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)
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