#31 NASCAR Team News and Links

Rescue Ranch
Rescue Ranch


Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma


OFFICIAL TEAM/DRIVER LINKS

Richard Childress Racing
Ryan Newman (2016)
Ryan Newman's Rescue Ranch
Childress Vineyards
Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma
ECR Engines
RCR Street Performance Group

PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS

Caterpillar (21+2 races)(2016)
CAT Racing
CAT Financial
Caterpillar Global Mining
Quicken Loans (11 races)(2015)
Quicken Loans Racing
WIX Filters (3 races)
Grainger (?2 races)

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS LINKS

Lucas Oil Products

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Richard Childress Racing - Facebook
Richard Childress Racing - Twitter
Richard Childress Racing - Instagram
Richard Childress Racing - YouTube
Ryan Newman - Facebook
Ryan Newman - Twitter
Ryan Newman Foundation - Facebook
LukeLambertCC - Twitter
CATmining - Twitter
Quicken Loans Racing - Facebook
WIX Filters - Facebook
WIX Filters - Twitter
  • Grainger - Twitter
    Grainger - Facebook
    Coca-Cola Racing Family - Twitter

    STATISTICS

    Ryan Newman - ESPN
    Ryan Newman - RacingReference.info

    MORE INFO on the JAYSKI site about teams/drivers

    2015 #31 Paint Scheme page
    2014 #31 Paint Scheme page
    2013 #31 Paint Scheme page
    2013 #39 Paint Scheme page
    Paint Scheme Gallery
    Driver Appearances
    Team Address/Contact

    • 2015 Races [21+2*] that Caterpillar is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
      Daytona, Sprint Unlimited*, 2/14
      Daytona, Budweiser Duel*, 2/19
      Daytona - 2/22
      Atlanta - 3/1
      Las Vegas - 3/8
      Auto Club - 3/22
      Texas - 4/11
      Talladega - 5/3
      Charlotte, All-Star Race* - 5/16, with Quicken Loans
      Dover - 5/31
      Kentucky - 7/11
      Pocono - 8/2
      Watkins Glen - 8/9
      Michigan, 8/16
      Bristol - 8/22
      Darlington - 9/6
      Richmond - 9/12
      Chicago - 9/20
      New Hampshire - 9/27
      Charlotte - 10/10
      Kansas - 10/18
      Talladega - 10/25
      Phoenix - 11/15
      Homestead - 11/22

    • 2015 Races [11+1*] that Quicken Loans is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
      Phoenix - 3/15
      Martinsville - 3/29
      Richmond - 4/25
      Kansas, 5/9
      Charlotte, All-Star Race* - 5/16, with Caterpillar
      Charlotte - 5/24
      Michigan - 6/14
      TBA

    • 2015 Races [3] that WIX Filters is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
      Bristol - 4/19
      Sonoma - 6/28
      Martinsville - 11/1

    • 2015 Races [?2] that Grainger is scheduled to be the primary sponsor:
      Pocono, 6/7
      Daytona - 7/5
      the rest TBA

    • Contract Status: Sponsors: Caterpillar 2016, Quicken Loans 2015; Driver: 2016


    #31 Team News and Rumors
    (NOTE: some older links may not work)

    • WIX to sponsor Newman at Sonoma: Ryan Newman will race in the Save Mart / Toyota 350 at Sonoma Raceway in the #31 WIX Filters' Chevy. This is the second race to feature the WIX Filters brand - the third and final race with WIX livery will take place at Martinsville in November. Since 1939, WIX has been an innovator in filtration products. WIX designs, manufactures and distributes products for automotive, diesel, agricultural, industrial and specialty filter markets.(WIX), see images of the car/scheme on the #31 Team Schemes page.(6-26-2015)

    • RCR adding to engineering department: When Martin Truex Jr. won at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, he didn't get to Victory Lane alone. Certainly, there was the unwavering investment of time and effort of his Furniture Row Racing team. But the engine and the chassis underneath Truex came from a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. JTG Daugherty Racing, Germain Racing and Circle Sport Racing also enjoys similar relationship the Welcome, N.C.-based race shop which has increased technological investment considerably over last year. RCR's Competition Director Dr. Eric Warren wasn't kidding when he referred to RCR's engineering department as the United Nations. In 2015, RCR has bolstered its resources with talent from all over the globe but primarily Formula One.
      In January, Amro Karim, Miguel Botella, Travis Slagle, Richard Youden and Ben Siegle were added to RCR's engineering department. Karim most recently was a Vehicle Performance Engineer with Marussia F1 but also worked as a F1 Project Engineer for Wirth Research. Bottella was a Software Engineer at both Caterham F1 and HRT F1 Team. Younden was as an Electronics & Control Systems Engineer at Williams F1. Previously, he worked as an Applications Engineer at Racelogic, an Electronics Design Engineer at Hasford Sensors and a Systems Engineer at Honda Racing F1 and Stack Ltd. Slagle advanced from a Systems Engineer at Moog to Systems Development Lead prior to joining RCR. On June 1, Javier Marcos Padros, a performance engineer from Williams F1 and DIL Simulator Engineer Lawrence Hodge, who also worked as a Trackside Aerodynamicist with Scuderia Ferrari F1 and McLaren Racing, joined the fold.(Motorsport)(6-12-2015)

