Motorola To Sponsor Atwood This Season

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. –- Motorola has announced it will be the primary sponsor of Evernham Motorsports with Atwood in three Winston Cup Series races this year, marking the simultaneous debuts of Ray Evernham as a team owner and Atwood as a NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver.

The No. 19 Motorola Evernham Motorsports Ford will compete at Richmond (Va.) International Speedway, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Motorola's involvement with Evernham Motorsports illustrates the company's commitment to having an impact in NASCAR beyond its official sponsor status.

Atwood, who will turn 20 on Friday, will pilot a Ford Taurus establishing the groundwork for the 2001 Dodge team, since the Dodge chassis will not begin its re-entry into NASCAR competition until the Daytona 500 in February 2001.

"Motorola is a perfect sponsor for our fall 2000 development program," Evernham said. "Their sponsorship enables our team to get valuable on-track experience, which will help accelerate our growth as a team and Casey as a driver. As a world leader in providing wireless communications, Motorola products are integral to our team's operations and on-track performance."

These three races will be crucial for Evernham's team as they look to provide Atwood with quality seat-time in a Winston Cup car -- a faster and heavier version of his current NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division ride. Evernham will play an active role developing and analyzing race strategy, working closely with Atwood.

"We couldn't pass up the opportunity to be Ray Evernham's very first sponsor as a car owner," said Greg Via, vice president and director of corporate sponsorship marketing for Motorola. "We are pleased to provide Ray and Casey the opportunity to display their talents in the 2000 Winston Cup season."

Without provisional points, there is a risk that Atwood may not make one of the three races this year, although this seems unlikely given Evernham's success with rookie drivers in the past.

"Casey is an extremely talented driver," Evernham said. "I am confident that he will qualify and run well."

"This has been a dream come true for me," Atwood added. "Most people my age don't get a chance like this. I'm hoping these races will allow us to put everything into place for next season."
Atwood will test the Motorola car at Richmond International Speedway Aug. 28-29 in preparation for his first official laps in NASCAR Winston Cup Series competition Sept. 9. The relationship was spearheaded by NASCAR's New York marketing office working on behalf of Motorola to leverage its official NASCAR status within the industry.

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