Jon Raymond and his team from Tires 2000 have been loyal NAPA AUTO PARTS customers for over 20 years. They have two locations Middleville and Caledonia, Michigan. Both locations use TRACS and are Pro-imaged NAPA Auto Care Centers. Raymond and his wife Lorie, Todd – Lorie’s brother – and his wife Leslie, were selected to attend the NAPA Expo in Las Vegas last year. So it comes as no surprise that they were selected for the Honorary Pit Crew Member program this year as they are loyal NAPA partners.
Raymond started in the tire industry 27 years ago and has now grown the company to two locations operating under the Tires 2000 name offering auto repair, tires, quick-lube and towing. The Caledonia, Michigan, location is even connected to its local NAPA AUTO PARTS store. The Raymonds are the proud parents of two children, Nathan and Madison. In addition to running a successful business, the duo are dedicated parents supporting their kids in education and sports endeavors. Nathan, who recently graduated high school, has been very active in football, basketball and track. He will be attending Grand Valley State University this fall. Madison, their younger daughter, is very active in soccer, basketball and volleyball.
This weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Raymond’s name was featured on the quarter panel of Chase Elliott’s No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS to honor the Raymonds’ brand loyalty. Jon Raymond was able to spend race day alongside the Hendrick Motorsports team receiving a behind-the-scenes tour of the NAPA hauler, a tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage area and a private meet and greet with the 20-year-old rookie driver before Elliott took the track to make his mark at Michigan. Raymond was even able to attend the drivers meeting before climbing atop the No. 24 pit box alongside crew chief Alan Gustafson and the NAPA AUTO PARTS race engineers. The experience was completed with Raymond getting to watch Elliott race to a second-place position in the Irish Hills.
How was your experience as NAPA’s Honorary Pit Crew Member?
"I couldn’t tell you know which part was my favorite. I loved all of it. I would have to say meeting Chase and sitting on the pit box were two of the highlights. The whole day was great."