By admin | August 15, 2012
By Richard Allen
This writer has on previous occasions been somewhat critical of companies in Tennessee for not showing support for an up and coming driver from this area who has already achieved one of the great milestones in racing. Knoxvilleâ€™s Trevor Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500 but has since struggled to find fulltime sponsorship for either the Sprint Cup or Nationwide Series.
One group from east Tennessee has stepped forward and will, for the second time this season, sponsor the Roush Fenway Racing prepared Nationwide effort for Bayne on Friday night, August 24th.
â€œWe picked up Trevor in the March race when he was down to a week where he wasnâ€™t going to be able to run Bristol,â€ explained Brandon Flynn of YourRaceCar.com. â€œWe also have him for August as well.â€
YourRaceCar.com was set up to offer fans the opportunity to have their names and photos placed on the car for a fee. A number of those individual sponsorships were sold to people from Tennessee and beyond. Also, additional ad space on the #60 Ford Mustang will be dedicated to other efforts.
â€œWe just started a new company, a sister company of ours, called Learn to Adjust and thatâ€™s going to be the primary sponsor for the August race,â€ Flynn added. â€œWeâ€™re real excited to work with Trevor. Heâ€™s a super good guy in his faith and so weâ€™ve had a great opportunity in the last several months to bring this together.â€
Learn to Adjust will focus its efforts toward the training of those who will be conducting insurance claims adjusting.
And not only will this sponsorship allow a local hero to race on his home track but it will also serve to honor one of the great ambassadors of womenâ€™s athletics in retired University of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt. After the Lady Vols basketball coaching great announced that she had been diagnosed with Early-onset Dementia, an effort dubbed â€˜We Back Patâ€™ was begun to show support for the popular coach as well as raise awareness for the debilitating disease.
â€œBristol Motor Speedway and Food City called us about a month ago and said, â€˜We know we canâ€™t put this together but if you all would, weâ€™d like to see a We Back Pat car for Bristolâ€™,â€ Flynn said. After all the involved entities were contacted the deal was finalized shortly thereafter.
Flynn says there are currently no other sponsorship spaces available on the car for this August race but his company is hopeful that they will be involved with Bayne next season as the driver will campaign a fulltime Nationwide Series effort in 2013. Anyone interested in joining the effort is asked to visit YorRaceCar.com for details.
*On a side note, Flynn was a student of mine at Seymour High School where I also had the great pleasure of coaching him in basketball as well. I very much enjoyed reconnecting with him for this interview.
Click here to listen to the full interview with Brandon Flynn-> Brandon Flynn interview
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