CHINA GROVE, N.C. — official team release — Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America photo —
Viva Motorsports has announced that it will cease operations, effective this week.
The team’s showing at Michigan International Speedway this past Saturday will effectively serve as its last appearance in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
Viva Motorsports came on the NASCAR scene in 2009. Since then, the team has competed in 13 races in the Camping World Truck Series and over 70 events in the XFINITY Series. This season, drivers Jeffrey Earnhardt, Brandon Gdovic and Jamie Dick have gone to work behind the wheel of the Viva Motorsports’ machines. The team garnered three top-20 finishes this season, with Earnhardt’s 12th place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway proving the team’s best effort of the year.
“It takes a tremendous level of commitment to compete at this level of auto racing, especially when striving to get better on limited resources, week in and week out,” said Dick. “It has come to a point where my family and I cannot continue to make the personal and financial commitments that this sport requires. I have always been proud of the quality of race team we brought to the track. Instead of lessening that quality, we decided to take a step back from the sport.”
“I want to thank the whole NASCAR community for allowing me to be part of the family,” Dick continued. “I want to thank our sponsors and our fans for all the support through the years. But most of all, I want to thank the employees of Viva Motorsports, both past and present, for making this team the best it could be.”
All team assets have been purchased. The No. 55 will appear in a handful of races in the 2015 season.
CREDIT: Viva Motorsports