Oakley Renews Partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing


Global Sports Power Will Supply Race Teams With Eyewear For 15th Year

Huntersville, NC (March xx, 2012) – Joe Gibbs Racing today announced that Oakley, one of the leading sports brands in the world, has renewed its partnership as the official eyewear supplier for the organization.

Oakley, who has been a partner with Joe Gibbs Racing for 15 years, will continue to supply the pit crews for all of its NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, as well as its Motocross operations and team executives, including team owner Joe Gibbs.

“Oakley has been a great partner of Joe Gibbs Racing and JGRMX for a long time now and we appreciate their support of our crews,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “Everyone knows in NASCAR and Motocross you need great equipment to succeed and with long hot days in the sun and heat at the track, the right eyewear is essential for all our team members at the track. Oakley has always delivered an exceptional product. They also have shown the ability to customize to our needs, including incorporating my prescription into my glasses.”

Powered by more than 600 technology patents and painstaking research and development, Oakley’s eyewear, apparel, footwear and accessories are trusted by some the leading athletes on the planet. With its unrivaled optical clarity, optical accuracy and unmatched impact protection delivered through Oakley’s High Definition Optics® and patented Plutonite® material lens material, the team and crews at Joe Gibbs Racing know full well that it’s more than just attractive eyewear on their faces while in action.

Long trusted by members of the Armed Services of the United States and other nations for superior design, development and protection, Oakley’s eyewear and gear technologies have been tried and proven in some of the most harsh, hostile conditions on Earth. All of which make the dangers of the speedway and track seem minimal.

“We are honored to continue our support of our long-time friends at Joe Gibbs Racing,” said Todd Hayes, director of motor sports at Oakley. “It’s more than 35 years of research, development and extreme care for our athletes and teams that allow us to deliver highly customized solutions for the JGR team. We’re stoked that Oakley will continue to have a hand in the team performing at the top of their game with peace of mind – knowing that they’re looking through the most advanced lens material anywhere – and looking good while they’re at it. Not to mention, the supreme protection of our products that they can always rely on. World-class performance is what drives us both at JGR and Oakley, and I look forward to yet another successful season together.”

About Joe Gibbs Racing:

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR, currently fielding three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, three NASCAR Nationwide Series teams and a driver development program. Its driver lineup consists of Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano in the Sprint Cup Series, while Brian Scott joins those three in the Nationwide Series along with Michael McDowell, Drew Herring, and Ryan Truex. JGR also boasts Darrell Wallace, Jr. in its driver development program and he will compete in the 2012 K&N Pro Series East and the Nationwide Series. Based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by Joe Gibbs – a three-time Super Bowl winner as head coach of the Washington Redskins and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – JGR has competed in NASCAR since 1992, winning three Cup Series championships, and three Nationwide Series owner’s championship along with more than 150 NASCAR races, including three Brickyard 400s and the 1993 Daytona 500.

About Oakley, Inc.
Established in 1975 and headquartered in Southern California, Oakley is one of the leading sports brands in the world. The holder of more than 600 patents, Oakley is continually seeking problems, solving them with inventions and wrapping those inventions in art. This philosophy has made Oakley one of the most iconic and inimitable brands on the market, with innovations that world-class athletes around the globe depend on to compete at the highest level possible. Oakley is famed for its insuperable lens technologies such as High Definition Optics® (HDO®) which is incorporated into all Oakley sun and prescription eyewear, and goggles. Oakley has extended its leadership position as the world’s leading sports eyewear brand into apparel, footwear and accessories collections. Laser focused on the consumer, Oakley has both men’s and women’s product lines that target Sports Performance, Active and Lifestyle consumers. Oakley is a subsidiary of Luxottica Group. Additional information is available at www.oakley.com.



Andrew De Lara


March 08, 2012