|New era for JGR includes Edwards, Suarez, and new
|By Kristen Schneider
August 19, 2014
As a new era begins, an old tradition ceases.
The worst-kept secret in NASCAR was confirmed Tuesday morning at a press conference held
by Joe Gibbs Racing. Carl Edwards is set to join the organization in 2015, driving the No. 19.
Arris Group Inc., a communications manufacturer that’s new to the sport, will serve as primary
sponsor for 17 races.
This ends the long partnership between Edwards and Roush-Fenway Racing. Though the news
has been known for months, the truth is that RFR is lacking. With two of their top drivers moving
to JGR (Matt Kenseth jumped aboard in 2013), the race team is light-years away from its glory
days. The team has been a NASCAR staple and isn’t up to par with the changing times.
Arris will also be on a JGR car full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series; the announcement
included Daniel Suarez, who will run the entire NNS schedule and some of the NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series races. The company will also be on the hood of a NASCAR
Mexico Series machine. This is the first time a sponsor has extended into four series.
Suarez will also have support from Escuderia TELMEX, a Mexican telecommunications
company that takes interest in Suarez and his Hispanic background.
Though bittersweet, the announcement brings exciting news that two new sponsors are diving
into the sport. NASCAR was lacking in that area, so this is a great sight for not only JGR but for
the entire NASCAR community.