Richard Petty Trades Up to Freightliner Trucks

Freightliner Trucks has teamed up with the most famous name in stock car racing. North America’s leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer has entered into a sponsorship agreement with racing legend Richard Petty.

Richard Petty is the most successful NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) driver of all time. His record includes 200 career NASCAR Winston Cup victories, seven season championships, seven Daytona 500 victories and scores of other titles and accolades. His company, Petty Enterprises, owns and operates NASCAR Winston Cup and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race teams.

Under terms of the five-year agreement, Freightliner Trucks is providing heavy-duty truck-tractors and other vehicles for Petty Enterprises’ three Winston Cup teams: the #43 John Andretti Cheerios - Betty Crocker Dodge Intrepid R/T team, the #45 Kyle Petty Sprint Racing Dodge team and the #44 Buckshot Jones Georgia-Pacific Dodge team.

Vehicles to be furnished include the Freightliner Classic XL, the legendary heavy-duty truck for independent operators; the Business Class, Freightliner’s advanced medium-duty truck and the Business Class SportChassis, a versatile and stylish medium-duty tow vehicle. The trucks already are in service and are hauling trailers containing the racers’ cars, spare parts, tools and other equipment.

Freightliner also is furnishing Century Class S/T trucks to the Richard Petty Driving Experience, a stock car driving school with 22 facilities across the U.S. The Century Class S/T heavy-duty truck combines groundbreaking features that enhance performance, safety and efficiency.

“We are very proud to have Freightliner on board as a sponsor of Petty Enterprises,” said Kyle Petty, CEO of Petty Enterprises. “Freightliner Trucks is the leader in North American commercial truck manufacturing and shares our commitment to safety, advanced vehicle technology and winning.”

“Freightliner is thrilled to team up with Petty Racing,” said Mark Lampert, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Freightliner Trucks. “NASCAR is a favorite pastime of many truck drivers, truck owner-operators and fleet owners, so we expect this sponsorship to generate tremendous excitement among current and potential Freightliner customers. As a DaimlerChrysler company, Freightliner also is proud to support NASCAR Winston Cup teams that race Dodge automobiles.”

Lampert added that Freightliner Trucks soon would announce more details about Petty Enterprises-related promotions. Further information will be available on the Freightliner Trucks Web site at

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