FDNY Racing

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FDNY Racing
FDNY Racing logo.png
Owner(s)Jim Rosenblum
BaseConcord, North Carolina
SeriesNASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series
Race drivers28. Bryan Dauzat
Sponsors28. FDNY/American Genomics
ManufacturerChevrolet
Opened1978
Career
DebutWinston Cup Series:
1983 Mason-Dixon 500 (Dover)
Gander Outdoors Truck Series:
1995 Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic (Phoenix)
Latest raceWinston Cup Series:
1993 Miller Genuine Draft 500 (Pocono)
Gander Outdoors Truck Series:
2019 NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Daytona)
Races competedTotal: 82
Winston Cup Series: 27
Gander Outdoors Truck Series: 55

FDNY Racing, formerly named Jim Rosenblum Racing, Jocko's Racing, Linro Motorsports, and Golden Annie Racing, is an American professional stock car racing team that competes in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. The team fields the No. 28 Chevrolet Silverado for Bryan Dauzat.

FDNY Racing consists of volunteers from the New York City Fire and Police Departments,[1] with all winnings earned being donated to the Uniformed Firefighters Association Widow's and Children's Fund.[2]

Team history[edit]

Jim Rosenblum[edit]

Jim Rosenblum (born c. 1940), a native of Mamaroneck, New York, was a street drag racer in his youth. After being inspired by friend and 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Rathmann, he began competing in the Trans-Am Series in the 1960s, later winning a championship.[1] He began owning stock car teams in 1968.[3]

Rosenblum operates FDNY Racing with his own money. To continue running the team, in 2005, he cashed in his life insurance policy.[4] His brother Norman, the former mayor of Mamaroneck, also works on the team.[5]

In 2004, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg awarded Rosenblum the New York Post's Liberty Medal Award. Four years later, he was named an Honorary Battalion Chief by the FDNY.[1]

Winston Cup Series[edit]

During the 1980s, Rosenblum formed Linro Motorsports, which began fielding cars in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for friend Jocko Maggiacomo in 1983.[1][6] He drove for the team until he was involved in a serious wreck at Pocono Raceway in 1988. In his place, Rosenblum hired sports car veteran Oma Kimbrough as a road course ringer for the Watkins Glen International races, which he ran in the No. 13 from 1989 to 1991.[7][6]

Linro later established the Golden Annie Racing banner, which Randy LaJoie raced under at the turn of the decade.[8] Other Cup drivers for Rosenblum included Eddie Bierschwale, Gary Balough, Jeff McClure, Bob Schacht and Kerry Teague until 1993 with Nos. 13, 27 and 29. Rosenblum's team had a best finish of 24th, accomplished twice by Maggiacomo and Kimbrough at Pocono and Watkins Glen, respectively.[6]

After the creation of the Truck Series, Rosenblum fielded Cup and Truck teams until he shut down the former due to rising costs.[1]

Gander Outdoors Truck Series[edit]

Truck No. 28 history[edit]

Rosenblum started a team in the Truck Series' inaugural 1995 season for Teague as the No. 51; Teague's best finish with the team was 13th, achieved at Tucson Raceway Park and Bristol Motor Speedway.[9] In 1996, Rosenblum fielded one-off runs for T. J. Clark, Ritchie Petty, and Perry Tripp before shutting the team down due to monetary problems.[10] Three years later, he revived the operation and fielded trucks for Ronnie Hoover (1999) and Kenny Allen and Conrad Burr (2000).[11]

After the September 11 attacks in 2001, Rosenblum associated with retired firefighter Lt. Mike Bolnik, who suggested rebranding the team to support those affected.[12] Partnering with RahMoc Enterprises owner Bob Rahilly, Rosenblum renamed the team FDNY Racing and renumbered the truck to No. 28.[13][1] Burr returned to the team in 2002, qualifying for all but one race in six attempts.[14] Joe Ruttman also ran a race for the team at Darlington Raceway. In 2003, L. W. Miller ran the first five races of the season.[11] A year later, Buddy Davis failed to qualify the No. 28 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.[15]

In 2005, for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, the truck ran with a decal stating "Always remember... never forget" and the names of firefighters Lt. Curtis Meyran, John Bellew, and Richard Sclafani; the three had died on Black Sunday in fires earlier in the year.[16] The team attempted two races with David Ragan in 2005, including another run at Lowe's, but failed to qualify for both.[17] The team made a return to a race in 2006 with Carl Long at Lowe's Motor Speedway. From 2007 to 2010, the team started six races with Brandon Knupp, Wayne Edwards, Andy Lally and Chad McCumbee. Wes Burton ran four races for FDNY, and in 2013, Blake Koch and Dominick Casola contested a race each.[11] Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver Andy Seuss attempted to make his series debut at Rockingham Speedway, but missed the race.[18]

