J.J. Yeley, who spent much of last season with Whitney Motorsports, will try to debut RBR in the 2012 Daytona 500.
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By Dominic Aragon
Starting this year, longtime NASCAR Nationwide team owner Jay Robinson will splash into the Sprint Cup Series.
Robinson-Blakeney Racing will be a single car operation with J.J. Yeley in 2012. The team will race with the No. 49 starting at the Daytona 500.
“We’ve known we needed to move into the Cup Series for a number of years,” says Jay Robinson.
The racecar for their Daytona efforts will have backing from America Israel Racing. “America Israel is hoping to raise awareness of the importance between the relationship with Israel and the United States,” says Robinson. “They’re more towards the citizens than the government. It has nothing to do with government at all. They want the average, everyday U.S. citizen to receive more information about the relationship with the Israeli people and they want the Israeli people also to understand that the U.S. citizens are their allies, friends, and supportive of them. It’s a deal you don’t normally see but there are a lot of good components to it.”
Robinson’s team in the Nationwide Series has been running
full-time since 2001. In 2012, race plans for the entire schedule are not
certain, but a driver is already in place.
“I fully expect Derrike Cope will be in our Nationwide car during the 2012 season,” says Robinson. Derrike’s a great driver and a great friend. I don’t know how much the Nationwide car [will run] in 2012, but there’s not really a plan in place that is sustainable at this point. We’re hoping to find some sponsorship deals to keep that going. It doesn’t take a lot to keep a Nationwide car going, but you’ve got to have [funding] to run the full season.”