeffrey Earnhardt completed the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series season finishing 18th in points. Like all teams there were highs and lows but overall the drivers first full season was a success.

“This year was a great experience for me” said Jeffrey. “Getting the opportunity to run full time was important to my career and learning the different tracks is something we can build on. There were a few races where we had bad luck with getting wrecked and some mechanical failures but that’s part of racing. I really appreciate everything Johnny & Gary at JD Motorsports did for me and look forward to improving next season.”

Jeffrey caught the attention of fans, media and competitors this year with strong performances for the small team. And on one Bristol night his famous uncle, Dale Jr. had this to tweet “Proud as hell of you @Jearnhardt1” after he ran the underdog car to a 12th place finish.

“I think people know that we were underfunded and making a lot out of a little. I’m looking forward to the offseason to build a large enough sponsor base to compete for wins next year” stated Jeffrey.

Jeffrey is working on his 2015 plans and will be making announcements in the coming weeks so stay tuned and have a great Thanksgiving!