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THOMPSON, MA - OCTOBER 12:   Andy Jankowiak, driver of the #55 Airport Collision Chevrolet, during practice for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Sunoco World Series 150 on October 12, 2019 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)
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Andy Jankowiak adds sponsorship from Whelen Engineering for five ARCA races

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Whelen Engineering Company, a global leader in the emergency warning industry since 1952, have teamed with owner/driver Andy Jankowiak for five ARCA Menards Series events this year beginning with Saturday’s General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Whelen Engineering Company designs and manufactures reliable and powerful warning lights, white illumination lighting, sirens, controllers and high-powered warning systems for Automotive, Aviation (Whelen Aerospace Technologies – WAT), and Mass Notification industries worldwide.

Whelen is also the official warning light supplier of NASCAR and a steadfast supporter of motorsports at many different levels, including serving as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and sponsoring race teams in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Jankowiak is coming off a career-best ARCA Menards Series finish of sixth at Daytona International Speedway in February. Jankowiak and his young Dak’s Markets Racing team have been impressive since joining the ARCA Menards Series in 2021, earning top-10 finishes in the team’s first eight races.

“We are still a very young team, but we are trying to grow into a team that can compete at this level,” said Jankowiak, a 34-year-old native of Tonawanda, New York. “Our goal is to keep getting better each time we go to a race and the only way to do that is to build a support system. Having Whelen on our team gives us a lot of confidence that we can continue to keep growing.”

Jankowiak and his team caught the eye of Whelen Engineering’s Ted Marsh in 2021 after Marsh supplied the team with a car for the road course event at Watkins Glen International last August.

Andy Jankowiak

“I was very impressed with the dedication and knowledge of Andy’s volunteer team members,” said Marsh, who also owns Marsh Racing, a team that has fielded cars with his trademark No. 31 in multiple motorsports divisions through the years.

“Ted is held in very high regard by all of us in racing and having his support was one more step towards our team being an organization that could represent a company like Whelen,” said Jankowiak.

Whelen Engineering Company will be featured during five events on Jankowiak’s No. 73 car during the ARCA Menards Series season starting with the event at Talladega on Saturday, April 23. Whelen will also be represented on the team’s car for the events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Watkins Glen International and Kansas Speedway.

“Whelen Engineering takes pride in our long-standing involvement in motorsports,” said Peter Tiezzi, III, General Manager of Motorsports for Whelen Engineering Company. “We are very excited to partner with Andy Jankowiak in the ARCA Menards Series.”

“We could not be more excited to represent Whelen Engineering Company,” said Jankowiak. “It’s been a privilege to work with Geoff Marsh, Peter Tiezzi and  Jeff Busch and my goal is to do my best to represent everyone at Whelen, and to go win an ARCA race together.”

The Dak’s Market No. 73 will also feature several returning sponsors for the Talladega event including Automotive Consultants of Ithaca, Florida Safety Systems, Thermal Foams Inc.,, Yukon Creek Sportsman’s Club, RD Cores, RC Custom Coolers and Georges Beautiful Buffalos.

The General Tire 200 will be broadcast live April 23 at Noon CT / 1 p.m. ET on FS1 and on MRN Radio.