Stewart-Haas Racing, which in its two years of existence has become a front-line NASCAR team, got some good news Tuesday: The U.S. Army will return for a third season with the team in 2011.
The Army will serve as a primary sponsor for Ryan Newman's No. 39 SHR Chevrolet, next year, as well as a primary sponsor for Tony Schumacher’s NHRA Top Fuel dragster.
In addition to serving as the primary sponsor of the No. 39 for 15 races, including the Daytona 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the military branch will be an associate sponsor on the No. 39 car for the remaining races and an associate sponsor on Tony Stewart's No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet for the entire 2011 season.
“We’re honored to continue the strong partnership with the U.S. Army,” said team co-owner Stewart in a statement issued by the team on Tuesday. “Together, we have accomplished great things both on and off the track, and shared some very impactful experiences with the soldiers who defend our country. Those brave men and women are inspiring to all of us at Stewart-Haas Racing, and we’re proud to represent them again in 2011.”
“It’s been an awesome responsibility and honor to represent more than one million Army strong soldiers,” said Newman. “The Army branding on our Chevrolet and uniforms inspires every individual on the No. 39 team. I can’t think of having better teammates than our brave soldiers who have dedicated their lives to preserve our freedom. There is nothing we want more than to drive the Soldiers’ car to victory lane.”
After qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2009, Newman finished 15th in points in 2010. He scored his first win in the No. 39 car at Phoenix International Raceway in April, and racked up a pole, four top-five and 14 top-10 finishes during the 2010 campaign.
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