Rick Ware Racing(RWR) recently became aware how small of a sandbox the NASCAR community is. Over the past few weeks the out pouring condolences from fans/drivers and team owners resulting from the death of two crew members of RWR (Dean Shaut and Stephen “Dirt” Masch)has been uplifting but the same network of owners also delivered disturbing news to the organization within the same week.
“We have been informed by several team owners that our driver (Jeffrey Earnhardt) and his management company (Jeffrey Earnhardt Inc) has been shopping around for another team, eluding that sponsorship was coming with them,” stated owner Rick Ware.
Earnhardt, who currently sits 10th in the driver standings, is just three races into the 25 race season.
“It is pretty amazing the amount of calls we have received from owners about this situation, asking us what is going on and their concerns that a young driver and his management company are aggressively looking for another team with less to offer than the position they are currently in,” continued Ware.
“To shop around the sponsor that has been with our organization since the fall of 2008 and not to mention so early into his career can only end badly”, stated Ware.
This aggressive move by Jeffrey Earnhardt Inc (JEI) has resulted in a breach of contract between RWR and JEI.
“It is disheartening that all the effort, time and money spent on Jeffrey have been for nothing, but we have been given no choice but to look for another driver.”
“I personally fronted the money and then got sponsors to take him to his first Nationwide and first Camping World Truck race. I raced him at the 24 Hours of Daytona, and ironically introduced him to his vice-president and management team! To think that Jeffrey and Jeffrey Earnhardt Inc would try to leave and take my sponsor it’s more than just a legal issue, it’s a disappointment that I have not felt in this sport before.”
“I am proud of the fact that I cultivated this sponsor through AMA Arenacross, NASCAR K&N East/West, ARCA, NASCAR Camping World Trucks, NASCAR Nationwide and Rolex Grand Am Series’! It is hard to keep sponsors and we got the sponsor, KHI trucks, ECR engines, race winning crew chiefs and a driving coach for Jeffrey. I can’t do much more!” continued Ware.
Rick Ware Racing will now put the focus on finding a driver for the #1 Fuel Doctor Chevy at Martinsville and the rest of the season. “We have proven that our equipment can get to the front. We have had several top 10 qualifying and finishes in the past eight months and we won’t let this stop us!”
For more information visit www.wareracing.com or you can also follow the team on Twitter at @rickwareracing
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