It won’t always be the bright orange numbers on flat black for the Furniture Row Racing Toyota in 2016.
Changes Coming in 2016 for No. 78
Along with switching manufacturers for the 2016 season (from Chevrolet to Toyota), there will be another more noticeable change to the single-car team. Bass Pro Shops will sponsor the No. 78 driven by Martin Truex, Jr. in his third season with the Colorado-based team.
Bass Pro Shops will be the primary sponsor starting with the two races in February’s Daytona Speedweeks — 150-mile qualifying race on Thursday Feb. 18 and the season-opening Daytona 500 on Sunday Feb. 21.
Bass Pro Shops will be the primary sponsor on seven other races in 2016: Phoenix International Raceway (March 13), Texas Motor Speedway (April 9), Talladega Superspeedway (May 1), Kansas Speedway. (May 7), Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 29), Daytona International Speedway (July 2), Bristol Motor Speedway (Aug. 20) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 20). For other Sprint Cup dates in 2016, the No. 78 will have Bass Pro Shops on as an associate sponsor.
Truex, an avid outdoorsman has been sponsored by Bass Pro Shops previously. From 2004 through 2009 while driving for Dale Earnhardt Inc., during which time, Truex won back to back Xfinity Series Championships (in 2004 and 2005).
“I’m very excited to have Bass Pro Shops as a primary co-sponsor on the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota,” said Truex.
“In addition to my passion for fishing, hunting and the outdoors, Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris is a personal friend and a hunting buddy. With our manufacturer changing to Toyota, our Furniture Row Racing team is positioned to take both companies to Victory Lane and contend for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.”
Truex is the fourth driver Bass Pro Shops will be supporting. The other three are Tony Stewart, Ty Dillon and Jamie McMurray
“NASCAR is an excellent platform for Bass Pro Shops and we are pleased to continue our strong alignments with Tony Stewart, Ty Dillon and Jamie McMurray,” said founder of Bass Pro Shops, Johnny Morris.
— Furniture Row Racing (@FR78Racing) January 19, 2016
Source: Furniture Row Racing – Bass Pro Shops Partners with Furniture Row Racing; Reunites with Martin Truex Jr.