    • Newman not happy with Allmendinger after contact: #31-Ryan Newman is not happy with #47-AJ Allmendinger after the two made contact in Sunday's Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway. Newman's streak of consecutive top-10 finishes at Pocono Raceway came to an end Sunday when he was involved in an incident with Allmendinger on lap 141. Allmendinger, who was battling Newman for seventh, appeared to slide up the track just a little as the duo raced through Turn 1 and made contact with the left-rear of Newman's car in the outside lane. That caused the No. 31 Chevrolet to hit the wall and Newman's day ended with a severely damaged car. "It's pretty obvious what happened," Newman said. "The #47 (Allmendinger) just ran out of talent. He has got one coming now."(Motor Racing Network)(6-8-2015)

    • Robin Johnson named VP of Business Development for RCR: Richard Childress Racing has named Robin Johnson as its new Vice President of Business Development to oversee sponsorship sales and partnership expansion, effective immediately. Johnson brings more than 20 years of combined legal and business development leadership to the multi-championship NASCAR team. He most recently served as the General Counsel for the S.C. State Treasurer's Office. Prior to that position, the South Carolina native served in similar business development roles at Front Row Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing, where he helped build what was arguably one of the most respected sponsorship bases in professional sports during his tenure. Johnson is an honor graduate of The Citadel (class of 1986) earning his B.S. degree in business administration. He is also an honor graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law and is licensed in South Carolina and New York. Robin is married to Emily Linder Johnson of Bennettsville, SC, and they have three children - Erin, Lachlan and Jake.(RCR)(5-27-2015)

    • RCR implementing safety changes for its pit crews: Richard Childress Racing is requiring all its over-the-wall pit crew members to wear fire-protective head socks and is looking at potential changes to both helmets and eyewear after pit fires at Richmond International Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway, the team confirmed to NASCAR Talk. Two crew members from Brendan Gaughan's Xfinity team were injured in a pit fire April 24 at Richmond. A small fire broke out during one of Ryan Newman's pit stops in last weekend's Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway. No one was injured. An RCR spokesperson emailed a statement to NASCAR Talk about the team's plans for its pit crews.
      "RCR has always preached safety with our crew members and after the Richmond pit road incident, we reviewed our internal policies and procedures to determine what further changes were warranted," team spokesperson Tim Packman wrote in an email. "From that, we were able to make necessary changes to help prevent that from happening again as we had a mechanical failure on one of the gas cans at Richmond, which led to the large amount of fuel being spilled. This was not related to the #31 incident at Talladega. As of right now, we are requiring all over-the-wall crew members to wear full head socks. We are also looking at potential changes to both helmets and eyewear, but those discussions are ongoing. Some of the crew members were already using full helmets this past weekend."
      NASCAR requires only the gas man wear a fire-protective head sock (along with uniform, shoes, full-face helmet, gloves, fueler apron and head sock or helmet skirt). NASCAR requires over-the-wall pit crew members to have a uniform, shoes and helmet. Gloves, a head sock or helmet skirt, underwear and socks are recommended.(NBC Sports)(5-7-2015)

    • Statement from Richard Childress: regarding final appeal ruling on the #31 Chevy team: "We do not agree with the final appeal ruling. We feel we had a compelling case and still fell we were in the right and the facts presented today would have proved that. We do appreciate the opportunity to be heard. We stand behind our suspended team members and look forward to their return. We will now move on and continue or goals of winning races and making the Chase for the Champion."(Richard Childress Racing)(5-6-2015)

