Jeffrey Earnhardt has announced a multi year contract with GoFas Racing beginning with the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. His news is bolstered by the tandem announcement that BRP’s Can-Am brand will sponsor Jeffrey Earnhardt in the No. 32 GoFAS Racing Team’s Ford for 11 races and as an associate sponsor for 23 events as the fourth-generation racer competes for 2016 Rookie of the Year honors in the Sprint Cup Series.
“My goal has always been to become a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver so this partnership between GoFAS, Kappa, Cyclops Gear and Can-Am is huge for me,” Earnhardt said. “I'm thrilled to have Can-Am on board as our partner for 2016. I'm an avid outdoorsman and their products are the gold standard for outdoor sports, so it's a perfect fit. With Can-Am supporting our team we're certain to increase our competitiveness throughout the 2016 season.
Earnhardt has been working hard to make his way to Sprint Cup and with this deal begins the next chapter in his racing career. "I said it before, it's been a long road. We've been working hard and we finally made it to the dance. I'm looking forward to racing full time and working with Archie, Mason and the GoFas team to exceed our sponsors expectations and grow our program similar to what the 78 team's done over the past few years" commented Jeffrey.
RICHMOND, Va.- NASCAR's premiere division rolled into Richmond International Raceway this past week with multiple story lines surrounding the final race to enter the Chase. Chase entry scenarios ranged from the #1 taking the green flag to nothing short of a victory to enter NASCAR's playoff season. One driver had an entirely different goal. Jeffrey Earnhardt was piloting the #32 CorvetteParts.net - Beerfrost.com Ford Fusion owned by Go Green Racing and it was his first opportunity to enter a Sprint Cup Series race. This opportunity has not come easy for the 4th generation driver with the most popular last name in American motorsports. "It's been a long road" said Jeffrey when questioned about his chance to compete with his famous uncle and other Cup Series drivers. "I always get questions about why I haven't been in Cup or driven at one of the big teams in Xfinity and candidly speaking, it comes down to funding. I didn't have some of the benefits the other young drivers did so I realized the only way I was going to get here was to form my own company and work my way thru the ranks." Earnhardt has competed in Truck, Xfinity, Grand Am and this year drove in his first NASCAR Euro Series race. "I'm doing things the old fashioned way I guess" joked Jeffrey. "I've learned a lot about business, racing, relationships and have confidence we're on the right path."
That path started Saturday with Jeffrey driving his way into the race and starting in the 42nd position. Go Green and Earnhardt were challenged by handling issues throughout the race but when the checkered flag waived, the #32 finished with only minor bumps & bruises. "We're all competitors so of course we wanted a better finish but in the big scheme of things, it's a marathon for us. This race represents a major accomplishment in my progress and now we have to take the next steps to build upon it" commented Jeffrey.
Fortunately for Earnhardt and his growing fan base, those steps are now being paved. Nikko Lavey who works with Earnhardt at JEI had this to say, "Jeffrey's a persistent young man and after several years of hard work, plenty of highs & lows, we're able to make announcements in the upcoming weeks that are certain to bring a smile to all involved."
This is great news for Earnhardt fans and for everyone with a dream and the will to pursue it.
Go Green Racing (GGR) is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Earnhardt will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) debut with GGR in the No. 32 Ford Fusion at Richmond International Speedway during the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sept. 12, 2015. This will mark the return of two Earnhardts competing in the NSCS for the first time in over a decade.
"I'm really excited to get this opportunity and thrilled that CorvetteParts.Net is sponsoring my debut in Sprint Cup,” commented Earnhardt. "The Keens have been very good to me and having their company be part of an important day in my career is pretty cool. I appreciate everyone at Go Green Racing for making this happen and look forward to doing my best to make it a good debut."
The 26-year-old, Mooresville, North Carolina, native has three previous starts in NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) with longtime GGR sponsor CorvetteParts.Net, as they will once again team with Earnhardt and GGR for the event at Richmond. The Federated Auto Parts 400 will mark Earnhardt's return to GGR. In 2012, Earnhardt made one start for Archie St.Hilaire in the NXS while making 16 starts in 2013.
