Andy Jankowiak, driver of the #73 Jankowiak Racing Ford, poses for a portrait before the the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire for the ARCA Menards Series at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida on February 17, 2021. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)
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V1 Fiber Communication joins Andy Jankowiak for General Tire 150 at Charlotte

BUFFALO, New York — V1 Fiber Communications, a North Carolina-based fiber engineering and construction company, has teamed with Andy Jankowiak and the Dak’s Racing Team for the General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The V1 Fiber No. 73 will feature a special patriotic paint scheme that will honor Army Specialist Alan N. Dikcis during the Memorial Day weekend event. The team’s car will also feature a special hashtag in memory of the victims of the shooting that took place in the team’s hometown of Buffalo, New York, two weeks ago.

V1 Fiber Communications was founded in 1994 and today is a full service national provider of telecommunications construction, installation and maintenance services for power and communication clients. With steady growth and reinvestment in the company since its inception, V1 Fiber has become a leader in the telecom fiber construction industry.

The company is currently based in Mooresville, North Carolina, with numerous projects spread across the Southeast. V1 Fiber has built thousands of miles of coaxial and fiber optic plants throughout the U.S. and plans to continue to grow with a commitment to excellence within the fiber

Much like Jankowiak’s dedicated pit crew on the No. 73 car in the ARCA Menards Series, V1 Fiber is always able provide a crew on standby to take care of any of your emergency needs for your fiber network. V1 Fiber also offers a maintenance agreement, ensuring V1 Fiber will be the first responders for priority clients 24/7.

Jankowiak, the owner and driver of the Dak’s Racing Team No. 73, is in his second year on the ARCA Menards Series and looking to break into the top five after a strong sixth-place run in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

“We have a lot of time into our Charlotte car and I feel good about our chances this weekend,” said Jankowiak, 34, of Tonawanda, New York. “We have a great group of guys working on this car and awesome sponsors behind our effort so we have everything we need to go compete.”

Like racing, V1 Fiber relies on a well-oiled team to seamlessly deliver quality fiber networks effectively and quickly.

“Andy’s incredible story resonated with the V1 Fiber team and the importance of family. Andy built his career with the support of his family and love of auto racing that passed down to him by this father and uncle. The V1 Fiber team is also a close-knit group of individuals with family ties to telecommunications and with over 90 years combined experience at the Executive level, a confidence that comes with our craft. The fiber business is a lot like racing: it requires precision, expert planning, and above all else… it’s fast!” Stated Walter Rhinehart Vice President – Sales & Business Development at V1 Fiber.

“Speed and efficiency are the goals shared by both V1 Fiber and The Dak’s Racing Team. “Its great to have V1 Fiber back on board again this year and I am excited to see how we stack up with weekend,” said Jankowiak. “Its nice to have a sponsor that prides itself on speed, its a perfect match for us.”

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Additional sponsorship support for Jankowiak at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the General Tire 150 comes from Whelen Engineering Co., Pinnacle Travel Staffing, Planterbox Direct, Automotive Consultants, Florida Safety Systems, Yukon Creek Sportsman Club and RC Custom Coolers.

In keeping with the traditions of Memorial Day, the No. 73 car will feature the name of Army Specialist Alan N. Dikcis, 21, who died March 5, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Dikcis was born in Niagara Falls, New York, and adored his 3-year-old daughter, Sophia.

“Everything Alan did, he did to make Sophia proud,” said his stepmother, Gricela Dikcis.

He enjoyed going to the beach, working on cars, four-wheeling and riding his motorcycle with friends.

“It is impossible to state how much it means for all us on our team to carry Alan’s name on our car, its an honor and we are grateful to his family for allowing us to pay this tribute to a true hero,” said Jankowiak about the tribute.

In memory of the victims of the mass shooting that took place in Buffalo, New York, two weeks ago, the team’s car will feature the hashtag #BuffaloStrong above the front grill this weekend.

“This is our first race since this senseless tragedy took place. News like this never comes easy and our hearts go out to the families of the victims,” said Jankowiak. “Our cars are prepared in Buffalo and as a team we all felt it was important to show support for the victims and for our city, we are Buffalo Strong.

“Our car is almost a complete rebuild and our team has a lot of effort into it. I want to thank our Crew Chief Mike Dayton and Andy Seuss for helping us get this done along with my dedicated team back home in Buffalo who have a lot of long nights into this effort,” Jankowiak added. “I want to thank Kevin Lapierre and all of our team partners at Dak’s Markets for being with us every step of the way as we try to build our ARCA program. It takes partnerships to make all of this work and we very lucky to have such an awesome team of people involved.”

The General Tire 150 at Charotte Motor Speedway will take place on Friday May 27 at 6 p.m. ET and will broadcast live nationally on FS1.