    • Penalties against Newman's team upheld: Today the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, Mr. Bryan Moss, heard and considered the appeal of a P5 penalty issued on March 31, 2015 to Richard Childress (owner), Ryan Newman (driver), Lucas Lambert (crew chief), James Bender (tire technician) and Philip Surgen (race engineer) relative to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series vehicle #31 at Auto Club Speedway. The penalty concerns the following sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:
      12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing
      20.16: Wheels and tires
      A. Any device, modification, or procedure to the tire or wheel, including the valve stem hardware, that is used to release pressure, beyond normal pressure adjustments, from the tire and/or inner shield, will not be permitted.
      20.16.2: Tires
      F. Modifications to the tires, by treatment or any other means, will not be permitted.
      12.5.3.5.2: Minimum P5 Penalty Options (includes all four points below):
      A. Loss of 50 championship driver and owner points, regardless of whether the violation occurred during a Championship race or not
      B. $75,000-$125,000 fine
      C. Suspension for the next six series Championship Races, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that time period, for the crew chief and any other team members as determined by NASCAR
      D. Probation through the end of the calendar year for all suspended members, or for a six-month period following the issuance of the penalty notice if that period spans across two consecutive seasons
      12.5.3.5.3: P5 Level infractions detected during post-race inspection:
      If the infraction is detected during post-race inspection, then the following penalty elements will be added to those listed previously in this section:
      A. Loss of an additional 25 Championship driver and owner points; regardless of whether it was a Championship Race or not
      B. Loss of an additional $50,000
      The original penalty assessed included a $125,000 ($75,000 plus $50,000) fine, six-race suspension and probation through Dec. 31 to Lambert; six-race suspension and probation through Dec. 31 to both Bender and Surgen; and the loss of 75 (50 plus 25) championship car owner and 75 (50 plus 25) championship driver points to both Childress and Newman.
      On April 16, a three-person National Motorsports Appeals Panel heard the appeal and made the following decisions:
      1. The Appellants violated the Rule or Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice and it is a P5 level violation.
      2. The Panel amends the original Penalty levied by NASCAR because there is no written explanation of what constitutes a post-race inspection. Therefore the Penalty elements added under Section 12.5.3.5.3. are removed and the Penalty adjusted to:
      -Loss of 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Car Owner points for Richard Childress.
      -Loss of 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Driver points for Ryan Newman.
      -$75,000 fine. Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period. Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for crew chief Lucas Lambert.
      - Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period. Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for Tire Technician James Bender.
      -Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period. Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for Race Engineer Philip Surgen.
      Upon hearing today's testimony, Bryan Moss, the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, made the following decisions:
      Based on a preponderance of evidence, the Appellants violated the Rules.
      Based on a preponderance of evidence, the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer upholds the penalty as amended by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel.
      The decision of the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer is final and binding on all parties.
      (NASCAR)(5-6-2015)

    • Still no date set for RCR appeal UPDATE: No date has been set for Richard Childress Racing's final appeal of penalties levied against the #31 team of Ryan Newman, NASCAR spokesman Kurt Culbert told USA TODAY Sports. RCR succeeded in convincing a three-person appeals board to reduce some penalties stemming from a tire-manipulation allegation at Fontana, Calif., but a six-week suspension for crew chief Luke Lambert, engineer Philip Surgen and tire specialist James Bender was upheld. Lambert returned to the pit box at Bristol Motor Speedway this past weekend as allowed by terms of the appeals process. Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss will hear the case.(USA Today)(4-23-2015)
      UPDATE: NASCAR announced Friday morning that the final appeal will be heard Wednesday, May 6 at the NASCAR R&D Center.(4-24-2015)

    • RCR to make final appeal on #31 penalty UPDATE: Richard Childress Racing will make one final appeal of NASCAR penalties issued to Ryan Newman's team for tampering with tires in the Sprint Cup Series race March 22 at Auto Club Speedway. A three-member NASCAR-appointed appeals board reduced the points penalty and fine Thursday but left the six-race suspensions to crew chief Luke Lambert, engineer Philip Surgen and tire specialist James Bender. NASCAR announced Friday night that RCR had appealed that decision to NASCAR's final appeals officer, former Gulfstream executive Bryan Moss. Moss has not set a date to hear the case and has deferred the suspensions, allowing Lambert, Surgen and Bender to return to the racetrack Saturday after missing Friday practice and qualifying at Bristol Motor Speedway. The appeal doesn't come without some risk to RCR since Moss could reinstate the original penalties. The procedure for a final appeal is much like the initial appeal except Moss has access to all materials and a transcript of the first hearing. The burden of proof also switches from NASCAR to the team to prove that it either did not commit the act or that the penalty is too severe.(ESPN.com)(4-18-2015)
      UPDATE: Richard Childress Racing has requested an appeal to the Final Appeals Officer in regard to the P5 penalty upheld by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel earlier this week. The suspensions of crew chief Luke Lambert, tire technician James Bender and race engineer Philip Surgen have been lifted until Final Appeals Officer Bryan Moss has made a final ruling on the penalties. RCR tapped the team's current XFINITY Series competition director Todd Parrott as the substitute crew chief on the #31 team starting with this weekend's race. But with the case now going to the Final Appeals Officer, Lambert and the other suspended crew members returned to work at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday morning. The time and date of the final appeal has yet to be determined. (FoxSports)(4-18-2015)

