Turner Motorsports announced today that BRANDT will serve as primary sponsor of the #31 NASCAR Nationwide Series Chevrolet driven by Justin Allgaier next season.
Allgaier finished fourth in the 2010 Nationwide championship standings, and joins Turner Motorsports for his third full season of Nationwide Series competition. Located near Allgaier’s hometown in Illinois, BRANDT was founded in 1953 to help Illinois farmers implement new technologies for their operations. Today, the Springfield, Illinois-based company consists of three operating divisions: Specialty Formulations, Retail Agronomy and Dealer Support.
This will mark BRANDT’s first foray into NASCAR, and President and CEO Rick C. Brandt said he is enthusiastic about the company’s jump into Nationwide Series competition. “We are extremely excited to team up with Justin Algaier and Turner Motorsports for the 2011 racing season,” he said. “BRANDT is an exciting, aggressive and family values-based company. We feel we are teaming up with a driver who embodies these same qualities, and we are looking forward to seeing him exemplify that on the track. Coming from the small town of Pleasant Plains, Illinois and having the opportunity to team with such a great driver from nearby Riverton, Illinois adds to the excitement of the collaboration! Also, NASCAR’s upcoming transition to ethanol fuel embodies BRANDT’s leadership as a premier producer of environmentally sustainable products for agriculture. We look forward to representing American farmers on the track!”
Allgaier graduated to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2009 after capturing the ARCA Series championship the previous seasobn. He claimed Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors on the Nationwide tour with three Top-5 and 12 Top-10 finishes. The 24-year-old scored his first series victory at Bristol Motor Speedway last season, en route to eight Top-5 and 20 Top-10 finishes.