It was announced today that FDNY Racing has signed rising NASCAR star Ryan Ellis to drive their #28 Chevy Silverado for the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, (NCWTS) campaign. The veteran team plans to compete in selected NCWTS events, including the Series’ first race on Feb 21st at Daytona International Raceway.
Earlier this week Ellis tested the team’s Chevy Silverado at Daytona during the “NASCAR Pre Season Thunder” event and the 24 year old Virginian displayed talent immediately – running a lap in excess of 186 mph and putting the bright red #28 FDNY racetruck at the top of the speed charts for much of the first day’s afternoon time trials. Ellis had never been in a NCWTS truck before that day, and in fact had run his first laps of any kind on Daytona’s fabled high banks just 2 days before. Thrilled, FDNY team principles moved quickly to sign Ryan later that evening. “Driving for the FDNY Team is a tremendous honor, not only from a racing standpoint but because of everything they stand for”, explained Ellis. “Being chosen by Jim and his organization to represent the 9-11 cause and the brave FDNY/NYPD first responders is definitely one of the high points of my life. I am truly humbled”.
The FDNY Race Team, led by veteran NASCAR owner Jim Rosenblum, was formed in the wake of the 9-11 tragedy as a way to honor first responders and a means to help support their families. The FDNY race team members are all volunteers who pay their own expenses and all proceeds from the team’s operations are donated to the Uniformed Firefighters Association Widow’s and Children’s Fund.
An accomplished Grand AM professional road racer, Ellis began competing part-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012, making the commitment in late 2013 to pursue his life-long dream to become a full-time NASCAR driver. Ellis is well on his way down that path for 2014, competing in both the NCWTS with FDNY Racing, as well as the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
About FDNY Racing:
The outpouring of support from all Americans for the 9/11 victims and their families and the special emphasis for firefighters has evolved in many forms. It was this by the heroes of the fire department that created the Firefighter Racing Team, by Lt. Mike Bolnik, Ret., FDNY and Jim Rosenblum from Jim Rosenblum Racing and Bob Rahilly from RAHMOC Racing Engines. They established the official NASCAR racing team to honor the fallen heroes and their families and raise funds for the Widow’s and Children’s Fund . FDNY Racing’s team members hail from New York, Florida, North Carolina, Connecticut, Washington, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. During the week they are firemen, salesmen, utility workers, building contractors, business professionals and avionics manufacturers. On the weekends, they come together as FDNY Racing to raise funds for Greatest America’s Heroes.
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