Furniture Row Racing
Furniture Row Racing is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team based in Denver, Colorado. The team currently fields the No. 78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision Toyota Camry for Martin Truex, Jr.. The team is owned and sponsored by the U.S. furniture store chain Furniture Row and is the only NASCAR team headquartered in Colorado.
The team was also the first single car team ever to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which it did in 2013 with Kurt Busch, and again in 2015 with Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing has a technical alliance with fellow Toyota team Joe Gibbs Racing; until the end of 2015, the team had an alliance Richard Childress Racing under the Chevrolet banner.
Fields was born in Brooklyn, New York to Gerald S. Fields, a purchasing manager, and Elinor Fields. Fields is of Romanian Jewish and Russian Jewish descent, and the Fields family original name was Finkelman. Fields grew up in Paramus, New Jersey, where he attended Paramus High School, graduating in 1979.
Fields holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Rutgers University and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard; he worked for IBM prior to earning his MBA. He is married to Jane Fields and has two sons, Max and Zach Fields.
During his tenure at Mazda, Fields was the first Jewish CEO of a major automobile manufacturer outside France as André Citroën, Pierre Dreyfus and Raymond Lévy, both of Renault were Jewish.
The team made its NASCAR debut in the Busch Series at Nashville Superspeedway in 2005 with Jerry Robertson driving, starting 24th and finishing 33rd. Robertson ran ten races with the team in 2005, his best finish being a 22nd at California Speedway.
Robertson was expected to run for Furniture Row in the Nextel Cup Series for the majority of 2006. However, without a guarantee of making the show, Robertson has been scaled back to the Busch Series while Kenny Wallace runs the Cup effort Robertson has a best finish of 22nd in the 2005 Ameriquest 300 and in 2006 did not have the results that they were looking for. Also, Robertson has raced eight times in the Craftsman Truck Series.
Wallace was scheduled to drive the first five races in 2006 and Robertson filling out the rest of the schedule. At the 2006 Daytona 500, Wallace failed to put the #78 Furniture Row car in the field.
Wallace qualified for the next two races, at California Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, finishing 41st and 38th. However, the performance of the team was not good enough to make the top 35 in points, and the team ran with various drivers for the rest of the year, Jimmy Spencer (both Pocono races) and Travis Kvapil (at road courses) also drove the car.
The team also teamed up with PPI Motorsports to share equipment and resources throughout the season.
Robertson also competed in select Busch Series events 2006, his best finish 29th.