    • #31 team appeal to be heard April 16 UPDATE 2: David Higdon, Vice President, Integrated Marketing Communications for NASCAR tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the "National Motorsports Appeals Panel will hear RCR appeal of #31 team P5 penalty on April 16. Fine, suspensions deferred until then."(4-7-2015)
      UPDATE: Statement from Richard Childress, "Our appeal is scheduled for Thursday, April 16. We feel confident we have a very compelling case to present to the appeals panel. We strongly believe in the intent of the rules and the integrity of our own teams while following those same rules. Out of respect for the appeal process, we will have no further comments until after the hearing."(RCR)(4-9/16-2015)
      #31 RCR Team Appeal heard, points & fine penalties reduced: National Motorsports Appeals Panel Statement: The National Motorsports Appeals Panel today heard and considered the appeal of a P5 penalty issued on March 31, 2015 to Richard Childress (owner), Ryan Newman (driver), Lucas Lambert (crew chief), James Bender (tire technician) and Philip Surgen (race engineer) relative to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series vehicle #31 at Auto Club Speedway. The penalty concerns the following sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:
      12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing
      20.16: Wheels and tires
      A. Any device, modification, or procedure to the tire or wheel, including the valve stem hardware, that is used to release pressure, beyond normal pressure adjustments, from the tire and/or inner shield, will not be permitted.
      20.16.2: Tires
      F. Modifications to the tires, by treatment or any other means, will not be permitted.
      12.5.3.5.2: Minimum P5 Penalty Options (includes all four points below):
      A. Loss of 50 championship driver and owner points, regardless of whether the violation occurred during a Championship race or not
      B. $75,000-$125,000 fine
      C. Suspension for the next six series Championship Races, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that time period, for the crew chief and any other team members as determined by NASCAR
      D. Probation through the end of the calendar year for all suspended members, or for a six-month period following the issuance of the penalty notice if that period spans across two consecutive seasons
      12.5.3.5.3: P5 Level infractions detected during post-race inspection:
      If the infraction is detected during post-race inspection, then the following penalty elements will be added to those listed previously in this section:
      A. Loss of an additional 25 Championship driver and owner points; regardless of whether it was a Championship Race or not
      B. Loss of an additional $50,000
      The original penalty assessed included a $125,000 ($75,000 plus $50,000) fine, six-race suspension and probation through Dec. 31 to Lambert; six-race suspension and probation through Dec. 31 to both Bender and Surgen; and the loss of 75 (50 plus 25) championship car owner and 75 (50 plus 25) championship driver points to both Childress and Newman.
      Upon hearing the testimony, the decisions of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel are:
      1. The Appellants violated the Rule or Rules set forth in the Penalty Notice and it is a P5 level violation.
      2. The Panel amends the original Penalty levied by NASCAR because there is no written explanation of what constitutes a post-race inspection. Therefore the Penalty elements added under Section 12.5.3.5.3. are removed and the Penalty adjusted to:
      -Loss of 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Car Owner points for Richard Childress.
      -Loss of 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Driver points for Ryan Newman.
      -$75,000 fine. Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period. Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for crew chief Lucas Lambert.
      - Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period. Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for Tire Technician James Bender.
      -Suspended for the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Races, plus any non-Championship Races or Special Events which might occur during that time period. Placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31 for Race Engineer Philip Surgen.
      The panel consisted of the following three individuals:
      Mr. John Capels, Mr. Hunter Nickell, Mr. Dale Pinilis.
      The Appellants have the right to appeal the decision of the National Motorsports Appeals Panel to the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer in accordance with Section 15 of the NASCAR rule book.(NASCAR)(4-16-2015)
      POINTS #31-Ryan Newman regains 25 drivers points and moved from 24th in the points standings to 20th. The #31 team regains 25 owners points and moves from 26th in owners points to 22nd.(4-16-2015)
      Statement from Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR: "I'd like to thank the Appeals Panel for taking the time to hear our appeal today. While they decided to reduce the penalties to the minimum penalties for a P5 violation, I am disappointed that the entire penalty was not overturned given the facts we presented. In order for the team to move forward, and focus our efforts on the upcoming races, Luke (Lambert), Phil (Surgen) and James (Bender) will begin serving their suspensions this weekend at Bristol. Veteran crew chief Todd Parrott will fill in as crew chief for this weekend's race. We are still discussing our options and have not yet determined whether to appeal the penalties to the Final Appeals Officer."(RCR)(4-16-2015)

    • Richard Childress voted in as NRA Second-Vice President: Richard Childress, CEO and Chairman of Richard Childress Racing, was elected as the Second-Vice President of the National Rifle Association during its annual meetings in Nashville, Tenn. this past weekend. Childress has already been a two-term member of the NRA Board of Directors and also serves as the Chairman of the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Committee for the organization. He has held that position since 2010. His two-year term is effectively immediately. Childress served six years on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation and remains as an Honorary Board Member. He is also currently on the Board of the Boone & Crockett Club and is a member of the newly-formed Blue Ribbon Panel for Wildlife Conservation.(Richard Childress Racing)(4-16-2015)

