Labonte To Attempt Daytona 500

Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Terry Labonte inked a deal that puts him behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry fielded by newly-formed Prism Motorsports for the 2009 Daytona 500.

In making the announcement, team co-owners Phil Parsons and Randy Humphrey also indicated that they expect to compete in the full 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule.

Window World, based in motorsports tradition-steeped North Wilkesboro, NC, will provide sponsorship for Labonte's Daytona effort.

Parsons, a former Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series competitor, and now analyst for SPEED Channel's Camping World Truck Series telecasts, is pleased how quickly and smoothly things have fallen into place for his operation.

"Randy and I have both long dreamed of owning a Cup team, and now that day has arrived," Parsons said. "And to secure Terry Labonte and Window World for Daytona is more than we could have possibly hoped for our first race out of the box."

According to Humphrey, veteran Dave Blaney will take over for Labonte after Daytona.

"Like Terry, Dave is not only a talented, competitive race driver, he is also a first-class guy off the track. He's someone that we believe we can build a great team around."

Window World CEO Todd Whitworth is enthused about the opportunity with Prism and is looking at additional race sponsorships.

"Window World has grown to be the nation's largest window remodeling company," said Whitworth. "We started Window World just a little over 13 years ago, and today have more than 200 offices in 46 states", said Whitworth. "We see the same level of energy and excitement at Prism Motorsports that has helped make our Window World team so successful. It's a thrill for us to be able to help Prism get off to a fast start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona."

Prism has also formed a technical alliance with Michael Waltrip Racing, and the team's Toyotas will get their horsepower from Joey Arrington, one of NASCAR's most successful and respected engine builders. Bill Henderson, who served as car chief for Hall of Fame Racing's Toyotas in 2008, has come aboard as Crew Chief for the new organization.

Parsons, who finished ninth in Sprint Cup points in a 1988 season that included a win at Talladega, summed up his new venture with more than a hint of emotion.

"Randy and I are committed to building an organization founded on integrity and driven to succeed; one that every team member and every sponsor can be proud of," he said. Humphrey agreed, "Phil and I are incredibly blessed to be able to call ourselves 'Cup team owners'. And we plan to make the most of this opportunity we have been provided and the good fortune to have Window World as our key sponsor at Daytona."

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