MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 13, 2010) - Turner Motorsports is pleased to announce that Brandt will serve as primary sponsor of the No. 31 Chevrolet Impala, driven by NASCAR Nationwide Series championship contender, Justin Allgaier during the 2011 racing season. Allgaier, who finished the 2010 season fourth in the NNS championship points standings, joins Turner Motorsports in 2011 for his third full season of Nationwide Series competition.
Brandt , located near Allgaier's hometown in Illinois, was founded in 1953 to help Illinois farmers adopt new technologies for their operations. Today, the Springfield, Ill.-based company is a global enterprise consisting of three operating divisions: Specialty Formulations, Retail Agronomy and Dealer Support. This will mark Brandt 's first endeavor as a primary sponsor with a NASCAR team.
Brandt President and CEO, Rick C. Brandt, is very enthusiastic about the company's jump into NASCAR Nationwide Series competition.
"We are extremely excited to team up with Justin and Turner Motorsports for the 2011 racing season," said Brandt. "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!"
Turner Motorsports owner, Steve Turner, is pleased to welcome Brandt on board as part of his NASCAR Nationwide Series program.
"I am very happy to welcome Brandt as a Turner Motorsports marketing partner," said Turner. "It is a company that I feel has the same core values and the same qualities that we do at Turner Motorsports. They have seen the value in NASCAR and how it can help move the needle from both a marketing and sales perspective. We are confident we will win with them both on and off the track. I am honored they want to be a part of our organization and are looking forward to a long-term successful relationship."
Allgaier, a Riverton, Ill.-native, has made a name for himself coming through the national stockcar racing ranks. "Little Gator", a nickname Allgaier earned for his size and aggressive nature behind the wheel, started racing Midget and Sprint cars at age six before moving onto stockcars as a teenager.
After capturing the ARCA Racing Series championship in 2008, he graduated to the NASCAR Nationwide Series the following year and claimed the Rookie of the Year honors with three top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. The 24-year-old scored his first NNS victory in 2010 at Bristol Motor Speedway and rounded out the season with two pole awards, eight top-five and 20 top-10 finishes.