    • #31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Penalized For Rules Violations UPDATE RCR appeals: The #31 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized for rules infractions discovered as a result of NASCAR's post-event tire audit conducted following the March 22 race at Auto Club Speedway. These infractions amount to a P5 level penalty and violate the following Sections in the 2015 NASCAR rule book:
      12.1: Actions detrimental to stock car racing
      20.16: Wheels and tires
      A. Any device, modification, or procedure to the tire or wheel, including the valve stem hardware, that is used to release pressure, beyond normal pressure adjustments, from the tire and/or inner shield, will not be permitted.
      20.16.2: Tires
      F. Modifications to the tires, by treatment or any other means, will not be permitted.
      Section 12.5.3.5.1 lists P5 Penalty Violation examples that could include but are not limited to:
      A. Effecting, modifying and/or altering the standard tires in any way, other than through authorized means such as tire pressure adjustments within the recommended range, permitted tire cooling when mounted on the race vehicle; or heat-cycling on the race vehicle on the race track earlier in the event.
      12.5.3.5.2: Minimum P5 Penalty Options (includes all four points below):
      A. Loss of 50 championship driver and owner points, regardless of whether the violation occurred during a Championship race or not
      B. $75,000-$125,000 fine
      C. Suspension for the next six series Championship Races, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that time period, for the crew chief and any other team members as determined by NASCAR
      D. Probation through the end of the calendar year for all suspended members, or for a six-month period following the issuance of the penalty notice if that period spans across two consecutive seasons
      12.5.3.5.3: P5 Level infractions detected during post-race inspection:
      If the infraction is detected during post-race inspection, then the following penalty elements will be added to those listed previously in this section:
      A. Loss of an additional 25 Championship driver and owner points; regardless of whether it was a Championship Race or not
      B. Loss of an additional $50,000
      As a result of these violations, crew chief Luke Lambert has been fined a total of $125,000 ($75,000 plus $50,000), suspended from the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship races, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that time period, and been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31. James Bender, team tire technician, and Philip Surgen, team engineer, have been suspended from the next six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship races, plus any non-championship races or special events which might occur during that time period, and been placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.
      Driver Ryan Newman and car owner Richard Childress each have been penalized with the loss of 75 (50 plus 25) championship driver and championship car owner points.
      "NASCAR takes very seriously its responsibility to govern and regulate the rules of the sport in order to ensure competitive balance," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer. "We've been very clear that any modifications to race vehicle tires is an unacceptable practice and will not be tolerated."(NASCAR)
      See the Revised Sprint Cup Series Points page after #31 Penalty(pdf).(3-31-2015)
      UPDATE - RCR appeals #31 penalties: Richard Childress Racing has appealed the penalties NASCAR levied against Ryan Newman's #31 team for allegedly manipulating tires. NASCAR this week said tires taken from Newman after the March 22 race in California failed an independent inspection and had been altered to intentionally release air pressure during the race. No date for the appeal was set Thursday.(Associated Press)
      AND: RCR requested deferral of penalties w/appeal. NASCAR granted for suspension & fines, but not for points. If they prevail, points reinstated.(Tweet from David Higdon, VP Integrated Marketing Communications of NASCAR)(4-2-2015)

    • Statement from Torrey Galida, President of Richard Childress Racing, regarding tire penalties: "We understand the seriousness of the penalty. In fact, RCR has been one of the most outspoken opponents against 'tire bleeding' since the rumors began to surface last season. Once NASCAR provides us with the specific details of the infraction we will conduct a further internal investigation, and evaluate our options for an appeal."(RCR)(3-31-2015)

    • RCR Partners with Hitachi Power Tools as Preferred Power Tool Supplier: Richard Childress Racing has entered into a partnership with Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd (d.b.a. Hitachi Power Tools) to become the preferred Power Tool Supplier of RCR. Hitachi Power Tools, based in Braselton, GA, is a premier manufacturer of professional grade power tools and accessories for residential, commercial construction, tradesmen and do-it-yourselfers. The partnership debuted during the recent Speedweeks activities at Daytona International Speedway.
      "In an industry driven by performance, it's important for RCR to align ourselves with companies and brands that are proven and can be integrated into our team's success," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. "This partnership with Hitachi Power Tools aligns with our race teams as we rely heavily on the use of durable and advanced power tools both at our race shop and at the race track, and we can showcase Hitachi's extensive line of performance power tools."
      Hitachi is keenly focused on producing the most technologically advanced power tools on the market. Their commitment to technological excellence has resulted in making the Hitachi brand of power tools superior in the industry and a perfect fit for the demanding environment of NASCAR.
      "This is a really powerful partnership for Hitachi Power Tools," said Joe Leffler, Vice President Sales & Marketing for Hitachi Power Tools. "I am thrilled RCR has chosen to partner with Hitachi and it's a tremendous honor to provide all the power tools for RCR's race shops, the race track garages, and on pit road. RCR is built on performance, innovation and execution. Our Hitachi power tools will provide the RCR teams with all the technology, speed, precision, durability and power that is possible to execute their jobs successfully."(RCR)(3-8-2015)