“Tom and I have been waiting for this announcement like expectant parents,” said CorvetteParts.Net owner TJ Keen. “We are very excited to have Jeffrey back in the CorvetteParts.net (Keen Parts) uniform and look forward to having him wheel the Go Green Racing No.32 Ford Fusion at Richmond. We are extremely honored to be affiliated with Archie St. Hilaire and the entire organization. Every member on this team gives 100 percent week in and week out and their positive attitude and desire is none to compare.”
“Mason and I are really looking forward to Jeffrey’s first start in the Sprint Cup Series with the 32 team,” stated team owner St.Hilaire. “Jeffrey drove for us in the XFINITY series a few years back and worked really well with our crew chief Clinton Cram. I think their relationship will help Jeffrey move up into the Cup series a smooth transition and hopefully be the start of something great for the future!”
The Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Speedway will air live on NBCSN beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 12.
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Mooresville, NC - Jeffrey and crew have been working hard to get him back on the track and we're pleased to let you know that good things are on the horizon.
"Things change in this sport on a regular basis so I've learned to remain persistent even when things don't go as planned" said Earnhardt. "Viva Motorsports sold to new ownership and now our group had to change gears to seek out new opportunities. I'm happy to say we found something that is really exciting and gives me the stability we've lacked over the past year. We're fine tuning the details but I'm certain our fans are going to enjoy the news and I'm looking forward to getting back behind the wheel. Stay tuned and we'll share the news as soon as we can."
Brands Hatch, United Kingdom - Jeffrey Earnhardt crossed the pond this week to compete in Euro NASCAR's American Speedfest III. "It was an invitation I couldn't resist" said a smiling Jeffrey. "I've never been to the UK and getting the chance to come here and compete at Brands Hatch was such a cool opportunity it took me less than a second to start packing my bags." Jeffrey will be driving the #55 car like he does at Viva Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Whelen title sponsorship adorning the car. Simpson and Fronius USA will be major sponsors for Jeffrey's first Euro NASCAR effort with the green flag dropping on Saturday during the showcase event.
Jerome Galpin, President/CEO of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series commented: "We are very happy to have Jeffrey racing with us at Brands Hatch. The Earnhardt family is one of the most famous in motorsport and it demonstrates once again, the close relationship between European and American NASCAR series. More and more drivers are crossing the ocean. Euro drivers to race in NASCAR in the USA and US drivers to join the Euro-NASCAR pack which is fast becoming one of the premier series in Europe. English fans will have a great opportunity to attend a unique event- we are ready to roar!"
Dave Willey, Brands Hatch Motorsport Events Manager added: "The Earnhardt name resonates not just with NASCAR fans, but all of us who are involved with motor racing across the globe. I would like to extend a warm welcome to Jeffrey and hope to see him competing at the sharp end at American Speedfest III and put on a great show for the fans on the Indy circuit."
Earnhardt is enjoying his first day with BBC interviews and a number of meet & greets with fans from across the Atlantic. "Day one has been outstanding and I'm really getting excited for this weekend. It's a new experience and I can't thank Jerome and his team enough for their hospitality. Motorsports are so popular in the UK and Euro NASCAR is getting a lot of fan growth. I'm totally pumped to compete hard and help make this weekend a great show" said Jeffrey. "Thanks to Simpson, Fronius and Viva for their support and we'll keep the fans back home posted on our UK adventure."
Talladega, AL (May 3, 2015) - Drivers with the last name Earnhardt had a great weekend at Talladega in both series. Dale Jr. won the Sprint Cup Series race and Jeffrey competed all day in the Xfinity Series finishing in 12th place.
"We had a strong car that could run up front" commented the younger Earnhardt. "I was logging fast laps and knew if I could keep it clean we'd be in good shape towards the end." Keeping it clean was easier said than done but Jeffrey avoided multiple crashes and with some great efforts by the VIVA team, was in position to race for the win with only slight repairs to the front end. "I got sandwiched a bit early on but the guys did a great job taping the damage without hurting our speed" said Jeffrey. "With a few laps left I was able to push the #3 but didn't get any help from behind. We tried running the top but we needed a few more cars to get with the leaders. Finishing 12th was good but I'm anxious to get back there cause I feel like we can win there for sure."
