K&N Filters to Sponsor $40K NASCAR Driver Development Scholarship to Young Racer
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.
K&N will sponsor one young race driver for a 10 race season in the 2010 NASCAR Grand American Modified Series
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 development stage.
Ron Sutton's Winner's Circle 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
“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 Sutton.
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.
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