No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Makes First Appearance as Primary Sponsor
in NASCAR Nationwide Series
in NASCAR Nationwide Series
MARYVILLE, Tenn., Apr 27, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Ruby Tuesday, Inc. announces six primary sponsorship races with Penske Racing and Aaron's 312 Nationwide Series winner, Brad Keselowski. The No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Charger will make its debut in the Nationwide Series on Friday, April 30, at the BUBBA burger 250 race in Richmond, VA.
"We're excited to compete in our first primary race with Brad and the Penske team," said Mark Young, Ruby Tuesday's Chief Marketing Officer. "Brad's win at Talladega on Sunday and his track record this season is impressive and we feel good about the opportunities for more big wins." Ruby Tuesday is primary sponsor for six races and associate sponsor for the other races on the No. 22 car in the 2010 Nationwide Series. "Penske Racing is one of the most successful teams in sports history and I think our passion and commitment to excellence are very much aligned," added Young.
The No. 22 Ruby Tuesday Dodge Charger will take to the track in five other races in the Nationwide Series: Darlington Raceway on May 7, Dover International Speedway on May 15, New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 26, Richmond International Raceway on September 10 and Dover International Speedway on September 25.
Keselowksi, voted most popular driver by the fans on the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit in 2008 and 2009, is eager to capture a win for the Ruby Tuesday team. "Ruby Tuesday is an organization with passion and pride in all it does and I think this is the beginning of a great relationship," said Keselowski. "We've enjoyed the partnership and successes with Ruby Tuesday this season and we're looking forward to getting them to Victory Lane with Penske Racing and the No. 22 team."
Keselowski, in his first season with Penske Racing, currently leads the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series driver and owner point standings.
About Ruby Tuesday
Ruby Tuesday, Inc. has company-owned and/or franchise Ruby Tuesday brand restaurants in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and 14 foreign countries. As of March 2, 2010, the company owned and operated 659 Ruby Tuesday restaurants, while domestic and international franchisees (including Hawaii) operated 168 and 57 restaurants, respectively. Ruby Tuesday, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (Symbol: RT).
About Penske Racing
In 2010, Penske Racing competes in the NASCAR Cup Series with former Cup Series champion Kurt Busch and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge, former three-time IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. in the No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge and Brad Keselowski in the No. 12 Penske Dodge. The team also races in the Nationwide Series with Justin Allgaier, the 2009 series Rookie of the Year, in the No. 12 Verizon Dodge and multiple race-winner Keselowski driving the No. 22 Discount Tire and Ruby Tuesday Dodge. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Penske Racing have produced more than 315 major race wins, over 370 pole positions and 22 national championships.
For more information about Penske Racing, please visit www.penskeracing.com.
SOURCE: Ruby Tuesday, Inc.
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