ARRIS International plc (NASDAQ: ARRS) today announced that it has renewed its multi-year sponsorship agreement with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR).
Under the agreement, ARRIS will extend its primary sponsorship of Daniel Suárez to 22 races (up from 17 last year) in this season's Monster Energy® NASCAR® Cup Series™, following Carl Edwards' decision to step away from racing in January. Following his momentous win as the first foreign-born driver to win a NASCAR championship, Suárez will move up as the driver of the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry to compete in NASCAR's highest series.
From the start, ARRIS Racing has shared a passion for developing young talent in racing, alongside Carlos Slim Domit and Escudería. Today, ARRIS also announced that it is continuing its support of young Latin American drivers—renewing its sponsorship of Abraham Calderón, who last season won the Freightliner Truck Series in Mexico, and sponsoring 21-year-old Mexican driver Fabián Welter, who is currently Driver 1 in the Telmex® Driver Development Program.
"ARRIS is a strategic and dedicated partner on and off the track," said Joe Gibbs, founder and owner of JGR. "Their commitment to advancing the sport—from a sponsorship and technology perspective—makes them a genuine leader that our fans have recognized and embraced. We look forward to years of rewarding collaboration and to many more trips to victory lane."
"Our partnership with JGR and our involvement with NASCAR has been instrumental in introducing the ARRIS brand to millions of NASCAR fans. We had a great run with the legendary Carl Edwards, and now we're proud to continue our work with JGR by extending our race-day sponsorship to 22 events in support of Daniel Suárez's history-making trajectory," said Ron Coppock, Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Customer Operations at ARRIS. "Daniel represents the future of racing, and we're looking forward to joining him on the podium in his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season."
"ARRIS Racing is also proud to play an important role in the development of young Latin American racing talent," continued Coppock. "Fabián and Abraham are two drivers who, like a young Daniel Suárez, show great potential on the Mexican racing scene. We are excited to contribute to their growth as drivers and as the next generation of this sport."
"It's a dream to be competing for the first time in the Monster Energy® NASCAR Cup Series™," said Daniel Suárez, JGR driver. With the full support of ARRIS and JGR, I know the whole team will be able to make the most of this coming season and give us every chance of success."
ARRIS joined the NASCAR family in 2014 with its primary sponsorship of JGR drivers Carl Edwards and Daniel Suárez. In 2016, the company installed the most comprehensive Wi-Fi deployment in NASCAR history at Daytona International Speedway, which serves tens of thousands of fans on race days. The company also powers the communications between NASCAR drivers and their teams through its SURFboard® SB6183 modem, E6000™ CER, and integration and support from its Global Services team.