And the winner is…Jarrott Kirby from Marshall, Texas!
CONCORD, N.C. (December 18, 2007) — Roush Fenway Racing’s fans have spoken and the 2007 Fan of the Year is…Jarrott Kirby! With over 100,000 online votes, Kirby pulled ahead of the other weekly winners to clinch the title on Friday. Kirby was selected the winner via online voting from his fellow fans. There were no other factors used to determine the winner.
“We’re thrilled with the voter turnout we had and we’re honored to have Jarrott as our first-ever Fan of the Year. He’s going to be a great spokesperson for our fans and we’re going to have a really fun year with him and his family,” said Amy Rowell, director of internet marketing for Roush Fenway Racing.
“Jarrott has had a lot to go through this past year and through everything he’s remained a hard-core Roush Fenway Racing (and Roush Performance) fan,” continued Rowell. “The entry his wife Paula submitted showed us that and apparently it spoke to the fans as well. I spoke to him and his wife this morning and they were both just so excited. I was excited for them too! I’m looking forward to getting to know them. They seem like really sweet, genuine people.”
Below is the entry that Paula Kirby submitted on behalf of her husband, Jarrott:
“I am actually entering this for my husband, Jarrott Kirby. He has to be the ultimate Roush Fenway Racing fan. Last year on April 1, he was in a serious motorcycle accident which resulted in two broken femurs, a broken arm and ankle and (he) ended up losing his left leg. His accident was the day before the April race at Texas Motor Speedway, which we did have tickets for but obviously were unable to go. He was in ICU not even aware of anything around him. We made sure the race was on the television in his room, we were only able to go in his room every two hours for 15 minutes, the last time we went in his room before the race was over, Jack Roush was on the TV and he woke up long enough to see him and said, ‘It's Jack Roush, he's my hero!’ And he was out again.
“Now almost a year since his accident, he has given up motorcycles and moved on to trucks, a Roush (Performance) F-150 at that. As soon as he saw that truck, there was no turning back. We also have a dog and his name of course is Roush Racer. My husband is such a huge fan of anything Roush, it's ridiculous. His dream is to be the next ‘Driver X’ for Roush Racing. He's always asking if I think he could do it even though he is an amputee. The day of his accident he was wearing a Roush Performance t-shirt. The shirt had to be cut off of him but he saved the chest patch from the shirt and has it laminated into his prosthetic leg. Jarrott absolutely idolizes Jack Roush and Mark Martin.”
The 2007 Roush Fenway Racing Fan of the Year will be the team’s VIP guest at the 2008 Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 25, 2008. Schedule and details will be provided to the winning fan at a later date.
The winner will also receive apparel and merchandise designating them as the 2007 Roush Fenway Racing Fan of the Year. He will be recognized in a display at the Roush Fenway Racing museum in Concord, North Carolina and will be featured on RoushFenway.com in a designated 2007 Fan of the Year area. The 2007 Roush Fenway Racing Fan of the Year will serve as an “unofficial spokesperson” of the Roush Fenway Racing Online Fan Clubs on www.RoushFenway.com and will be used in various press releases and online materials throughout the year.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating 13 motorsports teams. Five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun and Joey Clanton; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.