Greenville, S.C. Patient to Join Ragan for VIP Race Experience
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 23, 2019) - David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports (FRM) will once again bring the colors of the Shriners Hospitals for Children to the NASCAR Cup Series. Ragan will make the 2019 debut of the No. 38 Shriners Hospitals for Children Ford Mustang during this weekend's events at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
Ragan and the team will also host a patient of the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Greenville at the track on Sunday. Antonio Knowles, who goes by "AJ", has been a patient of the Shriners Hospitals for Children since he was just one year old. Born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a condition which causes decreased joint flexibility, the now 10-year-old can do many things he wasn't able to do when he first became a patient. Simple things that most people take for granted, like walking and talking, were made possible with the help of his medical team at the Greenville Shriners Hospital. Now able to get around with the assistance of a walker, AJ is a testament to the drive and determination of Shriners Hospitals for Children kids. AJ and his mother will be guests of the team on Sunday.
Ragan has a day of activities planned for Knowles and his mother, including a tour of the garage, his hauler and joining him during all the pre-race activities before Sunday's race. AJ and his mother will stay and watch the race with special seating made possible by Talladega Superspeedway.
"It's always great to race the Shriners Hospitals for Children scheme on our car and host a patient, family and donors of the hospitals," said Ragan. "We've been close to winning a race with the Shriners Hospitals on our car in the past, and I think we'll have a good chance this weekend, again."
"We're going to have our biggest fan, AJ, with us to help give us that extra luck we need on Sunday," added Ragan. "Learning about AJ and his story, it's pretty inspirational and really tells the story of what Shriners Hospitals for Children does for these patients. The hospitals are some of the best in the country and they are no cost to the families."
Ragan has been a member of Shriners International since 2012 and serves as its NASCAR ambassador. He visits Shriners Hospitals during the race season and raises awareness and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children through various campaigns, public service announcements, donations and activities. Earlier this year, Ragan auctioned off 2018 Shiners Hospitals for Children race car at the Barrett-Jackson auction. The winning bid, made by Rick Steele of Select Blinds, raised $300,000 for the Hospitals.
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.
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
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.
About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) is a winning organization in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team was founded in 2004 and is owned by successful entrepreneur, Bob Jenkins. FRM fields three full-time entries - the No. 34 of Michael McDowell, the No. 36 of Matt Tifft and the No. 38 of David Ragan - from its Mooresville, N.C., headquarters just outside of Charlotte. The team's partnership base includes CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Ford Performance, Love's Travel Stops, Select Blinds, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Surface and Speedco. Visit teamfrm.com and follow FRM on social media: Twitter at @Team_FRM, Instagram at @team_frm and Facebook at facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports.
Member of the CITGO Family to Help Power Team in 2019
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 23, 2019) - Mystik Lubricants, a member of the CITGO Petroleum Corporation family of brands, will join Front Row Motorsports (FRM) and David Ragan and the No. 38 Ford Mustang team this season. Mystik Lubricants will serve as the primary sponsor of Ragan at Kansas Speedway in May and Texas Motor Speedway in November. The brand will also be featured as an associate sponsor throughout the season.
CITGO Petroleum Corporation began its partnership with FRM in 2018 with its CITGARD brand at Darlington Raceway, paying tribute to Dale Jarrett during the annual "Throwback Weekend." The popular feedback from race fans and success of the program led to an increased commitment with FRM and Ragan this season.
"Our partnership with Front Row Motorsports and David Ragan has generated a lot of excitement with our customers," said Brian Paulson, CITGO General Manager Lubricants. "It feels only natural to expand our involvement with the No. 38 program and introduce our Mystik Lubricants brand to NASCAR fans. We look forward to our continued success throughout the season."
Mystik Lubricants develops products for real-world conditions that are specially formulated to meet the unique demands of specialized machines. Mystik supplies greases and engine oils for automotive, heavy-duty, commercial, industrial, powersports and agricultural customers.
"I'm really excited to partner with Mystik Lubricants this season," said Ragan. "Reliable, heavy-duty engine lubricants are such a key part of our operation, and I'm proud that we use the best."
Fritz Sports & Event Enterprises will oversee the partnership. "We are thrilled to bring a major new brand, Mystik Lubricants, into the NASCAR family with Front Row Motorsports and David Ragan," said CEO Doug Fritz.
About Mystik Lubricants
Tracing its heritage back to 1922, Mystik Lubricants offers specialized performance lubricants that are developed in real-world conditions to meet the unique demand for consumer, commercial, agriculture, power sports, such as personal watercraft, snowmobile, outboard and ATVs, and industrial equipment. Mystik Lubricants products exceed industry standards and are available through local retailers, national marketers and online at www.mystiklubes.com. Visit the company website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-855-4-MYSTIK (469-7845) for more information.
About Front Row Motorsports
Front Row Motorsports (FRM) is a winning organization in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The team was founded in 2004 and is owned by successful entrepreneur, Bob Jenkins. FRM fields three full-time entries - the No. 34 of Michael McDowell, the No. 36 of Matt Tifft and the No. 38 of David Ragan - from its Mooresville, N.C., headquarters just outside of Charlotte. The team's partnership base includes CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Ford Performance, Love's Travel Stops, Select Blinds, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Speedco, Surface and Tunity. Visit teamfrm.com and follow FRM on social media: Twitter at @Team_FRM, Instagram at @team_frm and Facebook at facebook.com/FrontRowMotorsports.
About Fritz Sports & Event Enterprises
Fritz Sports & Event Enterprises is a sports marketing and event management business specializing in sports and event sponsorship marketing and activation, brand development, as well as event management.
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