|Date: 9/11/2009 1:40:36 AM|
K&N FILTERS TO AWARD $40K NASCAR SPONSORSHIP & DRIVER DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP TO YOUNG RACER
Riverside, CA - K&N Filters announces a sponsorship program to provide a
young, upcoming race driver with a funded 10 race season in the 2010 NASCAR
Grand American Modified Series, plus a one year driver development program.
Long known for the company's ongoing support of grassroots racing across
America, K&N Filter's heritage of motorsports involvement ranges from lawn
mower racing to the top tiers of NASCAR.
NASCAR recently announced for 2010 they are reducing the minimum age to 14
in NASCAR's Charger divisions, including the Grand American Modified Series.
This opens the K&N talent search up to young drivers as young as 13, as long
as they turn 14 by the 2010 season. "We love being involved in the NASCAR
Grand American Modified Series for a lot of reasons ... one being the K&N
Flow Control System, because it makes more power, is the filter of choice
for a huge majority of the competitors," stated Bob Harris, Corporate Race
Accounts Manager for K&N Filters.
The winning driver will be placed with Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle (RSWC)
race team in the series on the West Coast. The RSWC Modifieds weigh 2550
pounds and feature 410" V-8, 520 hp, roller valve train, methanol burning
engines utilizing K&N air and oil filters. The talented driver selected will
be awarded a one year scholarship in Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle NASCAR
focused driver development program. The K&N scholarship winner will have a
training program designed specifically for their age, experience and
"The $40,000 race sponsorship and driver development scholarship are just
the next step in K&N Filters long history of supporting young racers,"
stated Tony Yorkman, Sports Marketing Manager at K&N Engineering. "These are
challenging times for everyone but, we are not going to stop caring about
young racers. Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle already has a great process in
place to find talented young drivers. We are tapping into their program to
help us find a deserving young racer for K&N's award."
Sacramento, California based Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle is currently
accepting driver resumes through the deadline of September 30th, 2009. The
talent search concludes with an on-track Driver Shoot-Out with 40 of the
nations' top talented drivers on a California paved oval short track in
early October. The application process is open to all drivers 13 to 19 years
of age, with race winning backgrounds.
Many successful car racers today, honed their skills driving something
smaller, such as Karts, Legends, Dwarf Cars, Quarter Midgets,
Mini/Micro-Sprints, Dirt Karts and other forms of youth racing. K&N Filters
and Sunoco Racing Fuels, an additional supporting sponsor, are awarding six
free spots to young racers from various forms of youth motorsports in the
2009 RSWC Talent Search Shoot-Out.
"K&N Filter's support for grassroots racing is unprecedented. Last year
they came on board to sponsor several free spots in our talent search. This
year, in a tough economy, K&N increased their involvement by adding a 10
race sponsorship and training program to a deserving young racer. We are
excited to help develop a young racer's career with K&N's help," said Ron
RSWC is an established talent scout and development program, providing long
term, comprehensive racing and career development for up and coming drivers
focused on NASCAR careers. RSWC drivers are coached, groomed, trained and
molded into what top teams look for when hiring drivers. The career
development program consists of 12 veteran driver coaches, 24 classroom
topics and eight organizations fielding over 20 race teams, all dedicated to
develop drivers in the RSWC program. The teams are a balance of Open Wheel
and Stock Car oval track race teams to develop highly versatile and
accomplished winning drivers.
Young winning drivers ages 13 to 19, and their parents, are encouraged to
get all the information and answers to common questions from the web-site,
then submit their resume in time to be considered. The web-site is
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