HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – Joe Gibbs Racing announced Thursday that Rheem, a 10-year NASCAR sponsor, will back both Christopher Bell and Ryan Preece in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next season.
Reigning NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Bell will be at the wheel for 23 races in the No. 20 Rheem Toyota, while former NASCAR modified champion Preece will pilot the No. 18 Rheem Toyota for 10 races.
“We are delighted to partner with Joe Gibbs Racing,” said said Chris Peel, Rheem President and COO. “Joe Gibbs’ life, business accomplishments and his company’s values fit well with Rheem’s culture of innovation, integrity and philanthropy. We are also pleased to join JGR’s partner family, comprised of some of the world’s most successful, innovative companies that are committed to leading and winning. We look forward to working and winning with Coach Gibbs and his team.”
The Rheem and Ruud brands will both be on track in 2018, as Rheem kicks off its second decade of racing by debuting two new paint schemes.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Rheem,” said team owner Joe Gibbs. “They have built a winning company in their industry with many of the same attributes we hold valuable at our race team. Rheem has a long history in our sport and they understand what it takes to be successful. We think Christopher (Bell) and Ryan (Preece) will represent them well both on and off the track.”
“I’m incredibly fortunate to have a partner like Rheem come on board and support me as we run for the championship, as well as Rookie of the Year honors, in the XFINITY Series in 2018,” said Bell. “Rheem is at the top of their business and they know racing having supported the sport for so long. I’m proud to have the opportunity to represent them.”
Rheem is a global leader in advanced technology and the only manufacturer producing heating, cooling, water heating, pool & spa heating and commercial refrigeration products.
Founded in 1925, the Rheem mission is simple: help families everywhere enjoy a new degree of comfort with solutions that keep them cool in the summer, warm in the winter and enjoying hot water year-round.
For nearly a century, Rheem has designed, developed, and manufactured products that make lives safer, more comfortable and more productive, while delivering quality, value, and reliability to homes and businesses across the globe.
“My family has worked in the HVAC business, so we know first-hand that Rheem is the leader in this industry,” said Preece. “I’m thrilled to have them on board with me for 10 races next year and hope to keep them at the front of the field where they belong.”
The Rheem Camry will hit the track with Bell at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Feb. 17, while the Ruud Camry will debut in Atlanta on Feb. 24.
Preece debuts for Rheem at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. on March 17.
Rheem most recently served as a major sponsor at Richard Childress Racing in the XFINITY Series, backing the team’s No. 2 Chevrolet with Austin Dillon, Ben Kennedy and others over the course of the year.
CREDIT: Joe Gibbs Racing