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Jeffrey Earnhardt to make Sprint Cup Series debut at Richmond

JEUpper1_SmallGo 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.

About CorvetteParts.Net: Corvettes are all they do, so whether you’re looking for a complete interior for your vintage '58 Corvette or a performance accessory for your '09, they have the Corvette part you need and the expertise you want. For your Corvette exterior, they got you covered bumper-to-bumper. They even have emblems, moldings, grilles, bumpers and brackets, fiberglass, exterior trim and weather stripping. For the interior, they have steering wheels, seats, dash pads, consoles, carpeting, door panels, seat belts, interior trim and fasteners. Under the hood, they’ve got it all from air cleaners to exhaust systems, air conditioning, radiators, and valve covers all the way down to the decals and correct fasteners to bolt it all back together. For more information please visit www.corvetteparts.net or call 1-844-Tom-Keen.

About Go Green Racing: Go Green Racing currently fields Ford Fusion’s in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Bobby Labonte, Boris Said, & Josh Wise. Located in Race City USA; Mooresville, North Carolina. Go Green racing has competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time since 2014; fielding cars for some of NASCAR’s top drivers, including past champions. To learn more about Go Green Racing please visit www.Go-Green-Racing.com.

PERSISTENCE ABOUT TO PAY OFF FOR JEFFREY EARNHARDT

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."

EARNHARDT TO COMPETE IN EURO NASCAR THIS WEEKEND

1Brands 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 is Here

1Talladega, 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.

Top Fifteen at Bristol

2Jeffrey 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.

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Strong Run at Auto Club

1Auto 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.

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Early Setback for Earnhardt at Atlanta

2China 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.

Start: 34th

Finish: 32nd

Driver Points: 17th

Owner Points: 24th

Connect with Jeffrey Earnhardt and Viva Motorsports!

Facebook.com/JeffreyEarnhardt, and Facebook.com/VivaMotorsports.

On Twitter and Instagram: @jearnhardt1, and @VivaRacing55

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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!

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