With NASCAR on a temporary hiatus, news is going to be slow in the coming weeks. To help fill the NASCAR void, we plan on taking you on a daily trip down memory lane spanning the years since the Jayski’s site inception. Using our news archives pages, here’s a look back at what’s happened on this date through the last 23 years in NASCAR:
This day in NASCAR history: April 29
Years we have pulled today’s main items from: 2015, 2014, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2002, 2001, 2000
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- GoDaddy Shifting Out Of NASCAR, Danica needs a sponsor: GoDaddy Inc., the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, is leaving NASCAR at the end of the 2015 season, as the company looks to diversify its marketing investment across more channels and regions. The move marks another milestone in GoDaddy’s marketing evolution, in which the company is balancing brand awareness with a more personalized data-driven marketing approach while expanding its global footprint. While GoDaddy is not renewing its primary sponsorship of the #10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team of Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) and driver Danica Patrick, the company is negotiating to keep Patrick as a GoDaddy spokeswoman under a personal services agreement.
"We love Danica and all she does to empower and inspire people, especially women, which is why we are working to keep her in the GoDaddy family," said GoDaddy Chief Marketing Officer Phil Bienert. "We have the utmost respect for Stewart-Haas Racing, and they’ve been phenomenal partners. In fact, NASCAR has been a tremendous domestic platform to help us achieve an 81 percent aided brand awareness domestically, but at this stage, we need a range of marketing assets that reach a more globally-diverse set of customers. The fact Danica is having a record-setting season makes it tough to leave this motorsports sponsorship, without a doubt."
"GoDaddy has been an incredible partner for a very long time, almost nine years, and as I’ve said before, our brands have really grown up together," Patrick said. "It’s pretty cool, from a marketing perspective, that we helped GoDaddy build such strong brand awareness here in the U.S. I’m excited to work with GoDaddy on a personal level moving forward, but will miss having their bright green color on my racecar next year."
"Danica is a superstar. She’s making history in a male-dominated sport and that takes massive commitment, tenacity and passion," said GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving. "The way Danica approaches racing is remarkably similar to how our small business customers approach their work … they’re both chasing dreams in spite of huge obstacles. She’s an inspiration to go getters everywhere. She’s also helped inspire women around the world to dream big and keep working to make their dreams real. I would be thrilled if Danica stayed on as GoDaddy’s spokeswoman and I want to personally thank Stewart-Haas Racing and NASCAR for their help in building the GoDaddy brand domestically."
In recent years, Patrick has worked to promote GoDaddy’s online services for small business owners and helped with campaigns to fight breast cancer and attract more young women to study science, technology, engineering and math, also known as "STEM." "GoDaddy has been a great partner for us and for the sport overall," said Tony Stewart, SHR co-owner and teammate to Patrick. "There’s a lot of season left on the calendar and it would be great to go out with a win … that would really put the exclamation point on what has been a hugely successful relationship."(PR Newswire)(4-29-2015)
- Montoya expected to drive third Penske car in some races: Team Penske is expected to announce on Wednesday that Juan Pablo Montoya will return to Sprint Cup competition in the Brickyard 400 on July 27. However, Montoya’s NASCAR homecoming could come sooner than that. Don’t be surprised if Montoya runs a third Penske Racing car (likely the #12 Ford) at Sonoma Raceway on June 22. Montoya’s first career Cup win was earned at the track in 2007. He could also compete at Watkins Glen on August 10, the site of his second Cup win in 2010. Both dates are open on the IndyCar calendar. Sources say Montoya tested a Team Penske NASCAR Ford last week at Nashville Speedway. Veteran Greg Erwin, who was retained after serving as Sam Hornish’s crew chief last year, would likely fill that role with the third Cup car.(Motorsport)(4-29-2014)
- Keselowski can stay at JR Motorsports next year if he wants: Brad Keselowski may not have anything signed for next season, but team co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. says that he’d like to have him back in his NASCAR Nationwide Series ride if that’s what Keselowski would like. During a national teleconference Tuesday, Earnhardt Jr. was asked about Keselowski’s future. "I’d like Brad to drive my Nationwide car again if he wants to," he said. "But as far as like what he does in his Cup stuff, that’s with [Hendrick Motorsports team owner] Rick [Hendrick]. It’s my understanding that that’s particularly not any of my business up until they’re ready to share that information. Whatever Rick wants to do with Brad, it’s up to him on the Cup side I’m in the business of trying to help guys win races in the Nationwide Series and trying to help them become better race-car drivers.(Scene Daily)(4-29-2009)
- Wood Brothers miss first race since 2000: When Ken Schrader failed to qualify for Sunday’s race, it knocked the Wood Brothers famed #21 Ford out of the show. It’s the first time since the 2000 race here [Elliott Sadler was the driver] that the car will not be racing. "It ain’t about one race, it’s about the eight before this one," said Fatback McSwain, race director for the Wood Brother. "And we ran like crap in those races to get us in this position." The #21 is outside the top 35 points and not assured a spot in the field. "We’ve dodged bullets the last three weeks, but sooner or later, one of them is going to hit you," car owner Eddie Wood said. "We threw everything we had at it, but it just wasn’t enough."(Anniston Star)(4-29-2007)
