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Next Generation Earnhardt Swaps His Ride and Joins Ford Camp for 2012 Rolex Grand AM Championship Run

September 8, 2011 (Thomasville, NC)

Jeffrey Earnhardt made the announcement during his weekly radio appearance with SiriusXm’s Claire B. Lang last week that he will be competing for the 2012 Rolex Grand Am Series Championship in the GT Class with Rick Ware Racing.

The 4th generation Earnhardt driver surprised everyone with his latest news. “I am officially Swapping my Ride!” he proclaimed and will trade in his bowtie allegiance that has been synonymous with the Earnhardt name for decades and head to the Ford camp.

Jeffrey Earnhardt will pilot the #15 Ford GT Mustang, a move that will reflect his grandfather, Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s, move with Bud Moore in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in 1982, exactly 30 years ago.

“This is a great opportunity for me, Rick Ware Racing and the Ford organization,” Jeffrey Earnhardt stated.

“Roush-Yates & Roush-Fenway are top notch organizations so when Rick told me that RWR was going with their technology, it became clear that this was the right decision. Rick’s team is going full bore to make sure we can compete for a championship in the Rolex Series and you can bet that Roush Yates powered Ford GT Mustang is going to be driven as hard as I can press it. Mustangs are the classic renegade muscle cars so I guess this Earnhardt in a Ford is a good match.”

Earnhardts counting down the days until the team begins testing later this month.

“The car looks awesome. Each time I head to the shop the guys progress on the car is incredible. I can’t wait to get it out on the track.”

Rick Ware Racing has expanded their operations last month to an additional 24,000 square feet specifically for the Grand Am program. RWR will now occupy both their current building and the previously owned Petty Motorsports building that housed the late Adam Petty’s racing program. Both buildings are directly across the street from each other.

“These are great times at RWR and the growth of our organization was inevitable. The newest facility will host the Rick Ware Racing NASCAR Grand-Am Series Ford Mustang program,” stated Rick Ware.

Ware’s entrance into the Grand Am Rolex program will be fielding two full time entries in 2012. Their NASCAR Nationwide Series fleet of 11 Ford Mustangs driven by the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year point leader, Timmy Hill, will remain at their current facility to help grow that program to new heights.

“It wasn’t that long ago that there were several NASCAR teams here in Thomasville. We want to show that growth with an organization can still happen right here in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. We have everything we need between the two facilities to showcase our program in both NASCAR and Grand Am.”

“It’s a fresh and exciting time here with Jeffrey and the Grand Am program as well as what Timmy has been doing in the Nationwide Series. Collectively we have grown into a team that can market year round with solid performances that reach millions, something that every company in motorsports marketing desires,” stated Ware.

RWR will field the #14 and #15 Ford Mustang GT’s for the season with the #16 third car competing by the third race of the season on. Additional sponsors and drivers will be announced soon. In addition, RWR will also compete with this years 11th place finishing Tafel Porsche GT3 at the 24 Hours as well.

RWR now houses a fleet of Nationwide, Camping World Truck, K&N, ARCA, Legends, Allison Legacy, Bandelaros, Grand Am Series, Sprint Cup and HSR cars in their 45,000 square foot, 11 acre facility, complete with 9 offices , two paint booths, bondo booth, engine room, storefront and a showroom.

For more information please visit www.wareracing.com or follow the team on twitter @rickwareracing Check out Jeffrey’s facebook page www.facebook.com/jeffreyearnhardt

Jeffrey to announce his ride for 2012 Grand Am Effort

07 September 2011: Jeffrey joins Claire B. Lang on SiriusXM Radio tonight live at 9pm (NASCAR channel 90) to announce his car for the 2012 Rolex Grand Am run for the championship. Tune in and then check out his facebook page at www.facebook.com/jeffreyearnhardt to read the official press release.

Jeffrey Earnhardt makes 2012 Rolex Grand Am announcement on SiriusXM, Claire B. Lang Show

Listen to it here!

