Driver Josh Wise
STATESVILLE, N.C. — A Carson-Newman University car will be hitting the high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway in August.
Front Row Motorsports and Carson-Newman on Monday announced a one-race partnership for the No. 35 Ford Fusion, which will be driven by Josh Wise during the Irwin Tools Night Race on Aug. 24.
“We are very excited about this unique opportunity that specific University donors and Front Row Motorsports have afforded us,” Carson-Newman President Randall O’Brien said in a statement.
FRM is owned by Dandridge, Tenn., resident Bob Jenkins and is headquartered just outside Charlotte, N.C. Carson-Newman is a private, Christian liberal arts university located in Jefferson City, Tenn.
“To be able to partner with Mr. Jenkins and his organization in showcasing Christian higher education on a national stage — well, it just doesn’t get much better than that," O’Brien said.
FRM fields the No. 34 of David Ragan, the No. 38 of David Gilliland and the No. 35 of Wise in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
“One of the most gratifying parts of running a Sprint Cup team is bringing new partners into the sport," Jenkins said. “And when it’s an organization as respected as Carson-Newman, it’s even better. Throw in that it’s one of the biggest races of the year and that’s going to make it a pretty special weekend.”
Planning is also under way for a Carson-Newman/Front Row VIP event that will take place on the school's campus during the week leading up to the race.