wanted: sponsors for a year of racing

Everything is going on lately… You’ve got the chase standings to consider, team mergers, fines and all of the on/off-track accidents & incidents. There’s so much to digest. There’s so much stuff to read that actually getting around to read all of it could seriously be a full-time job. I wish I had enough time to devote to that.

So with that thought in mind, get this! I have this insanely awesome idea to go to every single race of the 2008 NASCAR Nextel Sprint Cup Series season. While I’m at the races and in between I would write in my blog as usual, and document the whole thing on video too. I’d then turn that video into a documentary.

The thing that you should know about me is that I am a true spectator. It’s what I’m good at (that and writing, of course). As a kid I had to go to all of my older sister’s sporting events. My sister is the athlete in my family. She did track (she was this close to going to the Olympics in the heptathlon), volleyball, and basketball. I was always content to sit in the stands and watch, or help out and take down the stats. I love events, it’s in my DNA. And I love sports in general, I appreciate and respect athletes and I love to root for them. Of course I’ve always thought about what it would be like to be an athlete myself, but I always knew that it just wasn’t me. I am the the person holding the finish line tape, not the person running through it.

This very simple, but yet totally complicated, idea came to me one day when I was sitting at home watching a NASCAR race. I was feeling frustrated with my life and the fact that everyday my job seems to move further out of line with my interests. I just thought to myself, “Where do I really want to be right now?” and the next thought that popped into my head was “I want to be there, at the races.”

It was like a ginormous light blub went off over my head and I felt instantly better knowing that that’s what I really wanted.

I got to thinking about those guys that went to all of the MLB parks (30 in total) in 38 days in 1998. I’ve always thought that that would be such a cool thing to do. Just the thought of having nothing holding me back, being able to devote each and everyday to one thing that I’m seriously passionate about. It makes me sincerely giddy just thinking about it. I’m excited about the thought of traveling, going from hotel to hotel and track to track and seizing the opportunity to meet people that I’ve only seen on TV.

So now I’ve put together the details.

This would be a life-changing event for me. The goal here is to make the leap from my current day job to writing for my blog full-time. I’m currently seeking sponsors to help fund this endeavor, and that’s where you come in.

If you know anyone who works for a company that’s looking to target the NASCAR fan population or you work for a company that you think could benefit from the exposure my blog (and eventually the documentary) can give them then please feel free to forward this blog post to them. You can email or call me. The deadline to become a sponsor is October 31st, 2007. All of my contact information is on my new sponsorship page.

14 Comments

  1. August 23, 2007 at 4:12 AM ·

    I’m jealous! Your idea brings back memories.

    As a fresh HS graduate my present for a clean nose and sheepskin was the chance to attend every 1970 Cup event that year starting with Michigan in June until the end of the season at Hampton in November, a total of 29 events.

    It was the experience of a lifetime, I wish you luck.

    In the next few hours I’ll toss up a post about your plans. It may help garner a little more exposure and needless to say cash.

  2. August 23, 2007 at 10:05 AM ·

    Marc! If you post about this I would be so thankful, that would totally rock.

    Thank you soooo much! It’s awesome you got that chance to attend a Cup season, i’m jealous of you ’cause you’ve already done it.
    :)

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  4. August 23, 2007 at 5:30 PM ·

    I just tossed up a post about your project, hope it drives some cash your way.

  5. August 23, 2007 at 7:03 PM ·

    So sorry! My “problem” has been fixed.

    Truth be told I noted the name but I’m so used to pen names, pseudonyms and acronyms used by blog authors it just didn’t click. Like a lot of things.

    And Oh HEY, a trackback worked. It’s so seldom I use it on the racing blog i never know if it will or not.

    Again, sorry, and if you need anything else except my empty wallet let me know.

  6. August 23, 2007 at 8:21 PM ·

    THAT IS AN AWESOME IDEA. I have never done anything close in comparison. Good luck. If I could sponsor you, I would. Of course, then you would have to take your sponsor with you!!!!

    Miike

  7. August 24, 2007 at 7:37 AM ·

    Hey Valli. I just read about your quest on Full Throttle and found my way here. It’s a terrific goal. I’ll put up a post about it later today and later Steve and I would like to have you on the show to talk about. It might even help you raise some cash. I’ll link to you in our blogroll as well. All the best.

  8. August 24, 2007 at 11:38 AM ·

    Just added ya to the list of favs. Here is mine if your interested.
    http://www.freshrubber.com/blog/

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  11. October 9, 2007 at 9:15 PM ·

    Hell, I could help out! I’m a video major who’s hoping to work in the media side of nascar when I graduate, so I’m ALL for the video/editting, all that jazz.

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