SiriusXM, Claire B. Lang - Jeffrey Earnhardt Announcement (Click here to play)

Earnhardt to run for title in Grand Am Series in 2012

The Earnhardt family has accomplished nearly every goal set in racing. Jeffrey Earnhardt will now set his goal on a family first……winning the championship in the NASCAR owned Grand Am Series.

Jeffrey Earnhardt has signed a deal to place him in a full season of Grand Am Racing in 2012 in the Rolex GT Class with Rick Ware Racing.

Earnhardt made his series debut at the 2011 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona with RWR in a GT3 Porsche and finished 11th in class and 25th overall, a huge accomplishment for the organizations entrance in the grueling around the clock event.

“I have never experienced any type of racing like that before. It was definitely a rush and look forward to competing in the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2012 with RWR again,” stated Jeffrey Earnhardt.

Earnhardt will be displaying the number 15 for the 2012 season, a number his grandfather, Dale Earnhardt, competed with 30 years ago in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.

“The 15 number is a pretty cool deal. I have seen pictures of the car he drove with it before he jumped into the 3. To start my Grand Am career with it will hold a special place to our family and fans.”

Jeffrey Earnhardt will also make his Indianapolis Motor Speedway debut as the Grand Am Series heads to the “Brickyard” for the inaugural event during the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend.

“To compete at the Brickyard is a dream for any racer in any series. The history is rich and the atmosphere is electric. To be a part of the inaugural event makes it that much sweeter,” claimed Earnhardt.

The North Carolina native will be making the jump from NASCAR to the Grand Am Series to compete full time, something rarely done.

“I have always done well on road courses, so this seems like the natural progression for my career. Besides that, Grand Am has a great marketing avenue to sponsors that reaches globally and yet is more interactive with fans with their hauler-garage setups, something we are looking forward to exploring with our program.”

Earnhardt and Rick Ware Racing will be making announcements for the car manufacturer, sponsors and co-drivers in the upcoming weeks.

For more information on Jeffrey Earnhardt visit www.jeffreyearnhardt.com or visit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JeffreyEarnhardt

For more information visit www.wareracing.com or you can also follow the team on Twitter at @rickwareracing

Jeffrey Announcing 2012 Plans Live Tonight on SiriusXM

Jeffrey Earnhardt will be announcing his 2012 plans live on SiriusXM Satellite Radio this evening with Claire B, Lang.

Tune in to the NASCAR channel (90) to hear it live! The announcement will also be posted on http://www.facebook.com/jeffreyearnhardt after the show.

First Jeffrey Earnhardt FW1 Race Shirt Now Available!

This FW1 FastWax race shirt was Jeffrey’s first ever race shirt and will no longer be printed. There are less than 500 left in M, L, XL and 2XL. When they’re gone, they’re gone for good, so get yours today!

Click here to visit Jeffrey's online store!

Earnhardt collects career high in Nationwide at Daytona

Jeffrey Earnhardt made his second NASCAR Nationwide Series start of 2011 at Daytona International Speedway this weekend and showed everyone he is a contender each time he hits the historic track.

Earnhardt finished 11th in the his Grand-Am Series debut in January and backed that up with a 7th in his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event in February.

Jeffrey qualified in the 27th position and paired up quickly with his RWR teammate, Timmy Hill. The two rookies practiced the two car draft up until just a handful of laps remained when it became a free for all.

"We had worked with Timmy all race and when the green dropped with seven to go we started moving to the front when we got separated. I got shuffled back pretty good with three to go until we got hooked up with Bliss (#19)."

Bliss tagged the bumper of the #41 Fastwax Chevy and the two ran down the pack from the 31st position to the Top 20 in just two laps.

"That 19 was awesome and pushed me like I have never been pushed. We ducked in and out of other two car groups like they were sitting still and crossed in 17th under caution. It was a great finish for the Fastwax car and I am looking forward to getting behind the wheel again."

