Hospitals to Be Primary Sponsor of Front Row Motorsports for Three Races
STATESVILLE, N.C. (January 18, 2018) – Shriners Hospitals for Children® will once again sponsor David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports’ (FRM) No. 38 Ford Fusion in 2018. Shriners Hospitals for Children will be the primary sponsor of Ragan during three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races: Dover International Speedway on May 6, Daytona International Speedway on July 7 and Bristol Motor Speedway on August 18.
For a third consecutive year, Shriners Hospitals for Children will support the on-track efforts of Ragan, who has a close relationship with the health care system. Ragan has been a member of Shriners International since 2012 and serves as its NASCAR ambassador. Ragan visits Shriners Hospitals during the race season and invites patients to the track for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. He also raises awareness and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children through various campaigns, public service announcements, donations and activities.
Ragan will again visit several Shriners Hospitals locations throughout the year and will host patients at the track with Front Row Motorsports during the three primary races. Patients and their families will be able to experience race day up close, including pace car rides, driver introductions, pit and garage tours and other VIP activities. Ragan brought national attention to Shriners Hospitals for Children when he was in the lead position late in the 2017 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Ultimately, he finished sixth.
“I think Shriners Hospitals for Children brings us a lot of luck,” said Ragan. “We have always had some great races with their support and being able to bring patients to the track is the most special part of the weekend, no matter the result.
“Shriners Hospitals for Children does amazing things for patients across the country, as well as in Canada and Mexico,” continued Ragan. “During my visits, I’ve seen first-hand the care that Shriners Hospitals for Children provides to patients and families, and I’m proud to be a Shriner and bring awareness to the hospitals with Front Row Motorsports.”
Shriners Hospitals for Children provides specialized care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns and cleft lip and palate regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
“David has been a tremendous ambassador for both Shriners Hospitals for Children and Shriners International,” said Gary Bergenske, chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Our partnership with David and Front Row Motorsports has increased awareness for our health care system and the work we do for our patients. This is just another way we send Love to the rescue®. We are proud to support David and look forward to another successful NASCAR program this year.”
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Learn more at shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
No. 38 Weather Channel/Flagship Solutions Ford
Started: 30th | Finished: 17th
Final Driver Points Standing: 30th
"Our team really did a nice job working on our Weather Channel/Flagship Solutions Group Ford from Saturday night to Sunday. We started off a lot better and we really had good runs. We also had good strategy and no penalties. It was a great way to finish the season with a top-20."
STATESVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 15, 2017) – David Ragan will close out the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season with a familiar name on board his No. 38 Ford Fusion. The Weather Company, via The Weather Channel brand, in collaboration with Flagship Solutions Group, will be the primary partner of Ragan’s team for Sunday’s EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
NASCAR recently named The Weather Company, an IBM Business, the official weather partner of the sport, providing officials with insights that allow them to make critical weather-related decisions that impact race operations. Flagship Solutions Group, an IBM business partner, is the technology provider working with The Weather Company to develop a weather insights dashboard that integrates into NASCAR’s racing operations and decision-support system.
“Through this partnership, The Weather Company and NASCAR are helping us better understand the needs and requirements for not only the operations team, but also the drivers,” said Mark Wyllie, CEO of Flagship Solutions Group. “Our relationship with David Ragan will further help to provide that insight so we can develop the correct analytical view of all weather data. It’s truly where the rubber meets the road.”
The 2017 race season finale will mark the first time The Weather Channel blue and white logo will adorn a Front Row Motorsports entry.
“When you have 38 race events outdoors, you’re going to be affected by the weather,” Ragan said. “So, this official partnership between The Weather Company and NASCAR will be a tremendous help to the officials who make weather-related decisions throughout the season.”
“We are thrilled to be the official weather partner of NASCAR, working closely with them to improve the race experience not only for race operations, but also for fans,” said Michelle Boockoff-Bajdek, head of marketing, global business solutions, for The Weather Company, an IBM Business. “Weather impacts every aspect of a race, and this collaboration will help drive more confidence into NASCAR decision-making, reducing uncertainty.”
The EcoBoost 400 airs live on NBC Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.
