● When you think of a hero, you think of someone who has made a lasting, positive impression on your life. For Ryan Preece, that person has always been his father, Jeff Preece. Through the good and through the bad (in life and in racing), one thing remained the same – the life lessons and opportunity Jeff has always worked hard to give Ryan. Racing has always been in Preece’s blood and, growing up, it was one of the only things he knew. His dad was always working on his cars and, as Preece got older, they would work on the cars together. That’s where his love of racing came from. The Preece family did everything on its own – building the cars, transporting the cars, fielding the cars, racing the cars. In turn, a strong father-son bond was built that continues to grow every weekend at the racetrack now that Preece has made it to NASCAR’s largest stage. Jeff Preece can usually be found around the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) hauler, at the car, near the pit box or various other places at the racetrack supporting and cheering on his son.
● One of Preece’s first and fondest racing memories growing up was his dad putting him on the floor of his Pro Stock (No. 4 car pictured above) while driving up the road in their small town in Connecticut. “That’s the significance to me, that’s when I kind of found my passion for racing coming to light and knew that I really wanted to do it,” he said. For this weekend’s NASCAR Throwback weekend at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, Preece will honor his father and the car that started it all with a simple white paint scheme with blue accents that has meant so much to the father-son duo.
● United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI), the largest equipment rental company in the world, is serving as the primary sponsor of Ryan Preece and the No. 41 SHR team for select NASCAR Cup Series races in 2023. The partnership began with the non-points Busch Light Clash at The Coliseum, Feb. 4-5 in Los Angeles. United Rentals has an integrated network of 1,449 rental locations in North America, 13 in Europe, 27 in Australia and 19 in New Zealand. In North America, the company operates in 49 states and every Canadian province. The company’s approximately 24,700 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers approximately 4,700 classes of equipment for rent with a total original cost of $19.3 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, the Barron’s 400 Index and the Russell 3000 Index®. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. Additional information about United Rentals is available at UnitedRentals.com.