    • RCR Partner Chartwell Seeks Equity Sale: Richard Childress Racing Enterprises, a premier sports enterprise focused primarily on NASCAR race teams, has advised its employees, drivers and key sponsors that RCR's minority partner, Chartwell Investments and RCR have hired Houlihan Lokey to assist in exploring strategic alternatives for the sale of its equity position in the company. Houlihan Lokey is serving as financial advisor to RCR. Questions regarding the process should be directed to Lee Ann Gliha (RCR).(2-26-2015)

    • Newman ruled ineligible for Daytona 500 front row: After suffering a blown engine during today's second practice for the Daytona 500, #31-Ryan Newman must start from the rear of the field in his Budweiser Duel qualifying race on Thursday. But per NASCAR Talk's Dustin Long at Daytona, Newman has also been ruled ineligible for a front row start in the Great American Race by NASCAR because of the resulting engine change. Daytona's group qualifying session will determine the front row on the 500 grid. Thursday's Duels will help set the remainder of the field.(NBC Sports)(2-15-2015)

    • Engine issues with the #31 and #78 in Daytona practice: #31-Newman experienced an engine failure during the 2nd practice for the Daytona 500 on Saturday, some quotes from Newman:
      THIS PRACTICE SESSION A LITTLE BIT OF WORK FOR YOUR GUYS:
      Newman: "Something just happened in the bottom end of the motor going into Turn 3. Everything was going as planned until then. The Caterpillar Chevrolet tried to diesel on me and it doesn't like to diesel. We will change the motor, figure out what happened to this one and get ready for tonight with a different race car and qualifying tomorrow."
      AND #78-Truex Jr.'s Furniture Row Chevy experienced a crack in the oil pan during the second NSCS practice session for the Daytona 500. The team will NOT change the engine.(Team Chevy)(2-14-2015)

    • RCR settles lawsuit with McCall over move to Ganassi: Richard Childress Racing has settled its lawsuit with former engineer Matt McCall, who left the organization after the 2014 season to crew chief at Chip Ganassi Racing. RCR had sued McCall in North Carolina Superior Court in December, and lost its request for a temporary restraining order to keep McCall from working as crew chief for driver Jamie McMurray and from using RCR trade secrets. McCall had been the lead engineer for Ryan Newman, who finished second in the 2014 standings. The two sides were scheduled to return to the courtroom Feb. 10 (three days before the garage opens in Daytona), but a settlement was confirmed by RCR in a statement released to Sporting News: "Richard Childress Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing have reached an agreement pursuant to which Mathew McCall will remain the crew chief for Ganassi's #1 Sprint Cup team," the statement said. "Both organizations believe it is important for NASCAR teams to work together to honor and protect their respective proprietary and trade secret technologies, as well as one another's contractual commitments. The terms of the settlement are designed to further that objective. The remaining terms of the agreement shall remain confidential."(Sporting News)(2-1-2015)

    • Grainger Joins RCR in a Multi-Year Partnership: Richard Childress Racing and Grainger announced a multi-year partnership that brings a leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products to NASCAR. Grainger will serve as the primary sponsor of the #31 Chevy driven by Ryan Newman for select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races beginning with the June 7 event at Pocono. Grainger also will be featured as an associate sponsor on the #31 for all Cup Series events in which it is not the primary sponsor. Newman earned a second-place finish in the 2014 championship standings, which came down to the final lap of the season.
      This sponsorship is consistent with Grainger's national marketing approach to make meaningful connections with its customers. In recent years, Grainger has sponsored a summer concert tour and launched a new national advertising campaign. The increasing popularity of NASCAR among its customers and the chance to partner with RCR made this sponsorship appealing to Grainger.
      "Both Grainger and RCR share a similar commitment to customers, team members and community, which makes this the ideal partnership," said Deb Oler, Vice President and General Manager with Grainger. "Our customers are hard-working men and women who represent the backbone of the U.S. economy. They are passionate about NASCAR, and we are passionate about them, so we are thrilled to sponsor and cheer on Ryan and the #31. This is a wonderful opportunity for Grainger to celebrate our customers in a personal, unique and exciting way."
      Grainger initially launched its on-track association with RCR in late 2014 at Texas Motor Speedway as an associate sponsor on the #31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevrolet SS for the final three Cup events, and also served as the primary sponsor of Austin Dillon's#33 NASCAR XFINITY Series entry at the Texas race.
      "Grainger's slogan, 'For the ones who get it done,' holds true for what this partnership and RCR stand for," said Richard Childress, CEO and Chairman of Richard Childress Racing. "We're proud to have this association with Grainger and look forward to interacting with their customers and employees. We plan to use our Sprint Cup program and RCR campus to showcase the innovative solutions that Grainger provides to its customers." Grainger will engage customers in its partnership with NASCAR, RCR and the #31 team through several marketing platforms including national racing-themed radio spots, social media and traditional marketing mediums.(RCR)(1-29-2015)

