February 23, 2009 4:53 PM

Jon Ritt of Wheaton, Ill. Becomes Roush Fenway Racing’s Second-Ever Fan of the Year

CONCORD, N.C. (February 23, 2009) — For the second year in a row, Roush Fenway Racing’s fans have made it known in no uncertain terms who they want representing them as their Fan of the Year!  With close to 200,000 votes, Jon Ritt of Wheaton, Ill., emerged as the brand new Roush Fenway Racing Fan of the Year.  Ritt was selected as the winner via online voting from his fellow fans.  There were no other factors used to determine the winner.

“Well, again, we couldn’t have asked for a better representative of our fans.  Jon is so passionate about Roush and that is always so great to hear,” said Amy Rowell, director of internet marketing for Roush Fenway Racing.

“Jon teaches fifth grade at Westmore Elementary School in Lombard, Illinois and he incorporates racing terminology and parts (and Roush Fenway Racing) to teach his children various math skills.  I think that is so clever and such a fun way to get kids to learn,” continues Rowell.  “We are all very excited for him and his wife Lisa to come and visit us here in Concord.  I love meeting our fans because it reminds me of how truly passionate people are about Roush Fenway Racing and NASCAR.  When you’re working in it all the time, sometimes you lose your perspective.”

Below is an excerpt of the entry that Jon submitted:

“My passion for Roush Fenway Racing and NASCAR runs very deep! I have been a very loyal and dedicated fan to Jack’s teams since the 90's. I’ve always admired the Roush corporation’s talent for finding high quality drivers with great character to drive Jack’s race cars. He has had, and still has, some of the most talented NASCAR drivers in all three series. I followed Mark Martin when he was with Roush, Greg Biffle since his truck series days, Matt and Carl since their Nationwide days, now Jamie and David, and more recently, Erik Darnell, who is from my home state of Illinois.

“I also use the various race used items in my math instruction from time to time, all while introducing and converting all 28 of my students into Roush Fenway Racing fans like me! I try to give my students, even those who are autistic or have multi-needs, a hands on experience they will never forget by using the Roush Fenway race used items. I even give some away as prizes too, like lug nuts or autographed mini driver stand ups, and that makes the children even more excited! We talk about Roush Fenway Racing all the time, and especially on Mondays following a race weekend. Though there are many other good racing teams on the NASCAR circuit, there is only one that I will pull for and feel is the greatest of all, and that team is Roush Fenway Racing!”

Ritt and his wife Lisa will be the team’s VIP guests at the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 24, 2009. 

He will also receive exclusive 2008 Roush Fenway Racing Fan of the Year merchandise and apparel.  He will be recognized in a display at the Roush Fenway Racing museum in Concord, North Carolina and will be featured on in a designated 2008 Fan of the Year area. Ritt will serve as an “unofficial spokesperson” of the Roush Fenway Racing Online Fan Clubs on and will be used in various press releases and online materials throughout the year.

About Roush Fenway Racing

Roush Fenway Racing operates 9 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; Three in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Colin Braun; and one in the Camping World Truck Series with Braun.

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