Viva Motorsports has announced that it will cease operations, effective this week. The team's showing at Michigan International Speedway this past weekend will serve as its final appearance in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
Since making its NASCAR debut in 2009, the team has competed in 13 Camping World Truck Series races and over 70 events in the Xfinity Series. This season, drivers Jeffrey Earnhardt, Brandon Gdovic and Jamie Dick have driven the Viva Motorsports' machines, garnering three Top-20 finishes with Earnhardt's 12th place showing at Bristol Motor Speedway ranking as the team's best effort.
Owner Jamie Dick explained the decision, saying, "It takes a tremendous level of commitment to compete at this level of auto racing, especially when striving to get better on limited resources, week in and week out. It has come to a point where my family and I cannot continue to make the personal and financial commitments that this sport requires. I have always been proud of the quality of race team we brought to the track. Instead of lessening that quality, we decided to take a step back from the sport.
"I want to thank the whole NASCAR community for allowing me to be part of the family," said Dick. "I want to thank our sponsors and our fans for all the support through the years. But most of all, I want to thank the employees of Viva Motorsports, both past and present, for making this team the best it could be."
All team assets have been purchased. The No. 55 will appear in a handful of races in the 2015 season under new ownership.