FDNY Racing

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FDNY Racing
FDNY Racing logo.png
Owner(s)Jim Rosenblum
BaseConcord, North Carolina
SeriesNASCAR Camping World 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 and Jocko's 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.

The team 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) first began racing in the 1960s, after being inspired by friend and 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner Jim Rathmann. Rosenblum would compete in the Trans-Am Series, winning a championship.[1] To continue operating FDNY Racing, in 2005, he cashed in his life insurance policy.[3]

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]

Rosenblum began fielding cars in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series for friend Jocko Maggiacomo,[1] running the No. 63 for Maggiacomo in 1983 and 1986–1988. He later fielded rides for Randy LaJoie, Eddie Bierschwale, Oma Kimbrough, 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 Raceway and Watkins Glen International, respectively.[4]

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]

Ryan Ellis was hired by the team in 2014.

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.[5] In 1996, 1999 and 2000, Rosenblum fielded one-off runs for T. J. Clark, Ritchie Petty and Perry Tripp (1996), Ronnie Hoover (1999), Kenny Allen and Conrad Burr (2000).[6]

After the September 11 attacks in 2001, Rosenblum partnered with retired firefighter Mike Bolnik and RahMoc Enterprises owner Bob Rahilly[7] to rebrand the team as FDNY Racing[1] to tribute and support first responders,[2] while also renumbering the truck from No. 51 to 28. Burr returned to the team in 2002, qualifying for all but one race in six attempts.[8] 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.[6] A year later, Buddy Davis failed to qualify the No. 28 at Indianapolis Raceway Park.[9]

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 (2005) in fires earlier in the year.[10] The team attempted two races with David Ragan in 2005, including another run at Lowe's, but failed to qualify for both.[11] The team made a return to a race in 2006 with Carl Long at Lowe's Motor Speedway. From 2007 to 2010, the team would start 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.[6] Whelen Southern Modified Tour driver Andy Seuss attempted to make his series debut at Rockingham Speedway, but missed the race.[12]

In 2014, Grand-Am driver Ryan Ellis tested with the team at Daytona's Preseason Thunder session, and led the speed charts with speeds of 186 miles per hour (299 km/h).[7] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[12] 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. Bryan Dauzat drove the No. 28 to an 18th-place finish despite being caught up in a crash with Clay Greenfield and Korbin Forrister.[16] However, on August 27th, 2018, the team announced on its Facebook that they would run the Truck race at Talladega, with Bryan Dauzat driving to the team’s first ever top-10 finish in 8th.

The team would return in 2019, and during the season-opening Daytona race, 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.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Tyler, Marty (February 9, 2015). "The First Responders of FDNY Racing Return to Daytona". Catchfence. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "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. ^ Swan, Raygan (July 22, 2007). "FDNY Racing has the heart despite odds against them" (PDF). NASCAR. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "NASCAR Sprint Cup Results (races)". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  5. ^ "1995 NASCAR SuperTruck Series by Craftsman Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results (races)". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Ryan Ellis signs with Jim Rosenblum/ FDNY Racing for 2014 NCWTS Tour". P1 Groupe. January 17, 2014. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  8. ^ "2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  9. ^ "2004 Power Stroke Diesel 200". Racing-Reference. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  10. ^ Delfiner, Rita (February 7, 2005). "RACER HAILS HEROES – NASCAR TEAM $UPPORTS FDNY FAMILIES". New York Post. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  11. ^ "2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Beard, Brock (May 22, 2016). "TRUCKS: Andy Seuss finally makes Truck debut, but crashes early at Charlotte". LASTCAR. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  13. ^ Wolkin, Joseph (August 2, 2014). "FDNY Racing Makes Comeback Return Thanks To Fans". Speedway Digest. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  14. ^ Beard, Brock (August 23, 2014). "TRUCKS: Modified Driver Bryan Dauzat Trails First Truck Series Start". LASTCAR. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  15. ^ "Ryan Ellis: 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results". Racing-Reference. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  16. ^ "2018 NextEra Energy Resources 250". Racing-Reference. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  17. ^ 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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