Here’s a big development for a relatively new team in the paddock. AJE Motorsports have announced that Gas Monkey Energy, the drink inspired by celebrity car builder Richard Rawlings and owner of Gas Monkey Garage, will be the title sponsor of the team for the 2019 race season and that Chris Blose will fill the second spot on the team alongside returning rider Justin Starling. In addition to the sponsorship and roster news, we’ve learned that Husqvarna will extend more support to the independent effort in 2019. This is impressive for the Arizona based team as they prepare for their second year of following the Monster Energy Supercross Series.
The team was formed late in 2017 and originally planned to race the 250 West Coast portion of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series with Starling and Cole Martinez, but by the time the season started they decided to extend their support to Starling and Martinez in the 450 class on the East Coast.
The announcement for 2019 notes the addition of Blose but has no mention of Martinez or his plans for the 2019 race season.
The team’s first race with the updated roster and sponsor will be the 2018 Monster Energy Cup in October.
The press release is posted in full below…
Richard Rawlings and Gas Monkey Energy are strengthening their commitment to motorsports by partnering with AJE Motorsports. Founded in 2017 AJE Motorsports is already making waves in professional Supercross fielding two riders in the upcoming 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, Justin Starling and Chris Blose, both representing Gas Monkey Energy.
"We knew Gas Monkey Energy was the perfect partner for our team when we first broke into the Supercross scene last year making a “fast and loud" impression. Both brands are committed to high performance and making a name for themselves in their respective industries. We are excited to bring Gas Monkey Energy to the Supercross fan base," said Tony Eyrich, AJE Founder.
Starling and Blose add further depth to the Gas Monkey Energy roster of talent which includes two-time NHRA Wally winner, Alex Laughlin. The duo brings with them years of experience, a plethora of accolades and podium finishes, foreign and domestic, including a Dutch SX2 Supercross Championship to a bronze medal in the X Games.
"Gas Monkey Energy is thrilled to break into the exciting sport of Supercross. The fast-paced, high energy nature of this sport makes it the perfect fit for Gas Monkey Energy. We’re proud to be a part of this growing motorsport series and look forward to fueling the Supercross fans by sharing our passion and teaming up with AJE Motorsports" said Richard Rawlings, owner of Gas Monkey Garage.
Gas Monkey Energy will serve as title sponsor for both Starling and Blose this season beginning October 13th in Las Vegas, NV.
About Gas Monkey Energy
Based out of Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, TX, Gas Monkey Energy is not your typical energy drink. Gas Monkey Energy delivers a blast of pharmaceutical grade vitamins, natural flavors, no aspartame or high fructose corn syrup, and a great taste to restore & sustain energy when your body needs it most. Gas Monkey Energy is offered in regular, light, and tropical flavors.
About Richard Rawlings
Founder of Gas Monkey Garage, Rawlings spun his passion for hot rods into the hit Discovery show, "Fast N' Loud." He has since spun his celebrity into a variety of different shows for the network and grown the Gas Monkey brand to worldwide recognition. His entrepreneurial spirit has also driven him to expand the brand into the beverage industry through his stake in Gas Monkey Energy.
About AJE Motorsports
AJE Motorsports was started in 2017 by Tony Eyrich of Phoenix, AZ. Tony grew up around motorsports - car racing, boat racing, off-road - and has always had a passion for building top teams and succeeding. When the opportunity came in 2017 to be an owner of a motorsports team, he took on the challenge and has grown AJE Motorsports to be an elite team, competing at the highest level.