- Fitz Motorsports
Company Name = Fitz Motorsports
| Owner(s) Name =
Jay Robinson (#36)
Racing Series =
Championships = 0
Car Number(s) = #22
Primary Sponsor(s) =
Shop Location = Mooresville,
Homepage = [http://www.gofitzmotorsports.com/ Fitz Motorsports]
Fitz Motorsports is a
NASCARteam 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 Bradshawand 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 Chevroletto Dodge. The team also formed a partnership with Michael Waltrip Racingfor the 2006 season. Bradshaw left the organization at the end of the 2006 season. The team currently fields the #22 Supercuts/ Family Dollar Dodgefor various Josh Wiseand the #36 Dodge for Ruben Pardo.
print Cup Series
FitzBradshaw briefly ran a Cup operation in 2002 with
Kerry Earnhardtdriving #83 [http://www.racingusa.com RacingUSA.com] / Aaron'sChevrolet. Earnhardt failed in each of his attempts, but Ron Hornadayqualified for that year's Checker Auto Parts 500, finishing 36th. Earnhardt attempted the 2003 Auto Club 500, but also failed to qualify.
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 Cupco-owner Felix Sabates. The team, then known as the as the HighLine Performance Group ran the #8 Chevrolet and #11 Chevrolet. Blaise Alexanderbegan 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 Richesonall shared time in the car over the season, with the #8 team finishing 42nd in owner's points. Marty Houstondrove 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 Hornadayafter the Outback Steakhouse 300. Hornaday had two top-tens but was released before the season was over, and was replaced by Todd Bodinewho 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-Kingas sponsors and Kerry Earnhardtas 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 Fedewareplaced 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 Marlinall 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 Kauffmanwas slated to run the full schedule for the team this year, however after struggling the team scaled back his schedule. David Reutimannran the car at Daytona because Kauffman had not received approval for superspeedway racing. Tracy Hinesand 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 Racingafter six races, and was replaced by various Cup drivers including Robby Gordon and Reed Sorenson, before Michael Waltrip Racingdevelopment driver Josh Wisebecame the new permanent driver.
Car #36 history
The team expanded to two cars in 2003 halfway through the season as the
United States Navycame aboard to sponsor the #14. Casey Atwooddebuted 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 Blaneyfor one race, before Ganassi development driver David Stremmejoined from Braun Racingand 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 Cupseries. Tracy Hineswas hired to run in the #14 Dodge for the 2006 season, however sponsorship issuesforced the team to compete on a limited basis. Steadman Marlincompeted for the team in two races and A. J. Foyt IVcompeted in one race for the team. It was announced in July 2006 that Family Dollarwould 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 Pardoqualified for the team's first race at the Telcel-Motorola México 200, followed up by another start at Nashville Superspeedway. Mike Blissalso drove the #44 with Family Dollarsponsorship at Lowe's Motor Speedwayin May of 2007. For 2008, Kenny Wallacewas 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 17that 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 Lewandoskidriving midway through the season.
Car #40 history
This car made its debut in 2003 at the Tropicana Twister 300 as the #82
Jani-KingChevrolet driven by Casey Atwood, who finished 21st. Randy LaJoiedrove 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-Kingand Cottman Transmission. Sterling Marlinbegan the season with the team, with Carlos Contrerasand Scott Lagasse Jr.filling in. Towards the end of the season, Contreras, Paul Wolfe, and Erin Crockergot majority of the starts in the car. For 2006, Michael Waltrippurchased the team's owners points and began a partnership with FBR to run the #99 Aaron'sDodge.
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 Serieswith Ruben Pardo as the team's driver, with Pierre Borqueracing on a part-time basis, and the NASCAR Mexico Series, where Carlos Pardodrove the team's FitzContreras Racing entry, along with development driver Maxime Dumarey.
In 2007, the team partnered with
Hyper Sportto race in the Grand Am Series.
Ruben Pardo now races in the East Series for Fitz.
* [http://www.gofitzmotorsports.com/ Fitz Motorsports Homepage]
* [http://www.everythingstockcar.com/1349o-armando-fitz-nascar-owner.html Armando Fitz - NASCAR Owner]
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