|New Sprint team for Stenhouse|
Defending NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and two-time American Sprint Car Series National Champion Jason “The Ragin’ Cajun” Johnson have partnered to launch a new team called "Stenhouse Jr. Racing," and will compete for the 2012 ASCS championship.
Stenhouse Jr. Racing will field a pair of Ford-powered Sprint Cars, with Johnson making an all-out assault on the ASCS title, while Stenhouse competes in three to five races when his NASCAR racing schedule allows. Johnson and Stenhouse will campaign the No. 41 and No. 6, respectively. The team has selected Roush Yates Engines of Mooresville, N.C. as the team's power plant supplier, and will continue to run Maxim chassis.
"Growing up racing Sprint Cars with my dad, I've always had strong ties to sprint car racing," said the 24-year old Stenhouse. "Partnering with Jason and being able to bring some exposure to Ford on the grassroots level is very exciting. This will not only add some fun to my racing season, but some added value to our partners such as Ford, Roush Yates, and AccuDoc Solutions."
|Two-time ASCS champ Johnson|
In addition to the 2012 Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour, Johnson will compete in approximately 20 to 25 World of Outlaw events, with a specific schedule to be announced later. "We value the beginning of this new alliance with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.," said Johnson, the 2010 and 2011 Lucas Oil ASCS Owners Champion. "Team JJR strives to provide each sponsor partner professionalism and required results, both on and off the track. We greatly appreciate the support and friendship we have with our current partners and look forward to representing our new partners, AccuDoc Solutions, Roush Yates Engines, Ford, and Valvoline."
Roush Yates CEO Doug Yates commented on the new partnership, saying, "At Roush Yates Performance Engine Group, we're committed to making our Ford ASCS 360 Sprint Car engine program the best in the sport. Being selected to power both Jason and Ricky in this potent new alliance says a lot about our organization. What's really exciting for us is that Ricky has a chance to show not only what he can do on an asphalt super speedway with a Roush Yates FR9 in the Nationwide Series, but he'll also be in a position to demonstrate the power Roush Yates Performance Engine Group offers to any grassroots racer running on a dirt oval. "