Earnhardt compiled the 15 fastest lap times at the race and had fans standing on their feet cheering when he teamed up with his grandfathers famous #3 car currently driven by Ty Dillon of RCR. The FW1-VIva Auto Group #55 Chevrolet made a statement that day and Jeffrey and team are looking forward to the next opportunity to get back on the track to build upon their success.
Jeffrey received the call days before the race from Jamie Dick advising him that he wanted Earnhardt to pilot the #55 Viva Motorsports Camaro during the 33rd Annual Drive to Stop Diabetes 300. It was that same disease that sidelined Dick so Jeffrey welcomed the chance to participate in a race that would further efforts to help people suffering from diabetes. "It's been tough to see Jamie get this diagnosis so with this title sponsorship for the Bristol race I was glad to do anything I could to help contribute to the cause" said Earnhardt.
Starting in the 20th position, Earnhardt battled throughout the day and was able to finish with a finishing position of 15th. "There was a lot going on out there today and we had a spin but I was able to hang on to it and finish the race with a top 20" commented Jeffrey. "Bristol is always a wild ride and I hope our fans enjoyed the day. Would have preferred a better finish but 15th was ok considering some of the day's challenges."
The next race for Jeffrey is at Talladega Superspeedway on May 2nd during the Winn Dixie 300 with FW1 Fastwax leading the way.
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana CA - Jeffrey Earnhardt received the call to replace team owner Jamie Dick behind the wheel of the #55 Viva Auto Group Chevrolet after Dick received medical news of his diagnosis with diabetes. "Hearing about Jamie's condition was terrible. He's been very good to me and to have someone as nice as him having to get that news stopped me in my tracks" said Earnhardt. "I'm happy he asked me to come out and drive but my thoughts are on his health."
Jeffrey flew out as soon as he received word and the team made the changes necessary to get Earnhardt in the drivers seat. Starting from the 27th position, it wasn't long before the #55 maneuvered through the competition and was demonstrating that even on short notice driver & team were ready to compete. "The guys did a great job setting up the car and after we made some adjustments we found ourselves running in the top 15. As we saw the speeds picking up we decided to stay out and had the #55 leading the race for 3 laps" commented Jeffrey. "Our lap times were strong and if we didn't have the power issue I'm pretty sure we would have finished with a top 10."
That power issue ended up being a battery failure that required a long stop that sent the Viva Autogroup AutogroupChevrolet into a prolonged repair and 4 laps down. Once repaired, Earnhardt didn't yield another lap and remained competitive with the race leader times. Jeffrey said, "these things happen. It's a shame it happened on a day when we were clearly competitive but that's racing. Hopefully we'll have more days with strong runs and the breaks will be in our favor."
Jeffrey is working with Jamie to plan more races this season and will have news on the next race with Earnhardt piloting the #55 soon.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jamie Dick for his quick recovery.
China Grove, N.C. (March 2nd, 2015) – It was a long day for Jeffrey Earnhardt and his Viva Motorsports team as a part failure relegated them to a 32nd place finish in the Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The No. 55 Fronius USA/Viva Auto Group Chevrolet rolled off in 34th place after Earnhardt and Crew Chief Mark Setzer struggled to find the qualifying feel they were looking for. However, as soon as the green flag dropped Earnhardt started picking his way through the field. The forward march was short-lived as a broken shock mount on the right rear sent the Fronius USA/Viva Auto Group machine sliding through turns 3 and 4, bringing out the caution. Earnhardt pulled into the garage and the Viva Motorsports crew replaced the broken component, but not before the field went back to green flag racing. This deficit could not be overcome for the remainder of the race despite Earnhardt’s ability to run lap times competitive with the leaders.
Driver Points: 17th
Owner Points: 24th
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