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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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
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
(May 24, 2011) The New Orleans VooDoo, the Arena Football League (AFL), and Rick Ware Racing today jointly announced a partnership for the balance of the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series. The “New Orleans VooDoo Car” will appear in several upcoming NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Road America in Wisconsin on June 25th, and again at Daytona July 1.
Additionally, its driver at Daytona – Jeffrey Earnhardt – will be at the New Orleans Arena Friday, June 3rd along with the “New Orleans VooDoo Car” for the pre-game Fan Fest, and will serve as honorary captain for the game. The nationally televised NFL Network Arena Football “Game of the Week” will feature the top ranked Jacksonville Sharks against the New Orleans VooDoo, who are making their third home appearance of the season on the NFL Network.
Rick Ware – Rick Ware Racing Team owner – said, “We are excited to join forces with the Arena Football League and the New Orleans VooDoo for an exciting NASCAR and arena football season for our fans. Both of us share the same fans who are always looking for an exciting and entertaining sports experience. Together we’re going to take that experience up a notch starting in New Orleans.”
As part of the June 3rd experience, one of the fans who attend the game will win a random drawing for an all expense paid trip for two to the July 1st Nationwide Race at Daytona where they’ll be part of the official Jeffrey Earnhardt Pit Crew. (contest winner must be at least 18 years of age)
Fans will be able to see the “New Orleans VooDoo Car” in person, meet Jeffrey Earnhardt, get his autograph, and purchase limited edition t-shirts for this event at the June 3rd New Orleans VooDoo Fan Fest from 5 to 6:30 PM at the New Orleans Arena prior to the game. The Fan Fest before every VooDoo home game includes a band, face painting for kids, autographs from VooDoo players and VooDoo Dolls, and is always free to the public.
Rick Ware Racing is giving away a block of tickets to the June 3rd VooDoo game against the Jacksonville Sharks. Interested people need to call the VooDoo office during normal office hours at 504-875-3900 to secure tickets while they last. The winner for the Daytona trip must be present at the June 3rd VooDoo game to win.
“I am very proud and excited about the next several months coming up,” stated owner Rick Ware of Rick Ware Racing. “RWR has formed an alliance with the AFL starting with the New Orleans Voodoo this coming weekend. Jeffery’s car will be on display and be doing the "coin toss" for the live NFL broadcasted game!”
“This will be the kick off to several new sponsors for RWR, Jeffery and teammate Timmy Hill. The fan base of the AFL and NFL is huge and share the same demographics as NASCAR. We have received a huge response already to the radio promotions in New Orleans area and this is just the tip of the iceberg for our new sponsors and fans. Jeffery will be making his Nationwide Daytona debut this July where he finished 7th in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck race this past February and will be alongside his teammate, Timmy Hill who is leading the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings. Both will be sporting new National companies as well as the AFL and Voodoo logos! As Jeffery will be greeting the thousands of fans at the Voodoo fan fest, Timmy Hill will be continuing the charge at Chicago in his #15 Ford Mustang in the Nationwide Series.”
Jeffrey Earnhardt’s 2011 season started with a top 10 finish at Daytona in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series. That effort was followed up with several strong outings in the truck races. In Martinsville’s Kroger 250, the 4th generation Earnhardt driver maneuvered his Rick Ware Racing #1 truck from a 28th place starting position into the top 6 before failing brakes on the #31 truck ended the day for both competitors. When the trucks sponsor changed teams, Jeffrey and Rick Ware solidified their partnership and went to work to prepare for the future. That future begins on May 28th at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Nationwide Series Top Gear 300 at 2:30pm, televised live on ABC.
“We had a lot of momentum in the truck series and it was disappointing when the sponsor left but that happens in this business and you have to move on”, said Earnhardt. “I’m a competitor. Whether it’s racing on a track or pulling the team together to work with sponsors, failure is not an option. Rick and his team have been great and the upcoming Charlotte race is a new beginning. I’m very excited to be back in a car and we’re thrilled to have Pepsi Max & On the Run stores on the ride.” Additional sponsors include Fastwax.com, Lilly Trucking, Nuts Off Penetrating Lubricant and Peelsplus.com.
“We are looking forward to having Jeffrey in the #41 at Charlotte in the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” stated owner Rick Ware. “The past month has been extremely exciting at RWR with Jeffrey making the jump to the Nationwide Series. He will be joining the Sunoco Rookie of the Year point leader, Timmy Hill and the future looks really bright for our organization.”
For more information visit www.wareracing.net or you can also follow the team on Twitter at @rickwareracing