- Waltrip talked to Jarrett…no 2nd driver yet: #55-Michael Waltrip said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway that he has personally offered #88-Dale Jarrett a contract to drive a Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Camry Nextel Cup car in 2007. Toyota and Waltrip are also said to be wooing Jarrett’s sponsor, UPS, which is in the final year of its contract with Robert Yates Racing. Waltrip said he hopes to have a driver signed for 2007 in short order. "We want to get the driver lineup as soon as possible," said Waltrip. "We want to hire the best driver we can get, and not be controversial about it. We’re going to try and get the biggest, best guy we can. The list was top guys for a while, then the list was top guys and medium guys and now it’s who do you think we can get? It might be a top guy, it might not be. It’s just a matter of what we can work out. It’s more important to my sponsors who we get than it is to Toyota." Make no mistake about it, Toyota and its race teams are serious about spending money to hire talent: One team principal, speaking on condition of anonymity, said one of his managers received a $100,000 raise when he jumped ship and moved to a Toyota team recently. (Speed Channel)
AND: Waltrip, who has sponsorship from NAPA for his Cup effort next year, did say he has sponsorship settled for two Nextel Cup teams but won’t announce the other sponsor until he settles on a driver. Waltrip said he had talked with recently retired Ricky Rudd but only about possibly doing what Bill Elliott was eventually signed to do – run a partial schedule this year for MWR as it gets ready for the full-time effort. Larry Carter and Bobby Kennedy are building the Chevys for Bill Elliott to run this season with Burger King sponsorship. He said that should help build the team in getting ready for the Toyota debut next season. He also said he has sponsorship for one of his two Busch Series teams. He said he would like David Reutimann, the driver for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports in the trucks, drive one of those Busch cars. He also said that Reutimann’s teammate, Joey Miller, is a possibility for the other Busch car.(SceneDaily.com)
AND II: Michael Waltrip revealed on Friday that Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd have been asked about driving a Toyota next season – and he was emphatic about who was doing the wooing. Waltrip, who will field two Camrys in both the Cup and Busch series next season, said his team is handling all negotiations on incoming personnel without any help from the Japanese manufacturer.(USA Today)(4-29-2006)
- The Rumor that won’t die: [#18 and #20] Car owner Joe Gibbs won’t be changing any sheet metal before the end of the season, so Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte will remain in Pontiacs. But according to Detroit sources, General Motors [um isn’t Chevy GM too?] executives are so worried about losing Stewart and Labonte to Chevrolet next season that they’ve begun negotiations to sign two new teams to fill that void. One of the teams on the Pontiac list is the Cal Wells-Ricky Craven operation [see story below]. A possible Gibbs-Stewart-Labonte switch to Chevrolets next season is a decided possibility, according to Detroit sources and NASCAR sources. A final decision hasn’t been made, but it appears to be looming.(Winston Salem Journal). NOTE: Gibbs is also doing the bulk of the 2003 Pontiac testing, so…..(4-29-2002)
- Kenseth to RCR? it was reported on ESPN2’s RPM 2Day on Sunday that #17 DeWalt driver, Matt Kenseth could be headed to Richard Childress Racing in 2002. Didn’t say which car, the #30 AOL Chevy or the #31 Lowes Chevy if Skinner leaves(4-29-2001)
- Parrott free to look? UPDATE 5: word out that Todd Parrott, championship crew chief with Dale Jarrett, has been told he’s welcome to look for another job. No comment from the horse, but many consider that very unlikely(SpeedVision)(4-17-2000)
UPDATE: Winston Cup Today Radio(RA) interviewed Dale Jarrett, driver of the #88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford, and Jarrett says Parrott is not going anywhere and both are happy with Robert Yates Racing(4-19-2000)
UPDATE 2: Robert Yates and the #88 team will hold a Press Conference on Saturday morning to ‘clear up’ the rumors about the #88 team. Some reports have Parrott going to Petty Enterprises, others have him staying with Yates as he is under contract there. Also it could be the UPS sponsorship involvement with the team(see the #88 Team News and Links page for the UPS rumor)(4-27-2000)
UPDATE 3: from the Dale Jarrett Online site: Question: Is Todd Parrott leaving the Robert Yates Team? Answer: No, Todd is not leaving the Yates team. There will be a press conference held on Saturday in California, in which Todd will make the announcement that he has re-signed(renewed) with the Yates team and he has no plans to go anywhere(4-28-2000)
- UPDATE 4 More Yates: RPM2Night reported that the #88 Robert Yates team will have a Press Conference to discuss the Todd Parrott rumors, but that the sponsorship situation will not be addressed at this time. Quality Care/Ford Credit sponsorship runs out at the end of the 2000 season on the #88. Supposedly the team is negotiating with Ford to continue the sponsorship. Other rumors have UPS signing up as the primary sponsor of the #88 and Quality Care/Ford Credit moving to a Roush car, possibly the #6 where Valvoline’s sponsorship runs out at the end of the season and Valvoline has been downsizing it’s Motorsports sponsorships in other series such as CART and IRL. UPS has also been rumored to be a major associate with the #28 Texaco Ford Yates team but indications are that UPS is looking for a primary sponsorship deal(4-28-2000)
UPDATE 5: Parrott Stays – Todd Parrott will remain with Robert Yates Racing and the #88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Taurus team, after agreeing to a "lifetime contract" with Robert Yates Racing. Driver, Dale Jarrett has formally agreed to a contract with Yates through the 2004 season. See full story at NOL: Parrott announces lifetime deal with Yates(4-29-2000)
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