Fitz Motorsports


Fitz Motorsports

NASCAR_Owner_Infobox
Company Name = Fitz Motorsports

| Owner(s) Name = Armando Fitz (#22)
Jay Robinson (#36)
Racing Series = Busch Series
Championships = 0
Car Number(s) = #22
#36
Driver(s) = Josh Wise (#22)
Ruben Pardo (#36)
Primary Sponsor(s) = Supercuts
Shop Location = Mooresville, North Carolina
Homepage = [http://www.gofitzmotorsports.com/ Fitz Motorsports]

Fitz Motorsports is a NASCAR team based in Mooresville, North Carolina, which is near Charlotte. The team is owned by Armando and Mimi Fitz. The team was known as the HighLine Performance Group until the end of the 2001 season when they teamed up with Terry Bradshaw and formally created FitzBradshaw Racing. At the end of the 2004 season FBR announced that it was partenering with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates which gave them access to more technicial and engineering support. In addition to the parternship they would also be switching manufacturers from Chevrolet to Dodge. The team also formed a partnership with Michael Waltrip Racing for the 2006 season. Bradshaw left the organization at the end of the 2006 season. The team currently fields the #22 Supercuts/Family Dollar Dodge for various Josh Wise and the #36 Dodge for Ruben Pardo.

print Cup Series

FitzBradshaw briefly ran a Cup operation in 2002 with Kerry Earnhardt driving #83 [http://www.racingusa.com RacingUSA.com] /Aaron's Chevrolet. Earnhardt failed in each of his attempts, but Ron Hornaday qualified for that year's Checker Auto Parts 500, finishing 36th. Earnhardt attempted the 2003 Auto Club 500, but also failed to qualify.

Nationwide Series

Beginnings

Armando Fitz's team started as a two-car operation during the 2001 season. He and his wife, Mimi, purchased the team from his father-in-law and current Nextel Cup co-owner Felix Sabates. The team, then known as the as the HighLine Performance Group ran the #8 Chevrolet and #11 Chevrolet. Blaise Alexander began the season in the #8 car, but after four races, the team cut back to a part-time schedule. Frank Kimmel, Jeff Falk, Michael Dokken, Jason Rudd, Mario Hernandez, Mark Voigt, and Josh Richeson all shared time in the car over the season, with the #8 team finishing 42nd in owner's points. Marty Houston drove the newly renumbered #11 car at the beginning of the year, his best finish being a 13th at the NAPA Auto Parts 300, but he was replaced by Ron Hornaday after the Outback Steakhouse 300. Hornaday had two top-tens but was released before the season was over, and was replaced by Todd Bodine who had one top-five in three races. The #11 car ended 21st in owner points.

Car #22 history

In 2002, the newly formed FitzBradshaw Racing signed Supercuts, [http://www.1010220.com/ 10-10-220] , Hot Tamales, and Jani-King as sponsors and Kerry Earnhardt as the driver. Earnhardt had two top-fives and finished 22nd in points. Earnhardt did not have a top-ten finish in 2003, and was released after the Tropicana Twister 300. Tim Fedewa replaced him for the balance of the season, finishing in the top-20 eight times. Fedewa had five top-tens in 2004, and finished sixteenth in points. Fedewa struggled in 2005, and did not finish in the top-ten, causing him to be released after Pikes Peak. Joel Kauffman, Paul Wolfe, Carlos Contreras, Kertus Davis, Sterling Marlin, and Steadman Marlin all shared the ride for the rest of the season. In 2006, the #12 car has seen several different drivers through the first 25 races of the season. Joel Kauffman was slated to run the full schedule for the team this year, however after struggling the team scaled back his schedule. David Reutimann ran the car at Daytona because Kauffman had not received approval for superspeedway racing. Tracy Hines and Mike Skinner drove the car in multiple races. For the 2007 season, Fitz Motorsports switched to the #22 and signed David Stremme and Mike Bliss as their principal drivers. Both drivers had great success in the #22, with Bliss scoring the team's best finish of second at Memphis. Bliss returned in 2008 to drive full time, but left for Phoenix Racing after six races, and was replaced by various Cup drivers including Robby Gordon and Reed Sorenson, before Michael Waltrip Racing development driver Josh Wise became the new permanent driver.