    • WIX Filters Continues Partnership with Richard Childress Racing: WIX Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, announced the extension of its partnership with Richard Childress Racing (RCR). The partnership includes primary branding of select events with the #31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program with driver Ryan Newman. WIX Filters will also be featured as primary sponsor for one race with the #62 XFINITY Series program and driver Brendan Gaughan for 2015. As part of the partnership, WIX Filters continues its technical support of both RCR and ECR Engines by supplying air and oil filters and providing research and development support. All RCR race cars will feature the WIX Filters logo under the hood.
      "After last year's record-breaking season, we're thrilled to be partnering with Richard Childress Racing and Ryan Newman again," said Jennifer Gibson, brand manager for WIX Filters. "Newman Nation brings such great passion and excitement to the racing season, and they've only further elevated the WIX brand. We can't wait to see how the partnership grows in 2015." Newman will compete in the #31 WIX Filters Chevrolet starting at Bristol in April.
      "For 75 years, WIX Filters has been the industry leader at providing customers with premium quality automotive filters designed to exceed performance demands," said Richard Childress, CEO and chairman of Richard Childress Racing. "We value those standards along with WIX's ongoing growth and innovations. Our technical alliance is leading to advances within both of our organizations, and we'll continue to work alongside WIX's engineers to apply our research to their everyday performance demands. RCR is proud to continue our association with the#1 filter in motorsports and we look forward to accomplishing even more in 2015."
      Last season, WIX's collaboration with RCR produced a championship-contenting effort with just one-point separating Newman from hoisting the Sprint Cup trophy. Adding to the accomplishment for RCR, Gaughan visited victory lane two times in the XFINITY Series. "WIX Filters has been a valued partner of mine during the last five seasons," said Newman, who capped off his first year at RCR by turning in his best-career finish in the championship standings. "I appreciate everything WIX stands for, including reliability and innovation. Their more than 3,500 employees are incredibly passionate and dedicated about what they do for a living which is why WIX is a perfect fit with all of us at RCR." WIX will showcase the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series across its social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. For more information on WIX, please visit www.wixfilters.com.(RCR)(1-29-2015)

    • RCR Names Ahnna Parkhurst and Kate Dallenbach to Driver Development Program: Richard Childress Racing and Team Dillon Racing have named Kate Dallenbach as one of two female drivers in their development program for the 2015 season. Dallenbach, 17, is the daughter of Wally, Jr., NASCAR driver-turned-broadcaster, and Robin Dallenbach, a former driver herself with two starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Her grandfather, Wally Dallenbach, Sr., was a successful Indy car driver and Chief Steward. The student of Davidson Day High School will compete in dirt and asphalt races under the RCR banner driving cars built and maintained by Team Dillon Racing. Richard Childress Racing and Team Dillon Racing have named Ahnna Parkhurst as the other one of two female drivers in their development program for the 2015 season. Parkhurst, 14, is an Augusta, Ga. native and is entering her second season of competitive racing. The student at Riverside Middle School will compete in dirt Crate Late Models under the RCR banner driving cars built and maintained by Team Dillon Racing this year.(RCR)(1-29-2015)

    • Childress employee accused of stealing racing suits: An employee of Richard Childress Racing in Welcome is accused of taking a driver's suit and three crew member suits and selling them on eBay. Kenneth Lane Wilkes, 65, of 266 Glenn Link Road, was released from custody Friday under a $10,000 unsecured bond. He has been charged with a count of felony larceny by employee. Davidson County Sheriff David Grice said the driver's suit was valued at $3,000 and each crew member suit at $1,000. The suits were not marked with a particular driver or team, according to the sheriff's office. The sheriff explained he couldn't comment on whether Wilkes has been fired. It was unclear Monday in what capacity Wilkes was employed with Richard Childress Racing. A spokesman with Richard Childress Racing declined comment.(Lexington Dispatch)(1-14-2015)

