Yates Partners With Newman-Haas

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Robert Yates Racing and Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing have entered into a letter of intent for a partnership in NASCAR’s Nextel Cup and Busch Series. The team will be named Yates/Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing effective immediately.

"This is a wonderful partnership," said Robert Yates, founder of Robert Yates Racing. "This gives us a clear vision how to get to the top. It is our goal to continue to build so this team will be better positioned to contend for the championship."

"I am very proud of our accomplishments in the Champ Car World Series and hope we can have the same success in NASCAR," added Carl A. Haas, who has been a team owner in NASCAR’s Cup series on two previous occasions. "We have been looking to add other forms of racing to our Champ Car program and when the opportunity came along to work with Robert Yates Racing, a team that shares the same drive for success that we do, it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I think that the NASCAR and Champ Car programs can learn something from each other and only enhance the championship level that Robert Yates Racing and Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing have competed at in previous years."

"We have always been an engineering driven team," said Paul Newman, a partner in Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing. "We think we have something special to add to the benefit of both. This in no way lessens our commitment to open wheel racing - we want to broaden our horizons."

"The opportunity of joining Robert and Doug Yates is an opportunity of a lifetime," added Michael Lanigan, a new partner in Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing. "The Yates family has been competing against the best and winning for many years. We look forward to a long and productive association."

Since Robert Yates Racing was formed in 1988, the now two-car team has posted 57 victories and 48 poles in addition to winning the 1999 NASCAR championship with Dale Jarrett. Current Nextel Cup drivers Ricky Rudd and David Gilliland pilot the No. 88 and No. 38 Ford Fusion’s, respectively. The agreement also includes RYR’s Busch program with Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 90 Ford Fusion. Drivers such as Davey Allison, Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarrett, Ricky Rudd, Kenny Irwin, Elliott Sadler and David Gilliland have driven for RYR.

RYR and NHR/NHLR have had close ties with Ford Motor Company for many years. RYR has been powered by Ford all 20 seasons. Of NHR/NHLR’s 101 wins and 103 poles, 55 of each have been earned with Ford power. In addition, four of their seven titles were powered by Ford (1993 – Nigel Mansell; 2004-2006 – Sebastien Bourdais).

"NASCAR Nextel Cup racing is rapidly moving, technology-wise, to engineering areas that Newman/Haas/Lanigan has years of experience with already,” said Dan Davis, director of Ford Racing Technology. “And Robert Yates Racing brings years of engine development and race craft in the sport that is invaluable to this operation. Put that expertise together, along with joint ownership that is clearly committed to winning, and we have a Ford program that will be a contender for years to come."

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