By AMANDA VINCENT
Jeffrey Earnhardt, who made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut a week ago at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway by driving the No. 32 for Go Green Racing, will go full-time with the team in 2016 for his first year of full-time Cup-level competition. Then, the team will be racing under the Go FAS Racing banner with sponsorship from Can-Am. Can-Am has signed on to be primary sponsor for 11 races in 2016 and associate sponsor for the remaining races on the schedule.
Earnhardt’s deal with the team is a multi-year one.
“I’m really excited to join GFR,” Earnhardt said. “I’m thrilled to have Can-Am on board as our partner for 2016. I’m an avid outdoorsman and their products are the gold standard for outdoor sports, so it’s a perfect fit. With Can-Am supporting our team, we’re certain to increase our competitiveness throughout the 2016 season.”
Earnhardt has a total of 76 NASCAR national-level races of experience, 66 in the Xfinity Series and 10 in the Camping World Truck Series. He has one-career Truck Series top-10 finish, coming in 2011.
Veteran semi-retired driver Bobby Labonte will drive for the team in the four restrictor place races at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 2016. He’ll also serve as a driver coach/mentor for Earnhardt.
“We are all really excited about this new partnership with Can-Am and Jeffrey Earnhardt for 2016,” said Go FAS Racing owner Archie St.Hilaire said. “This deal will improve our program and make us much more competitive in the upcoming season while giving Jeffrey all the tools he needs to succeed at this level. 2016 can’t come soon enough for myself and everyone at GFR.”
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