Car #36 history

The team expanded to two cars in 2003 halfway through the season as the United States Navy came aboard to sponsor the #14. Casey Atwood debuted the car at Kentucky Speedway, bringing it home in 9th place. Atwood ran 11 races that year, posting four top-ten finishes. Atwood came back in 2004, and had seven top-tens, when he was dismissed after Lowe's. His immediate replacement was Dave Blaney for one race, before Ganassi development driver David Stremme joined from Braun Racing and ran the remainder of the season (with FitzBradshaw agreeing to switch to Dodges for the next season as a condition of Stremme's move). Stremme ran the #14 full-time in 2005, and had ten top-tens, finishing 13th in points, before moving up to compete in the NEXTEL Cup series. Tracy Hines was hired to run in the #14 Dodge for the 2006 season, however sponsorship issuesforced the team to compete on a limited basis. Steadman Marlin competed for the team in two races and A. J. Foyt IV competed in one race for the team. It was announced in July 2006 that Family Dollar would sponsor the car for nine races and the team would feature Ricky Craven, Carlos Contreras, and Mike Skinner as drivers. Fitz Motorsports changed the car number to #44 for 2007 and Ruben Pardo qualified for the team's first race at the Telcel-Motorola México 200, followed up by another start at Nashville Superspeedway. Mike Bliss also drove the #44 with Family Dollar sponsorship at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May of 2007. For 2008, Kenny Wallace was signed to drive the #36 with sponsorship from Shark Energy Drink. Although Wallace missed the season opener at Daytona, he ran all following races until owner Armando Fitz announced on March 17 that the #36 team would only run part time due to a lack of product distribution, and the owner points of the 36 were switched the #28 of Wallace's new team. The #36 began running part-time with Pardo and Charles Lewandoski driving midway through the season.

Car #40 history

This car made its debut in 2003 at the Tropicana Twister 300 as the #82 Jani-King Chevrolet driven by Casey Atwood, who finished 21st. Randy LaJoie drove the car again at Phoenix, finishing 14th. LaJoie continued to run the car part-time in 2004 with sponsorship from Goulds Pumps, his best finish being 13th at Las Vegas. In 2005, the team switched to #40 with sponsorship from Jani-King and Cottman Transmission. Sterling Marlin began the season with the team, with Carlos Contreras and Scott Lagasse Jr. filling in. Towards the end of the season, Contreras, Paul Wolfe, and Erin Crocker got majority of the starts in the car. For 2006, Michael Waltrip purchased the team's owners points and began a partnership with FBR to run the #99 Aaron's Dodge.

Other Series

In addition to the Busch Series, Fitz Motorsports operates race teams in other series as well. In 2007, they fielded entries in the NASCAR Busch East Series with Ruben Pardo as the team's driver, with Pierre Borque racing on a part-time basis, and the NASCAR Mexico Series, where Carlos Pardo drove the team's FitzContreras Racing entry, along with development driver Maxime Dumarey.

In 2007, the team partnered with Hyper Sport to race in the Grand Am Series.

Ruben Pardo now races in the East Series for Fitz.

External links

* [http://www.gofitzmotorsports.com/ Fitz Motorsports Homepage]
* [http://www.everythingstockcar.com/1349o-armando-fitz-nascar-owner.html Armando Fitz - NASCAR Owner]
* [http://www.tameracing.com/ Motorcraft/Sherwin Williams/ALD/ Tame racing Official Website]
* [http://www.irwinvences.com/ irwin vences Official Website]
* [http://www.fcvracing.com/ Fitz Contreras Vazquez racing team Official Website]


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