    • RCR Sues former employee: Richard Childress Racing failed to prove that an engineer who became another team's crew chief stole trade secrets, the North Carolina Business Court ruled. Matthew McCall started working for RCR as a race engineer on the Camping World Truck Series team in 2010. Two years later, RCR promoted him to similar position working on the #31 Chevy in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. McCall's contract included provisions that, if he resigned, he could not work for a competitor in a similar capacity for 12 months. During the 2014 season, McCall said several times that he would like to work as a crew chief for a Sprint Cup team. When RCR offered McCall a crew-chief spot on the Nationwide Series, NASCAR's second-ranked circuit, he resigned at the end of the 2014 Sprint Cup season. Two days later, Chip Ganassi Racing hired McCall as the crew chief for Jamie McMurray's #1 Chevy on the Sprint Cup circuit.
      RCR sued McCall in Davidson County, N.C., in November for breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets. It moved on Dec. 3 for a temporary restraining order to keep McCall from working for Ganassi or another competitor. As quoted in the Dec. 19 ruling, RCR argued that the positions were similar because McCall "routinely performed the tasks of the crew chief (and complained about doing so)," and filled in for the crew chief when he was unavailable. (Parentheses in original.) The team also noted that McCall officially served as the crew chief during the 2013 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. McCall responded that he filled in as crew chief during for just one practice session and one testing session. During the Brickyard 400, the regular crew chief was suffering from an eye injury but made the critical decisions from a trailer, where he was watching the race, McCall added. The North Carolina Business Court denied RCR's request for a restraining order. "Plaintiff has not shown, at this time, a likelihood of success on its claim that by accepting a crew chief position with Ganassi, Defendant has become employed in a 'capacity identical or similar to that in which he participated while employed by (plaintiff) and therefore as breached the employment contract," Judge Louis Bledsoe III wrote. RCR also did not prove that McCall had or would disclose its trade secrets, the court found.(Court House News)(1-1-2015)

    • Quicken Loans Extends Relationship with RCR and Newman: Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation's second largest retail mortgage lender, announced it will return as a sponsor of Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in 2015, serving as a primary sponsor of driver Ryan Newman and the #31 Quicken Loans Chevy for selected races. The 2015 season will mark the fourth year Quicken Loans has teamed with Newman. "We're looking forward to partnering with RCR and Ryan in the upcoming season and continue this strong partnership," said Jay Farner, President and Chief Marketing Officer for Quicken Loans. "In the meantime, we'll be cheering on Ryan and the #31 team as they make a run in this year's Chase."
      "It is great to have Quicken Loans back with me next year," said Newman. "They have been loyal partners for several years and have become like family to me. As I continue to push forward in the Chase, it gives me increased confidence to know I have partners and friends that are standing with me not only this year, but also beyond."
      "Quicken Loans has been a tremendous addition to the RCR family this year," said Richard Childress, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of RCR. "We are excited to be so closely aligned to a partner that values collaboration, technology and speed as much as we do."(RCR)(9-26-2014)

    • Caterpillar renews sponsorship of Newman: Richard Childress Racing and Caterpillar Inc. announced the renewal of their overall partnership and sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series #31 Chevy team. The partnership between RCR and Caterpillar began in 2009 and has become a model for the activation with Caterpillar's dealers and customers throughout the NASCAR schedule. For the 2014 season, Newman took over driving duties of the Caterpillar Chevy SS. The world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives began as a sponsor in NASCAR in 1993. Caterpillar was a team sponsor in the NASCAR Nationwide Series from 1995 to 1996 before moving to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1997. Its relationship with RCR began in 2009, where it remains as one of the most prominent brands competing in the elite division.(RCR)(6-26-2014)

    • RCR and ECR Engines Form Partnership with Lucas Oil Products: Richard Childress Racing has entered into a long-term partnership with Lucas Oil Products, effective immediately. This marks a return to the NASCAR track and garage for the Indianapolis-based lubricants company. "Richard and I have a lot in common, as we both like long-term relationships and neither of us want to settle for anything but the best," said Forrest Lucas, founder and CEO of Lucas Oil. "Knowing that Richard wanted a long-term oil partner and consistent high-performance with research and development support for his engine program, I wanted to commit our resources in R&D and production. He committed his personnel to help with the development and we think we'll have the premier oil performance in the sport. Richard has a great staff from top to bottom and that's what we need. We look forward to being back in NASCAR and using this partnership to tell the 'Lucas story' and what our products stand for. We've already developed a strong relationship with RCR and ECR."
      RCR and ECR Engines will benefit from having a lubricants partner with strong roots in racing and one that understands the high-powered competition platform. In turn, the technology can transfer over to short-track racers and everyday consumers. "We're very proud to be associated with a company like Lucas Oil and represent their market-leading products," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR. "Forrest and his group have been great to work with and have developed some incredible products for us to compete, win races and contend for championships in NASCAR. All levels of racing have benefited from the work and commitment Forrest has made to the racing community. We are looking forward to winning races with Lucas Oil inside our cars and promoting the Lucas brand on the outside of the cars."
      Lucas Oil becomes the official motor oil of ECR Engines and a technical partner to both RCR and ECR Engines. Their oil will run in RCR's #3 and #31 entrants in the Sprint Cup Series and in all of RCR's Nationwide Series entrants this year. "We have been testing their products diligently for quite some time now with strong results," said Richie Gilmore, COO of ECR Engines. "Everyone at Lucas Oil has gone above and beyond to make sure this partnership was going to work on both ends. They have durable, reliable products and we have had nothing but great results with everything we've tested."(RCR)(1-28-2014)


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