-New team to kick off its run at this weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series
TORONTO, April 19 /CNW/ - Today, Go Canada Racing, the newest
all-Canadian NASCAR contender, officially starts its quest for NASCAR
glory. Go Canada Racing is the only current NASCAR national series team
with a Canadian owner, businessman Steve Meehan, and a Canadian driver,
rising Canadian NASCAR star J.R. Fitzpatrick.
"Go Canada Racing brings together my two great passions: business and
racing," said Meehan. "My success in business has been built on seeing
where the right opportunities are and creating a great team of people
to do the job. When I saw the opportunity to start a team, I brought in
the right people, like J.R., and with their help I believe I can have
the same kind of success in the racing world as I had in the business
Meehan's goal for Go Canada Racing is for it to become the first
fully-Canadian team to compete full-time on the NASCAR Sprint Cup
Series tour - the preeminent series in North American motorsports. The
team raced two weeks ago at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California,
and will make its official debut this Saturday, April 24th, at Nashville Superspeedway.
"NASCAR has 7 million fans in Canada, many of whom watch the races every
week on TV," continued Meehan. "This team will give the millions of
Canadian fans a 'home team' to rally around, and I believe it's a great
opportunity for Canadian companies to showcase their brand to this huge
audience of Canadian race fans."
The team name, Go Canada Racing, and car number, 67, were both chosen to
give the team an all-Canadian feel. The name was inspired by the cheers
of "Go Canada" that Canadians are accustomed to hearing at sporting
events throughout the country. The car number, 67, corresponds to 1867,
the year of Confederation in Canada. This number is very significant
for Canadians, and Meehan believes it will help Canadian NASCAR fans
identify with his team even more.
In the driver's seat will be Canada's rising NASCAR star, J.R.
Fitzpatrick. At age 18, Fitzpatrick became the youngest driver to win
the CASCAR Super Series championship, and last year he finished second
in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship. Over the last three
years he has raced in nine NASCAR Nationwide events, and drove to a
career-high finish of seventh at Road America and Circuit Gilles
Villeneuve in Montreal, both in 2010. The opportunity with Go Canada
Racing is Fitzpatrick's first chance at a full-time ride on one of the
premier stock car racing circuits in North America, an opportunity he
has worked towards for many years.
"I've been racing since I was 15 years old and it has always been my
dream to step into one of these cars full-time," said Fitzpatrick.
"Steve has put together an outstanding team and given us the tools to
succeed in this sport. We have a great crew, a great car, and a great
team, and I'm looking forward to competing with some of NASCAR's best,
starting this weekend in Nashville."
"We're looking forward to the addition of Go Canada Racing in the NASCAR
Nationwide Series," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's Senior Vice
President of Racing Operations. "Canada is an important market for
NASCAR, as demonstrated by our commitment to developing Canadian
drivers in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. Now, the millions of NASCAR
fans in Canada have a 'home' team to root for on NASCAR's national
About Go Canada Racing
Canadian businessman Steve Meehan founded Go Canada Racing in the spring
of 2011. The result of Meehan's desire to bring together his interest
in racing with his talent for business, Go Canada Racing is an
all-Canadian team with a goal to bring the NASCAR Sprint Cup title to
Canada. Prior to owning Go Canada Racing, Meehan was the Co-founder and
CEO of Canadian investment firm Investment Planning Counsel, which
boasted $15 billion in assets under management and more than 1,000
financial planners across the country at the time of his departure. For
more information about Go Canada Racing, visit www.gocanadaracing.com.
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