February 4, 2014, Windsor, Ontario – Mopar®, Chrysler Canada’s service, parts and customer-care brand, is proud to announce that Quebec-born Andrew Ranger will be the driver of the #28 Mopar racecar for the 2014 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) season.
Ranger is no stranger to the NCATS circuit: Age 27, he’s already won the Series’ Championship twice (2007 and 2009), run a total of 58 races with 11 poles, 50 top-10s finishes, 34 top-5s and 16 win. The Roxton Pond, Quebec native’s new #28 Mopar racecar will now be built by the top-notch racing team of another two-time NCATS champion, DJ Kennington.
“This is a great opportunity for me to race a full season and compete to win a third championship,” said Ranger. “I’m really looking forward to working with Mopar and DJK racing to put the #28 ahead of the competition.”
Said NCATS driver and head of DJK Racing, DJ Kennington: “I’m very excited to be part of this new partnership and having an even larger relationship with Mopar. Our DJK Racing team has won two championships with Mopar power and we take great pride in what we’ve accomplished. It’s terrific news for the Series to have Andrew Ranger back full-time and I’m looking forward to competing against him every weekend”.
Mopar is synonymous with racing and the storied brand has been ingrained in Canada’s motorsports scene for decades. It has been a major part of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series since its inception and the CASCAR Series which preceded it. In 2013, a Dodge won all 12 NCATS races; of the 60 total competitors throughout the season, 42 were Dodge-bodied and Scott Steckly – in the Canadian Tire Dodge – won the Series’ Championship.
Mopar is also the title sponsor of the Canadian Superbike Championship and sponsor of the two biggest IHRA Drag Race events in North America: the Mopar Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals in Edmonton, Alberta and the Mopar Nitro Jam Nationals at Grand Bend, Ontario.
“Mopar is extremely excited to announce that Andrew Ranger will be the new driver of the Mopar-sponsored Dodge Challenger in the Canadian NASCAR series,” said Jim Kiritsis, Senior Manager, National Service & Parts for Mopar Canada. “Having Andrew as our wheel-man in the car embossed with the Omega ‘M’ will give us a presence at the track that is sure to be nothing short of epic. Additionally, we are thrilled to be teaming up with DJK Racing, a winning car and Mopar engine builder. These proven winners embody the Mopar adage, ‘Authentic Performance’.”
In 2009 Andrew Ranger was voted the Most Popular NASCAR Canadian Tire Series driver. The same year he finished third in the NASCAR’s upper-level Napa Auto Parts 200 Nationwide event at Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Last year, Ranger competed in three NCATS races, with first, second and third place finishes.
Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand. Mopar distributes approximately 280,000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Truck vehicles. Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered and tested with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Truck vehicles – a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide.
About the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1:
Canada’s premiere auto racing series competes at top motorsports venues across the country from British Columbia to Nova Scotia from May through September. Since its inception in 2007, more than 100 drivers from around the world have participated in this NASCAR developmental series with a typical 12-13-race schedule. All of the races are telecast nationally on the TSN and RDS platforms. For more, visit: http://hometracks.nascar.com
About Chrysler Canada Inc.:
Founded as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925, Chrysler Canada Inc. is based in Windsor, Ontario, and celebrates its 89th anniversary in 2014. Chrysler Canada’s product lineup features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Dodge Grand Caravan, Jeep® Wrangler, Chrysler 300 and Ram trucks.
Chrysler Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC, one of the world’s leading automotive companies. Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat Group, produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck, SRT®, FIAT® and Mopar® vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler’s culture of innovation – first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925 – and Fiat’s complementary technology – from a company whose heritage dates back to 1899. Fiat will contribute world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-sized cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.
From: Daniel Labre/ National Communications Manager- Chrysler Canada Inc.