HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (February 18, 2014) – Joe Gibbs Racing announces today that Pizza Ranch will sponsor two NASCAR Nationwide Series races during the 2014 season. Driver Michael McDowell will pilot the No. 20 Pizza Ranch Toyota in both Nationwide Series races at Iowa Speedway.
“We are excited to renew our partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Mc Dowell for the 2014 racing season. Michael is an outstanding representative of Joe Gibbs Racing and is a great fit for Pizza Ranch.” stated Cody Pierce, Vice President of Marketing for Pizza Ranch. “We look forward to seeing the #20 Pizza Ranch Toyota back on the track at Iowa Speedway this season.”
McDowell has been impressive behind the wheel for Joe Gibbs Racing since 2011 with ten top-ten finishes in 12 total starts. Last season, McDowell started on the pole at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and came away with a second-place finish, tying a career best he first set at Road America in 2012. He last raced at Iowa Speedway in 2012, when he started both Nationwide Series races at the .875-mile track in the Pizza Ranch Toyota Camry, earning third- and sixth-place finishes respectively.
This is the fifth year Pizza Ranch has been a sponsor and return to the track with JGR after not running any races in 2013.
“It’s great to have Pizza Ranch back with us and Michael McDowell this season,” said J.D. Gibbs, president of JGR. “Iowa is an important market to them so it’s exciting to have them on the car for both of our Nationwide Series races at Iowa Speedway.”
About Pizza Ranch:
Pizza Ranch’s vision is “To glorify God by positively impacting the world we live in.” Founded in Hull, Iowa, in 1981 by Adrie Groeneweg, Pizza Ranch is a prominent regional restaurant chain that offers a wide selection of pizza, salad, chicken with hot mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, potato wedges and desserts in a unique buffet-style environment. The brand’s great tasting food is also available through carry-out and delivery service. Currently, the company boasts 180 locations throughout 13 states in the Midwest and is executing an aggressive growth plan to expand its presence in key U.S. markets. Since 2009, Pizza Ranch has been included in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” list, increasing its ranking each year. For more information about Pizza Ranch and available franchise opportunities, visit www.pizzaranchfranchise.com.
About Joe Gibbs Racing:
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR, currently fielding three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, three NASCAR Nationwide Series teams and a driver development program. Its driver lineup consists of Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth in the Sprint Cup Series, while Sam Hornish, Drew Herring and Michael McDowell join those three in the Nationwide Series. In addition, Darrell Wallace, Jr. will drive a full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series behind the wheel of a Kyle Busch Motorsports Tundra. Based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by Joe Gibbs – a three-time Super Bowl winner as head coach of the Washington Redskins and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – JGR has competed in NASCAR since 1992, winning three Cup Series championships, and four Nationwide Series owner’s championships along with more than 200 NASCAR races, including three Brickyard 400s and the 1993 Daytona 500.