In 2014, Grand-Am driver Ryan Ellis tested with the team at Daytona's Preseason Thunder session and led the speed charts with a speed of 186 miles per hour (299 km/h).[13] On January 22, he joined the team on a part-time basis starting with Daytona's NextEra Energy Resources 250.[2] During the race at Charlotte, Ellis was involved in a crash with Jake Crum, which destroyed FDNY's truck. After receiving some funding from a GoFundMe campaign and Ellis' Kappa Sigma college fraternity, the team returned at Pocono.[19] During the year, Whelen Modified Tour driver Bryan Dauzat made his Truck Series debut in the No. 28 at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he finished last after completing just four laps due to suspension problems.[20] 2015 marked the FDNY's 150th Anniversary, during which FDNY and Ellis attempted three races, qualifying at Daytona and Bristol, where he finished 16th and 20th, respectively.[21]

Seuss returned to the team in 2016, finally making his Truck debut at Charlotte; qualifying was rained out and the team was in position to miss the race due to a lack of race attempts that year, prompting Rosenblum to make an agreement with MAKE Motorsports to take over MAKE's No. 1 truck for the race. He would finish last after crashing on lap 20.[18] In 2017 they attempted Daytona in February, failing to qualify with Dauzat. They returned with Dauzat at Pocono in July.

In February 2018, the team announced on their Facebook that the season-opening Truck race at Daytona would be their last with Rosenblum retiring.[10] Dauzat drove the No. 28 to an 18th-place finish despite being caught up in a crash with Clay Greenfield and Korbin Forrister.[22] Despite the initial announcement, FDNY Racing returned for that year's Talladega event, where Dauzat finished eighth for his and his team's first top-ten finish.[23][11] During the season-opening 2019 NextEra Energy 250, Dauzat accidentally hit his jackman Billy Rock on pit road when his truck experienced braking problems. Rock was rushed to Halifax Health for his injuries and was diagnosed with a broken shoulder. He was released from the hospital shortly after.[24]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Ellis signs with Jim Rosenblum/ FDNY Racing for 2014 NCWTS Tour". Ryan Ellis. January 22, 2014. Archived from the original on September 26, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  3. ^ Palladino, Ernie (February 12, 2007). "Rosenblum gives to racing, 9/11 families". The Journal News. Retrieved September 11, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Swan, Raygan (July 22, 2007). "FDNY Racing has the heart despite odds against them" (PDF). NASCAR. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "Mayor Rosenblum: 'Mamaroneck Is The No. 1 Destination In Westchester'". Mamaroneck Daily Voice. October 19, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Jim Rosenblum – NASCAR Sprint Cup Results (races)". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  7. ^ Beard, Brock (2018). J. D.: The Life and Death of a Forgotten NASCAR Legend. Waldorf Publishing. Rosenblum tabbed He drove for Jim Rosenblum's Linro Motorsports in the same No. 13 he raced to a thirty-seventh-place finish at The Glen the year before. Rosenblum tabbed Kimbrough to run The Glen following the serious injuries suffered by driver Jocko Maggiacomo, who suffered a catastrophic wreck with Bobby Allison at Pocono in 1988.
  8. ^ Greco, Tony (July 18, 1991). "Optimism has kept Jim Rosenblum going". Standard-Speaker. Retrieved September 11, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Kerry Teague – 1995 NASCAR SuperTruck Series by Craftsman Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  10. ^ a b Chuhran, John (February 16, 2019). "FDNY Racing - Daytona 2019: Competing for a Higher Cause". MetroSports Magazine. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d "NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results (races)". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  12. ^ Palladino, Ernie (February 12, 2007). "Taking love of racing to a different level". The Journal News. Retrieved September 11, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ a b "Ryan Ellis signs with Jim Rosenblum/ FDNY Racing for 2014 NCWTS Tour". P1 Groupe. January 17, 2014. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  14. ^ "2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  15. ^ "2004 Power Stroke Diesel 200". Racing-Reference. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  16. ^ Delfiner, Rita (February 7, 2005). "RACER HAILS HEROES – NASCAR TEAM $UPPORTS FDNY FAMILIES". New York Post. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  17. ^ "2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  18. ^ a b Beard, Brock (May 22, 2016). "TRUCKS: Andy Seuss finally makes Truck debut, but crashes early at Charlotte". LASTCAR. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  19. ^ Wolkin, Joseph (August 2, 2014). "FDNY Racing Makes Comeback Return Thanks To Fans". Speedway Digest. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  20. ^ Beard, Brock (August 23, 2014). "TRUCKS: Modified Driver Bryan Dauzat Trails First Truck Series Start". LASTCAR. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  21. ^ "Ryan Ellis: 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  22. ^ "2018 NextEra Energy Resources 250". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  23. ^ Krall, Charles (October 17, 2018). "Former ARCA Winner Snider Nearly Takes First Truck Series Win at Talladega". ARCA Racing Series. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  24. ^ Albert, Zack (February 15, 2019). "Crewmember for No. 28 Truck Series team injured, transported to hospital". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved February 16, 2019.

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