SBD/Issue 236/Sponsorships, Advertising & Marketing

Mark Martin Reportedly Set To Drive No. 88 Ford Next Year

Mark Martin To Drive No. 88 Car?
A Robert Yates Racing spokesperson “has denied a report that Mark Martin will move to Yates and replace Dale Jarrett” as the driver of the No. 88 Ford next season (VIRGINIAN-PILOT, 9/6). In Jacksonville, Don Coble cites “three sources close to Ford Racing” as saying that Martin will take over for Jarrett, who will drive a Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing next season. An official announcement of Martin’s move is expected in about a week (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 9/6).

TRACY: Paul Tracy is joining with Toyota “to run an even more aggressive stock car schedule” in ‘07. Tracy, who is running a limited Busch schedule this year, said, “If you are a young driver, especially a young American driver, and you are looking to go racing with a lot of frequency and make a lot of money, (NASCAR) is the place to be” (TORONTO SUN, 9/5).

RIDING IN CARS WITH GIRLS: Ophthonix will be the primary sponsor of the Dreyer & Reinbold IRL team and driver Sarah Fisher in the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway this Sunday (Ophthonix).

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