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ACE HARDWARE FOUNDATION RACES FOR MIRACLES IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS

Carl Edwards vies for win to benefit children through ninth annual “Racing for a Miracle” program

The Ace Hardware Foundation has its hopes set on Joe Gibbs Racing driver Carl Edwards, as he races for miracles this weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.
The “Racing for a Miracle” initiative is a multi-faceted program celebrated in collaboration with the No. 19 STANLEY Racing team, the Ace Hardware Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) – all to benefit children by raising funds for the hospitals that provide their care.

If Edwards and the No. 19 team win, STANLEY will donate $1 million to CMN Hospitals through the Ace Hardware Foundation. The pledge is part of one of the most successful and longest-running campaigns in NASCAR that benefits patients of CMN Hospitals. Regardless of the race’s outcome, the “Racing for a Miracle” program with STANLEY and the Ace Hardware Foundation will once again pledge $100,000 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It’s a total contribution to CMN Hospitals of more than half a million dollars since the program started.

“Our STANLEY team never needs to be motivated to win a race, but we have the opportunity to race for $1 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and that really encourages all of us,” said Edwards. “We have to thank the Ace Hardware Foundation for continuing to support this program and giving us this opportunity. It would be the highlight of my career to be able to win this Saturday night for these kids.”

As part of the special week of events, representatives from the Ace Hardware Foundation, CMN Hospitals, STANLEY, and Joe Gibbs Racing, including Edwards and members of the No. 19 STANLEY pit crew, visited Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. While at the hospital, representatives spent time with the patients and their family members by giving them an inside look at the STANLEY race team, including pit stop demonstrations.

On April 10, Edwards along with representatives from STANLEY will present the $100,000 donation to the Ace Hardware Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at the Texas Motor Speedway. The special scheme includes four very special children who will also serve as “Honorary Crew Members” of the No. 19 team throughout the weekend.

As part of the campaign, the No. 19 racecar made special appearances at several Ace Hardware stores throughout the greater Fort Worth area, including two of Ace retailer Bill Jablonowski’s stores in Keller and Fort Worth, Texas. “I’m incredibly proud to be involved in this year’s ‘Racing for a Miracle’ events,” said Bill Jablonowski, owner of Jabo’s Ace Hardware. “Fundraising is in the DNA of our stores, in fact, in 2014 alone we raised more than $20,000 for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Cook Children’s in Fort Worth and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas,” Jablonowski said.

For more information on the “Racing for a Miracle” program, including more ways to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, visit www.stanleymotorsports.com. For more information about Ace Hardware and the Ace Hardware Foundation, please visit www.acehardware.com.

Bosch Charitable Contribution to Benefit Denny Hamlin Foundation

Fourth 2015 NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™ Win for Bosch-Supported Teams

$1,000 contribution recognizes Hamlin’s STP 500 victory at Martinsville

In recognition of Denny Hamlin’s win at Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville, Bosch Automotive Aftermarket NA is contributing $1,000 to the Denny Hamlin Foundation.

Based in Mooresville, NC, the Denny Hamlin Foundation works to raise awareness and funds for children with cystic fibrosis. The foundation partners with organizations that focus on cystic fibrosis research, treatment advances and overall quality-of-life care. The Foundation also helps children with other chronic illnesses. Beneficiaries of the Denny Hamlin Foundation include: Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital, The NASCAR Foundation and Victory Junction Gang Camp.

Sunday’s win marked the fourth of the 2015 NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™ by a Bosch-supported team and the fourth donation made by Bosch to team charities.

“It was great to see Denny Hamlin, and Joe Gibbs Racing, back in Victory Lane at Martinsville. Denny Hamlin is as good as it gets when it comes to short track racing, and Bosch is pleased to make this contribution to his foundation,” said Tony Pauly, director of advertising and brand management for Bosch Automotive Aftermarket North America. “Bosch also takes tremendous pride knowing that winning racing organizations like Joe Gibbs Racing depend on quality parts from Bosch to get them to Victory Lane.”

Bosch Aftermarket has a long-standing partnership with the NASCAR® Sprint Cup SeriesTM. Bosch has been providing quality parts — such as oxygen sensors, spark plugs, injectors, alternators, coils, filters, fuel pumps, starters and pressure regulators — to several NASCAR® top-performing teams for more than a decade.

JGR President J.D. Gibbs Undergoing Treatment For Symptoms Impacting Areas of Brain Function

Joe Gibbs Racing announces today that J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing, is starting treatment for symptoms impacting areas of brain function.

Gibbs has undergone a series of tests after experiencing a gradual onset of symptoms that includes speech and processing issues. Gibbs’ doctors believe the complications he has experienced were triggered by head injuries likely suffered earlier in life, but no specific injury was referenced or identified. Gibbs has always enjoyed an active life participating in several sports including mountain biking, snowboarding, football, racing, and other extreme-type sports.

