WELCOME, N.C. -- Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and AutoZone (NYSE: AZO) have agreed to terms on a partnership for the nation’s leading retailer of automotive parts and accessories to sponsor the No. 21 AutoZone Chevrolet Monte Carlo team for the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series season.
Kevin Harvick and Timothy Peters will share the driving duties for the No. 21 AutoZone team. Harvick, 31, is the reigning and two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion (2001, 2006) as well as a 10-time winner in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Peters, 26, is a three-time late model stock car champion (2002-04) and 10-time World Karting Association (WKA) national champion who raced the previous two seasons in the NASCAR Truck Series.
“We’re very pleased to welcome AutoZone to RCR’s family of sponsors,” said Richard Childress, President and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. “We’re confident the two-driver combination of Kevin Harvick and Timothy Peters will challenge to win races and the season’s owner championship. Everyone at AutoZone has been great to work with in putting the program together and we look forward to returning the favor on the race track.”
AutoZone has stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. Each store carries an extensive line of parts and accessories for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured hard parts, maintenance items and accessories. Since opening its first store in Forrest City, Ark., on July 4, 1979, the company has joined the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: AZO) and earned a spot in the Fortune 500.
"Many of our customers and AutoZoners are NASCAR fans," said Bill Rhodes, President and CEO of AutoZone. "As the leading retailer and distributor of auto parts and accessories in the country, we are proud to partner with the best of NASCAR, Richard Childress Racing. Like AutoZone, this racing team excels through hard work, dedication and a passion for excellence. These same values are demonstrated by our AutoZoners every day in providing WOW! Customer Service in our 3,900 stores. On behalf of the 53,000 AutoZoners nationwide and in Mexico, we wish RCR, Kevin Harvick and Timothy Peters much success in the No.21 AutoZone Chevrolet in the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series."
Richard Childress Racing (www.rcrracing.com) has earned more than 150 victories and 10 NASCAR championships, including six in the NEXTEL Cup Series with the legendary Dale Earnhardt. It was the first organization to win championships in the NEXTEL Cup Series, Busch Series and Truck Series. Its 2007 NEXTEL Cup Series lineup includes Clint Bowyer (No. 07 Jack Daniel’s Chevrolet/No. 07 DIRECTV Chevrolet), Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell Chevrolet) and Jeff Burton (No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet). Its Busch Series lineup includes Bowyer (No. 2 BB&T Chevrolet), Harvick and Timothy Peters (No. 21 AutoZone Chevrolet) and Burton and Scott Wimmer (No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet).