NASCAR: Folds of Honor, QuikTrip to sponsor Atlanta Cup race

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Atlanta Motor Speedway has a new place on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule in 2015. And its event now has new title sponsors.

Folds of Honor, a non-profit that provides educational scholarships and assistance to the families of U.S. military men and women who have been killed or disabled while serving our country, has teamed up with convenience store chain QuikTrip to back Atlanta’s March 1, 2015 Cup race – the Folds of Honor/Quiktrip 500.

This particular race used to be run on Labor Day weekend, but has been shifted to the second weekend of the season and the first following the Daytona 500. In addition to the Cup main event, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series will run a single-day doubleheader at Atlanta on Feb. 28.

“I have had a love for speed my entire life,” Folds of Honor founder Maj. Dan Rooney said in a statement. “To combine the speed of NASCAR with the powerful, life-changing force of Folds of Honor is simply beyond my wildest dreams. Thank you to QuikTrip for being a long-term partner to Folds of Honor and for fueling the future of our military families.”

Said AMS president Ed Clark: “Folds of Honor and QuikTrip provide a unique partnership for Atlanta Motor Speedway. We are humbled at the opportunity to honor and support military members and their families and the commitments they have made to our country in conjunction with their event, which brings fans to Georgia from all over the country.”

Folds of Honor has provided more than 7,500 scholarships since its inception in 2007, with more than 2,000 awarded in 2014 alone. At several races in 2014, its partnership with Budweiser was spotlighted on the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet of reigning Sprint Cup champion and Bud-sponsored driver Kevin Harvick.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.