After further review, NASCAR placed Earnhardt in the 19th position, still a career high in the Nationwide Series.

Earnhardt returns to Daytona

Jeffrey Earnhardt’s 2011 season started with a top 10 finish at Daytona in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series. Now the 4th generation driver of the Earnhardt family will try to duplicate that feat in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the running of the Subway Jalapeno 250 on Friday night.

Earnhardt will pilot the #41 Fastwax.com Chevy in his first Nationwide Series event at the track that has had great success for his family and scored Jeffrey his career high thus far in his young career.

“I am really excited to race the Fastwax.com Chevy at Daytona for RWR,” stated Earnhardt. “This will be my third race on the newly paved surface at Daytona for 2011. I can’t thank Fastwax.com enough. They have been by my side since 2009 and that means a lot in this industry. Their effort along with RWR to continue to put me behind the wheel is a blessing and I am looking forward to giving them a great run Friday night.”

Earnhardt made his 2011 Nationwide Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway but a failed rear end gear cut his day short after moving through the field early in the event. This weekend, Jeffrey looks to show his strength at the high banks of Daytona with his new relationship with the Arena Football League’s New Orleans Voodoo with special guests from their fan base.

“I got the opportunity to meet the great folks in New Orleans last month at the AFL Voodoo game. To experience an Arena Football game was exciting and full of action. Now we get to cross over the AFL fans into NASCAR and have their fans experience the excitement of NASCAR and the action we can provide.”

The NASCAR Nationwide Series action begins on Thursday at 2:30 and 5:30 with practice for the Subway Jalapeno 250. Qualifying is set for Friday at 2:10 and the green flag drops at 7:30pm on ESPN.

Earnhardt and Voodoo unveil a SUCCESS

As the Rick Ware Racing team was taking care of business at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend, owner Rick Ware, driver Jeffrey Earnhardt and RWR's marketing team hit the "Big Easy", New Orleans, Louisiana.

The unveiling of the New Orleans Voodoo/AFL car was full of fan fare as Jeffrey signed autographs and took photos with fans outside the Superdome. complete with hats, shirts, hero cards and the traditional Mardi Gras beads.

"The unveil was a huge success," stated owner Rick Ware. "There are a ton of fans in this region that rarely get to meet a driver or touch a car and I am glad we got the chance to do so."

As the Voodoo prepared for their game, honorary captain Jeffrey Earnhardt joined the team for the coin toss wearing his #1 Earnhardt Voodoo jersey and wished the team good luck against the league leading Jacksonville Sharks.

The highlight of the weekend occurred when the #41 Voodoo car hit midfield during the halftime show featured on the NFL network. The crowd of 10,000 plus fans in attendance went wild as Earnhardt introduced the Voodoo car to the Arena Football League spectators.

"I can't wait to drive this car to the front at Daytona!" stated Jeffrey. "Arena Football, New Orleans and the Voodoo are in for a great treat. I love this town and hope to come back to celebrate with them after the race!"

The New Orleans Voodoo/AFL car will compete at both Road America and

Earnhardts strong run diminished with new gear

Jeffrey Earnhardt visited the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the first time this weekend and showed quickly just how strong he can be. Earnhardt had to qualify on time in the #41 Nuts Off/Pepsi Max/Fastwax Chevy and posted his ride in the 29th position.

Earnhardt quickly moved through the pack and into the 24th position with clean and accurate passes as he and the RWR team dialed the car in.

Just as quickly as things happen in racing, the rear of Earnhardt's car went up in smoke with a broken gear while he was running 22nd on lap 71.

"That was a brand new car with a brand new gear. We are going to have to look at it when we get back to the shop but we got a good view of how good this car and driver are. Jeffrey drove a great race until that point and we look forward to making up some ground with him when he gets back in the car," stated owner Rick Ware

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