ThorSport Racing announced today that Safelite AutoGlass®, the nation's largest provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 98 Toyota Tundra driven by Rico Abreu during his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) in 2016.
Abreu, the 2014 USAC National Midget champion, open wheel standout, and back-to-back Chili Bowl Nationals winner, recently announced he would join the Sandusky, Ohio based team in 2016, piloting the No. 98 Toyota Tundra as he competes for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors and the 2016 NCWTS championship.
"To be able to partner with a company like Safelite for my first full-time season in the Truck Series is an honor," said Rico Abreu, driver of the No. 98 Toyota Tundra. "Safelite was on my midget for this year's Chili Bowl Nationals, and we had some success finding victory lane. I hope to be able to continue that success with them this season as I compete for wins, Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors and the 2016 championship."
With nearly 70 years of service, Safelite knows auto glass. Founded at a single location in Wichita, Kansas in 1947, the Columbus, Ohio based company has grown into the largest auto glass specialist in the United States, employing more than 12,000 people in all 50 states.
From front and rear windshields to side glass, Safelite's highly trained technicians serve more than 5.4 million customers each year and ensure the highest quality of work on each job they do.
"We're honored to support Rico in his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, said Renee Cacchillo, Senior Vice President of Customer, Brand & Technology. "Additionally, Safelite AutoGlass is focused on service and quality, so this is an opportunity to align with another greatly admired brand that shares our passion for customer delight."
Safelite's TrueSeal™ innovative technology, MobileGlassShops™, caring customer service, experienced technicians, social responsibility, eco-friendly initiatives, and customer-focused culture are just a few reasons to trust Safelite with your auto glass needs.
"As an Ohio-based team, we are very pleased and honored to be partnering with a highly respected and recognized brand," said Matt LaNeve, VP of Sales and Marketing at ThorSport Racing. "Although Safelite has a national presence, their home, much like ours, is in Ohio, and Rico (Abreu) and everyone at ThorSport Racing is honored to have them as part of our team in 2016. Through this partnership, Safelite will be exposed to the millions of loyal NASCAR fans across the country, and we are honored to help them continue to build on their nationally recognized brand at the motorsports level."
Safelite AutoGlass will make their debut with Abreu in the season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Friday, Feb. 19. All the action will be televised live on FOX Sports 1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR channel 90 at 7:30 p.m. ET.