KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (May 11, 2018) – ITsavvy, one of the fastest growing resources for integrated IT products and technology solutions in the United States, has joined Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), the championship-winning NASCAR team.
The multiyear partnership will be highlighted on the No. 14 Ford Fusion driven by Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer. ITsavvy will be the primary sponsor of Bowyer and the No. 14 team Sept. 21-22 at Richmond (Va.) Raceway and Nov. 9-11 at ISM Raceway near Phoenix. At all other races, ITsavvy will serve as an associate sponsor.
“The crossover between what ITsavvy does and what we do is strong, and ITsavvy can tell a great story with Stewart-Haas Racing,” said Mike Verlander, vice president of sales and marketing, SHR. “Walk through our race shop and throughout the garage and you’ll see how our racecars and our entire industry relies on technology. From engine diagnostics to fuel-mileage calculations, our business is dependent on technology solutions. The senior-level introductions our sport can make will lead to new business opportunities for ITsavvy. Every company needs what ITsavvy provides, and we’re excited to facilitate those introductions.”
Founded in 2004, ITsavvy is a single-source, end-to-end IT partner. The Addison, Illinois-based company combines a comprehensive, value-added reseller business of more than a million computer, hardware and software products with an industry-leading advanced solutions group. ITsavvy has access to $8 billion in daily inventory in 46 distribution centers around the country with the ability to ship in-stock items the same day they are ordered.
“It’s our goal to build an ongoing business relationship with every entity we partner with, and in NASCAR it starts with Stewart-Haas Racing,” said Mike Theriault, president and CEO, ITsavvy. “We are a business-to-business company, and speed and attention to detail are critical to what we do because it’s incredibly important for our clients. Our role with Stewart-Haas Racing allows the team to maximize its performance with our products and technology solutions in a high-speed environment. It provides ITsavvy with an incredibly strong testimonial in an industry where nearly half of America’s Fortune 100 companies invest. We can help these companies the same way we’re helping Stewart-Haas Racing.”
ITsavvy is filled with technology solutions experts, which makes its pairing with SHR appropriate. Since its debut in 2009 as a two-car NASCAR Cup Series team, SHR has grown to become a four-car NASCAR Cup Series team while also fielding a full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series team and one part-time Xfinity Series team. Celebrating its 10th year in 2018, SHR has won two NASCAR Cup Series championships and 48 races. It staffs nearly 400 people and boasts an engineering staff of 50.
“Working with ITsavvy gives us a competitive advantage that directly translates to our performance on the racetrack,” said Tom McDonough, IT director, SHR. “Anytime you can align with an IT leader, it makes a positive impact on the success of our operation. Most people don’t realize how complex our IT needs are day-in and day-out, and having a vested partner in the IT solutions industry is a huge benefit to our operation.”
“If it makes my racecar faster than everybody else’s car, then I’m all for it,” said Bowyer, a winner of nine NASCAR Cup Series races, including earlier this season at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. “While these are stock cars, the technology inside them is impressive, and the research and development that goes into all the parts and pieces we use to build these cars is cutting edge. The days of paper and pencil are long gone. Heck, we’re not even using tape measures anymore. It’s all digital measurement, and we keep all that data on computers. Technical support and race support go hand in hand, and to have an in-house partner in ITsavvy makes our program that much better.”
“ITsavvy and SHR operate in different environments, but we share the same attributes – technology, precision, speed, teamwork and success,” added Tony Stewart, three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and SHR co-owner. “We strive for success and we do it as a team, but we rely on technology to help us find and leverage any advantage that makes our racecars fast. ITsavvy helps us manage all of our technology to where we can quickly turn theory into reality.”