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SABCO Racing was founded and a new NASCAR Cup competitor entered the scene. For Felix Sabates, it was just the beginning of a long, successful career on the NASCAR circuit.

For the first three seasons, SABCO Racing ran a limited schedule until 1990 when driver Kyle Petty embarked on SABCO Racing's first full season of Cup competition. Petty earned the team's first pole position and checkered flag in the Goodwrench 500 at North Carolina Speedway during that inaugural full season. The following year, SABCO signed Mello Yello as the primary sponsor through the 1994 season. Petty notched another pole position and victory at Rockingham before suffering a broken leg and missing 11 races.

In 1992, Sabates' fielded a team in the NASCAR Busch Series with driver Kenny Wallace and sponsor Dirt Devil, while Petty found his groove in the Cup circuit finishing in the top-five in the final point standings for the season. The team fielded both cars on the Cup circuit the following year, and Petty again finished top-five in total points. In 1994, the team secured a multi-year sponsorship with Coors Light and replaced Kenny Wallace with Bobby Hamilton.

SABCO Racing changed to Team SABCO at the beginning of the 1996 season and signed Robby Gordon to pilot the No. 40 Coors Light car. In 1997, Team SABCO fielded three cars in the NEXTEL Cup Series with drivers Joe Nemechek (No. 42 BellSouth), Wally Dallenbach (No. 46 First Union) and Gordon. The team celebrated in 1998 as driver Sterling Marlin won his first race as driver of the No. 40 Coors Light car in one of the Daytona Twin 125's. Marlin pulled double duty for the team in 1999, racing a full Cup season and a limited Busch Series schedule.

Sabates and then Championship Auto Racing Team owner Chip Ganassi announced their partnership in Cup racing during the 2000 season. The team also announced a new partnership with Dodge Motorsports for the 2001 season. Jason Leffler, USAC Midget and Silver Crown Champion, was named to drive the No. 01 Cingular Wireless Dodge Intrepid.

In 2001, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates won the first event of the season as Marlin won the Gatorade 125 qualifying race prior to the Daytona 500. Marlin pulled the Coors Light Dodge into victory lane following the Pepsi 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 19, 2001, giving Dodge its first manufacturer's win since 1977. The Coors Light Dodge rolled into victory lane again following a dominate run by Marlin in the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Another season highlight included a Pole Award in the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, putting Marlin in the Shootout event at Daytona for the beginning of the 2002 season. For the 2001 season, Marlin was the only driver to remain in the top 10 in NASCAR Cup Series Championship points all season.

Marlin kicked off the 2002 season with two wins in the month of March " a win in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and one in the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington Raceway. Marlin captured the championship points lead at the second race of the season and remained there for 25 consecutive weeks. Following an accident at Kansas Speedway, Marlin was sidelined for the remainder of the season due to a fractured C2 vertebra. Jamie McMurray, who was recently named to drive the Texaco/Havoline Dodge in 2003, replaced Marlin for the rest of the year. In his second career Cup start, McMurray won his first ever NASCAR race the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. McMurray set a new modern era NASCAR record by becoming the quickest driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race.

Marlin returned to his Coors Light Dodge healthy and ready to race in 2003. Rookie McMurray moved to the Texaco/Havoline Dodge and rookie Casey Mears was named the new driver of the Target Dodge. McMurray was named the 2003 Raybestos Rookie of the Year and won the pole for the final race of 2003 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Sabates and Ganassi also became the first owners to have three rookie of the year awards in stock car racing in the same season with McMurray, David Stremme in the NASCAR Busch Series and Reed Sorenson in the ASA Series.

In 2004, the first win of the season again came from Marlin when he captured the checkered flag in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Open at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May. In his sophomore season, Mears captured consecutive poles at Pocono Raceway and the infamous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. McMurray led the team in the championship points standings for the majority of the 2004 season before finishing 11th in the final standings. Together, the three Ganassi drivers accumulated one win, two poles, 13 top-five and 39 top-10 finishes.

The 2004 season brought expansion plans once again when Sabates and Ganassi entered the Grand American Sportscar Series and the NASCAR Busch Series. In keeping with the tradition of excellence, veteran driver Scott Pruett, Max Papis and Jimmy Morales along with young talent Luis Dias earned its first Rolex Sportscar Series Championship title along with winning four races and 11 pole positions. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup drivers McMurray and Mears paired up with development driver Sorenson to run eight races in the No.41 Discount Tire Dodge in the Busch Series. In those eight starts the trio racked up one win, two poles, three top-five and six top-10 finishes.

The 2005 season saw more success for Sabates and his race teams, most notably two victories and a fourth-place finish in the standings by rookie Busch Series driver Sorenson. In addition, the Grand Am entries driven by Pruett, Diaz, Stephan Johannsen and Cort Wagner finished second (no. 01) and fifth (no. 02) in the overall series standings.

Sabates' three NEXTEL Cup Series teams amassed one pole, nine top-five finishes and 25 top-10 finishes with drivers Marlin, McMurray, Mears and Pruett, with McMurray bringing home the team's highest overall points finish (12th). In August the organization announced its 2006 NEXTEL Cup Series driver lineup to include Stremme (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge, No. 40 Lone Star Dodge), Sorenson (No. 41 Target Dodge) and Mears (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge). Sorenson will also run a full Busch Series schedule in '06 in the No. 41 Discount Tire Dodge.

With two new drivers competing for rookie-of-the-year honors (Stremme and Sorenson) and Mears, who established himself as a consistent front runner late in 2005, the '06 NEXTEL Cup Series season is sure to have its share of highlights.

In addition to his interests in athletics and other businesses, Sabates also focuses much attention on civic activities. He serves on the Board of Directors for Carolinas Health Care Systems, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the Windmere Corporation, and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, to mention a few.

Sabates is also well know for his many philanthropic contributions and has received several honors for his generosity. Belmont Abbey has named its dining hall after him, Elon College bestowed upon him an Honorary Doctors' Degree and he received a "Special Blessing" in writing from the Pope. Sabates and his wife are members of the philanthropic Dream Makers Society of the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, Fla. In their honor, the Felix and Carolyn Sabates Athletic Center was dedicated in Fort Lauderdale in 2000.

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