Burtons Team Out Of Gas

Roush Racing announced Monday that it has launched a search for a primary sponsor for the Jeff Burton driven, Roush Racing prepared No. 99 entry in Winston Cup competition. CITGO announced earlier Monday that it was ending its long running NASCAR sponsorship.

“I am committed to Jack Roush, Roush Racing and my entire No. 99 team,” said Burton. “Jack and I have had a very successful history together, and we look forward to sharing and extending that history with a new primary sponsor. We’re convinced that the best is still in front of us, and we’re both committed to attaining our goals. ”

The No. 99 team, first formed for competition in 1996 is widely recognized as one of NASCAR’s elite teams. At just 35, Burton is a success both on and off the track. With 17 Winston Cup victories Burton is ranked 20th on NASCAR’s all time career win list and is also ranked as the 10th highest money maker in the series. In his Winston Cup career, Burton has finished in the top 10 in points five times, including a career best third in 2000. Burton’s other Winston Cup
accolades include Rookie of the Year honors in 1994, 89 top five finishes and 139 top 10 finishes.

Off the track, Burton’s value proposition is almost unmatchable. Through his activities away from the track, he delivered over 70.5 billion “value-added” impressions in 2002 via media and other exposure for his primary sponsor. He is also a leader in the community who donates both his time and money to a variety of charitable organizations. All of this makes Burton one of NASCAR’s hottest commodities.

“So far 2003 has been a banner year for attracting sponsorship interest in our programs,” said Geoff Smith, Roush Racing president. “Now that the Jeff Burton, No. 99 program is available for sponsorship, we can complete our program sales mix by offering one of the top primary sponsorships in NASCAR Winston Cup. The sport is at a great point in its history, with the “blue sky” potential of television being realized, and dynamic sponsorship programs being implemented by many great sponsors throughout the sport.”

In addition to Burton, the No. 99 team is led by crew chief Paul Andrews. In his 14 year Winston Cup career, Andrews has achieved 12 victories, 30 poles, 76 top five and 149 top 10 finishes. To top it off, in 1992 Andrews won the coveted Winston Cup Points Championship with the late
Alan Kulwicki.

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