Gibbs will be undergoing more testing and receiving treatments to help manage the symptoms. During that time, it is expected that his presence at the race track will be limited; however, he will continue many of his day-to-day responsibilities at JGR’s headquarters in Huntersville, NC as well as involvement with his various ministry endeavors.

J5 Tactical Will Serve as Associate Sponsor On No. 19 Toyota Camry in Sprint Cup Series for 2015

Becomes Official Flashlight of Joe Gibbs Racing

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that J5 Tactical will serve as an associate sponsor on the No. 19 Toyota Camry driven by Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the 2015 season

In addition, J5 Tactical will become the official flashlight for Joe Gibbs Racing.

J5 Tactical produces industrial strength flashlights for everyday carry and use. With competitive pricing, the highest quality engineering and manufacturing, and world class customer support, the J5 Tactical flashlight brand is an exceptional choice for flashlight needs. They offer three models, our V1 with 250 Lumen power, the V2 with 750 lumen power, and the 732A with 1000 Lumen power. Their products and further information can be found at www.J5Tactical.com.

“J5 Tactical is excited to be associated with Joe Gibbs Racing and number 19 Carl Edwards,” said TJ Johnson, CEO of J5 Tactical. “We’re looking forward to our flashlights shining bright in the winner’s circle this year.”

Drivers Confirmed to Pilot No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in Upcoming NASCAR XFINITY Series Events

Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones Add Additional Races
Boris Said to Pilot Monster Energy Camry in Seven Events in 2015

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Denny Hamlin will fill in for Kyle Busch behind the wheel of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry in this weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway and in four subsequent events.

Kyle Busch continues to rest comfortably in his home in Charlotte, North Carolina before rehabilitating from a compound fracture of the right lower leg and left mid-foot fracture, both injuries resulted from an accident during the February 21 XFINITY Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

No specific timetable has been announced for Busch’s return to the race track, however interim drivers have been confirmed to pilot the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota moving forward. JGR teammate Hamlin will compete in the role this Saturday, March 7, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and again March 21 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana (Ca.), April 10 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, April 18 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and May 23 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Hamlin is currently running a full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 11 Toyota and was previously confirmed to run in six JGR XFINITY Series events this season in support of other team sponsors. This brings Hamlin’s 2015 XFINITY Series schedule now to 11 events.

In addition, JGR announces that team member Erik Jones will again drive the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in the XFINITY Series next weekend at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway on March 14 and subsequently April 24 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, for a total of three race events supporting the No. 54 team. Jones raced this past weekend with the Monster Energy program at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and accomplished a 13th-place finish from a 12th-place qualifying effort.

Jones continues to run a full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports and a partial schedule for JGR in the No. 20 NASCAR XFINITY Series Camry. This brings Jones’ 2015 XFINITY Series schedule now to an estimated 19 events.

Also joining the Monster Energy/Joe Gibbs Racing stable of drivers to support the No. 54 Toyota this season is Carlsbad, California native Boris Said. As in the previous two years when JGR named substitute drivers to supplement Busch’s schedule, the 52-year old NASCAR veteran will pilot seven XFINITY Series events with the No. 54 team including Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on May 2 and non-companion XFINITY series events at Iowa Speedway in Newton on May 17 and August 1, Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway on June 20, Mid Ohio Sportscar Course on August 15, Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 29 and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on September 26.

Although known primarily for his superior road-course racing abilities, Said has competed in 137 events across NASCAR’s top three divisions, on all types of racetracks. Additionally Said has recorded time in the K&N East/West Series, ARCA, V8 Supercars, Grand-Am Sports Car, American Le Mans, Tudor United Sports Car and other exhibition series races. Said has experienced on-track time with various team owners and with all of NASCAR’s manufacturer partners including Toyota Racing in 2010. In the XFINITY Series Said has registered 23 races and one victory earned in 2010 at the Montreal, Canada event.

“We hate this for Kyle (Busch) obviously and I think everyone is focused on getting him back healthy,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “We can’t thank Monster Energy and all of our partners enough for working with us while Kyle is recovering and certainly it is nice to have Denny (Hamlin) and Erik (Jones) ready to fill in. We’re also excited that Boris (Said) will have the opportunity to drive the car for seven races in 2015.”

“We are excited to be able to have talent like Denny (Hamlin), Erik (Jones) and road racing guru Boris Said to come in and back up Kyle in tough times. Of course we miss Kyle and wish he was out there for us, but we have full confidence in all our guys,” states Vice President of Sports Marketing for Monster Energy Mitch Covington.