About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports is a winning organization in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the premier division of NASCAR competition. The team was founded in 2004 and is owned by Tennessean Bob Jenkins. FRM fields two full-time entries, the No. 34 of Landon Cassill and the No. 38 of David Ragan, from its Statesville, N.C., headquarters just outside of Charlotte. The team’s partnership base includes organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Camping World, Love's Travel Stops and CSX Transportation. Visit teamfrm.com and follow FRM on Twitter at @Team_FRM and on Facebook at facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports.
No. 38 1000Bulbs.com Ford
Started: 26th | Finished: 33rd
"We had a really solid 1000Bulbs.com car for three quarters of the race. We couldn’t catch the cautions at the right time. But sometimes you’re in the wrong place at the right time, and that was the case at the end. Someone in front of us had a problem and we were right in the middle and couldn’t avoid it. We had some damage and had to pit under green. But I’m proud of my team. We had a pretty respectful car today."
Ragan on Phoenix"We're excited to get to Phoenix. We have a new partner on board -- 1000Bulbs.com. They're an Internet-based lighting retailer, and they're new to the sport. They're actually based out of the Dallas area, and we went and spent some time with them at their headquarters last week when we were in Texas. Then they came out to Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday to soak everything in. Now this week at Phoenix Raceway, they're going to be the primary partner on our 38 car. We're excited to have them and introduce them to our team and our sport.
"The upcoming changes for Phoenix are interesting. It’ll be really crazy driving off into Turn 1 for restarts, which would now be Turn 3. It’s a great short track where you have a lot of speed, but it still races very much like a short track. As an industry, we’ve gotten really good at paving these tracks the last few years, and we know how to artificially age the surface so it makes the racing a lot better. And it allows Goodyear to bring a softer tire that won’t blister and won’t overheat. The cars have grip and we can move around."
Friday, Nov. 10, 2-3pm - Camping World (10255 Papago Fwy, Avondale)
No. 38 TheHouse.com Ford
Started: 24th | Finished: 30th
"It was a tough day at the racetrack. We had an early speeding penalty and then got off with our adjustments about halfway through, and we caught a couple unlucky cautions. So, kind of a tough day for our TheHouse.com team at a track where we had made some gains at the beginning of the weekend, but we just didn’t cap it off."
Ragan on Texas"Texas used to be really worn out and bumpy, but now it’s super smooth and really fast through Turns 3 and 4. Turns 1 and 2, they took some banking out and made it a lot wider. They did a really nice job with the repave, and I think the Speedway Motorsports team has a really good plan for rubbering in the racetrack. I thought you could race side by side, and the groove widened out some. It’s going to take a few years for that track to really get back where it should be. But, they did a nice job repaving it. It definitely creates some new problems for the teams to figure out and try to get up to speed quicker.
"Our TheHouse.com team is looking forward to going to Texas. We're back on a more regular schedule, qualifying on Friday, and that will give us the opportunity to really tune on our car on Saturday to get it ready to race on Sunday. We've got some team partners joining us from ModSpace and Schwarze Industries, so we want to have a good race with them at the track."
Sunday, Nov. 5, 10:15am - Ford Performance display (Texas Motor Speedway Fan Zone)
No. 38 TheHouse.com Ford
Started: 31st | Finished: 28th
"I put myself in a hole, getting involved in an accident early on and losing a lap. We were really close to getting back on the lead lap several times with Lucky Dogs and wave-arounds, but we just couldn't catch the cautions how we wanted. Our TheHouse.com Ford was better the second half of the race, but we just were never on the lead lap to show anything. So, a little disappointing. I like Martinsville and always hope to run well here."
Ragan on Martinsville"Martinsville is such a fun weekend for me. If I had to pick any racetrack on the schedule that I enjoy racing at the most, Martinsville is probably it. You can kind of throw out a lot of your aero platform and your splitter height variation and a lot of things that we work on at mile-and-a-half tracks. It’s still important but not nearly as important as mechanical grip. It’s a more old-fashioned approach of getting your car low, getting it turning well, working on forward drive.
"I feel like I can help with the set-up there, and I understand more about what it takes in a racecar to go fast. Man, that’s a fun race. I look forward to the ‘Paperclip.’ It’s a great stop on our schedule in the closing four or five races to determine a champion."
- Saturday, Oct. 28, 8pm - Martinsville Speedway FanFest (The Plaza, Martinsville Speedway)
- Sunday, Oct. 29, 10:30am - Ford Performance Display (Martinsville Speedway Fan Zone)
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