View Full Version : It's Race Day! And we're just $25,000 from seeing Ron Paul in a NASCAR RACE!

02-16-2008, 11:53 AM
It's just minutes before the start of the Camping World 300 at the Daytona International Speedway. And Ron Paul Racing sends our best wishes for a safe and successful race to Fitz Motorsports and drivers Kenny Wallace and Mike Bliss!


Kathleen Hanover
Communications Director
Liberty Racing PAC
(937) 275-2235 - office
(937) 475-1515 - cell

Grassroots group raises nearly $25,000 in an online fundraiser for
NASCAR Nationwide Series sponsorship

Ron Paul Racing (http://www.ronpaulracing.com), founded by grassroots supporters of conservative Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul (http://www.ronpaul2008.com), hopes to sponsor Fitz Motorsports' Kenny Wallace and teammate Mike Bliss in the 2008 Nationwide Series NASCAR season.

(Dayton, Ohio - February 16, 2008) Ron Paul Racing was founded by grassroots Ron Paul supporters who are frustrated with the conservative Republican's lack of news media coverage in his bid for the White House. Their solution? Bypass the newsroom and go straight for the sports desk.

The group is holding an online fundraiser at www.ronpaulracing.com for a season-long associate sponsorship of Fitz Motorsports' #36 (driven by Kenny Wallace) and #22 (driven by Mike Bliss) in the Nationwide Series. The NASCAR Nationwide Series (formerly the Busch Series) kicks off on February 16th at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida. Like the Presidential campaign, the season runs into November.

Appearing in an online radio interview with Ron Paul Racing spokesperson Kathleen Hanover on February 15, team owner Armando Fitz said "We are thrilled to be part of this whole Ron Paul Racing project we hope that we can get a lot of supporters to come on board and watch this project grow...we just want to get the Ron Paul's name out there." A recording of the full interview, conducted by host Bryan Malatesta on Ron Paul Revolution Radio, is available online at http://mp3.rprradio.com/16k/200802/20080215_Fri_Malatesta2.mp3.

Why NASCAR? "The sport's 75 million fans are a perfect demographic for Ron Paul," says Hanover. "NASCAR fans tend to be conservative-leaning, patriotic, and pro-military. Since Ron Paul's top three sources of campaign contributions are active duty members of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force respectively, we think it's a great fit. And with an audience that's 40% female, NASCAR reaches more women than any other sport. We think Ron Paul's message of small government, secure borders, a strong national defense and low taxes will resonate with NASCAR fans. And we think this may be the first ever attempt at a season-long NASCAR sponsorship funded entirely by individual donors on behalf of a political candidate."

The $300,000 sponsorship package, put together on Feb. 7th, will take Ron Paul's message of Peace, Prosperity and Freedom to over 75 millon NASCAR fans for nearly 40 weeks. "The most valuable part of the deal is the TV coverage opportunities that come from being associated with Kenny Wallace. He has over 1.2 million viewers per week on The Speed Channel, plus millions more viewers every race weekend," Hanover says. The deal includes Ron Paul signage on both cars, the team's pit equipment, and both 18-wheel transport vehicles. "It also includes appearances by the team's 'Show Cars' at special events," notes Hanover. Ron Paul Racing hopes to schedule the appearance of a Ron Paul Show Car in Texas on March 4th, the day of the state's primary election.

Wallace, known as "The Hermanator," is a popular TV host on The Speed Channel, appearing on My NASCAR and NASCAR Race Day every week. In a recorded message to Ron Paul Racing supporters, Wallace stated his support for Ron Paul and his economic platform, calling the 10-term Congressman from Texas "a breath of fresh air."

As of Saturday morning, February 16th, the group had raised $24,409 from 357 individual donors. Supporters will sign the sponsorship contract with Fitz Motorsports once they've collected enough donations to fund a $50,000 deposit. The group will have to raise about $30,000 a month from then on to maintain its sponsorship.

"We were hoping to raise the deposit in time for the Camping World 300 on Saturday, but it looks like we'll have to aim for the Stater Brothers 300 next weekend at California Speedway as our first race," says Hanover. "Frankly, people were pretty skeptical that we could pull this off at all. Considering the fact that no one has ever done anything like this before—in the history of NASCAR or politics—we think we're doing pretty well."

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About Ron Paul Racing and Liberty Racing PAC
Ron Paul Racing is an independent organization of grassroots supporters dedicated to spreading the message of Dr. Ron Paul: Peace, Prosperity, and Freedom and supporting his campaign for President of the United States. Ron Paul Racing is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
Ron Paul Racing is funded by Liberty Racing PAC, which was formed by race fans who are dedicated to advancing the cause of Liberty through the political process. Liberty Racing PAC supports candidates and organizations who work on behalf of a return to Constitutional government, the advancement of individual political and economic freedom, and the promotion of free market solutions to societal problems.

About Ron Paul
Ron Paul is the conservative Republican candidate for President of the United States. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dr. Ron Paul tirelessly works for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies. Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution. Congressman Paul’s consistent voting record prompted one of his congressional colleagues to say, “Ron Paul personifies the Founding Fathers’ ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear that his principles will never be compromised, and they never are.” Dr. Paul is an obstetrician who has delivered over 4,000 babies during his career. Ron and his wife Carol recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary. They have five children, 17 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He can be found online at www.ronpaul2008.com.

About Kenny Wallace
A native of St. Louis, Kenny is one of NASCAR’s most colorful and popular personalities. He is featured on well-known racing-themed television and radio shows. Kenny’s popularity still continues to escalate with the success of SPEED Channel’s NASCAR RaceDay, the most popular NASCAR pre-race show, and NASCAR Victory Lane, where he is a regular personality. He's a 9-time NASCAR Busch Series Winner, and winner of 10 NASCAR Busch Series Pole Awards. He was voted the Busch Series' Most Popular Driver in 1991, 1994, and 2006. Racing is in Kenny Wallace’s blood. His father, Russ, was one of the Midwest’s most successful short track drivers and his older brothers, Rusty and Mike, compete against Kenny in the highest levels of NASCAR racing.

About Mike Bliss
A native of Milwaukie, Oregon, Mike Bliss raced his way to the NASCAR ranks driving midgets, super modifides, and sprint cars, landing his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory in 1993. Bliss began racing in NASCAR in 1995, driving the #08/2 Ford F-150 for Ultra Motorsports, and the next year he finished fifth in points. Bliss ran a partial season for Fitz Motorsports in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2007, posting three top-five finishes and four top-ten finishes. He helped bring the No.22 Fitz Motorsports Dodge to an 11th place finishing position in the NASCAR Busch Series Owners points for 2007.

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