Chad Hackenbracht “Paying It Forward” In Talladega
Chad Hackenbracht “Paying It Forward” In Talladega
TALLADEGA, Alabama (May 1, 2012)
Knight Motorsports Management
May 1, 2012
- - ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver Chad Hackenbracht may be one of the busiest drivers leading into Friday’s International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
But, the New Philadelphia, Ohio native will be the first to tell you, he doesn’t mind the hectic schedule. In fact, he embraces it. While his CGH Motorsports team will be doing their due-diligence on Wednesday at the track, Hackenbracht will be off-site partaking in some pre-race activity.
His first stop mid-week commences with a trip to WTDR Thunder 92.7 FM studios in Oxford, Alabama where Hackenbracht will be on-hand for the station’s “Wake Up Show Pit Crew Challenge” where listeners will earn the opportunity to be an on-site correspondent for WTDR Thunder 92 while also be an honorary CGH Motorsports crew member for the fourth race of the season.
From Oxford, Hackenbracht will head to Fort Rucker where he will spend several hours with members of the Armed Forces (United States Army), returning from stations all over the world. Fort Rucker is known as the home of “Army Aviation." Following his visit, he will retreat to spend the evening with his team and prepare for practice and qualifying on Thursday.
His off-track duties will shift into overdrive following his third start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Friday night as he will attend an event in support of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind located at the SPEED Dome near the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, just outside the race track. The popular driver will be attending the “Race Fever” event as an opportunity to meet and mingle with the race fans and sign autographs.
“I really enjoy the off-track appearances,” offered Hackenbracht. “It’s a good opportunity to not only spend time with your current fans but also have the chance to make new ones too. Everyone loves Talladega, myself included. I’m doing a little bit of everything this week, so I get the opportunity to meet so many fans on a variety of levels; it really just makes you appreciate the privilege you have to drive a racecar.”
Beyond the glamour, Hackenbracht knows he still has a job to do on Thursday and Friday and with the support of his crew chief Kevin Reed, the duo looks to make some noise and flex their muscle during the race in the No. 58 Tastee Apple Chevrolet Impala.
“We’re bringing the same car we had at Daytona,” Hackenbracht said. “It was a top-10 car all day at Daytona, unfortunately, we just found ourselves shuffled back near the end of the race and didn’t have enough laps to get ourselves back to the front. We haven’t made a lot of changes, but we’ve made some to see if we can get our No. 58 Tastee Apple Chevrolet Impala faster, because I sure would like to arrive at “Race Fever” calling ourselves a first-time winner in the ARCA Racing Series.
The 20-year old knows that winning the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 is going to be a huge task, but it’s one that his team is more than ready to contend for. “We’ve shown for a while now that we have built our team into a competitive fixture each weekend in the ARCA Racing Series,” he said. “Everyone also knows that we’ve put a lot of time and effort into our superspeedway program and a win would just make all of that hard work pay off. Plus, it’s Talladega!”
Another reason that Hackenbracht and his Mooresville, North Carolina-based CGH Motorsports are eyeing a breathtaking performance in Friday’s contest – sponsorship. The team is still hunting for a marketing partner to join their operation that will help them continue to have a presence on the tour and more importantly an opportunity to surge towards an ARCA championship.
“It’s no secret, that we’ve been looking for some help for a while now,” Hackenbracht commented. “This is a great team. We’re full of energy, ideas and ambitions. I know if we can just find that right sponsor, we can definitely make bigger and better things happen for all of us.”
While many of the ARCA Racing Series drivers are expected to trek back home for a much deserved week off, Hackenbracht will remain in Talladega where he will continue to show his support for the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind by providing NASCAR Nationwide Series pit tours and making an appearance on behalf of Armour Vienna Sausages on Saturday.
The International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 (94 laps / 250 miles) is the fourth of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 50th ever ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Thursday, May 3rd with a three hour practice session planned from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 5:05 p.m. Coverage of time trials is available online through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com in collaboration with Alabama’s local WTDR Thunder 92.7 FM. A 45-minute final practice has been etched in on Friday, April 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. The event will take the green flag that afternoon shortly after 4:00 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional live broadcasting available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com in collaboration with Alabama’s local WTDR Thunder 92.7 FM. All times are local (Central).
CGH Motorsports still has marketing partnerships available for the 2012 ARCA Racing Series season. Interested parties can contact Jordan Dahl at Jordan@cghmotorsports.com or 570.234.5449.
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About CGH Motorsports:
CGH Motorsports (CGHMotorsports.com), established in 2007 by Ohio entrepreneur Greg Hackenbracht is located in a 10,000 sq. foot facility located in Mooresville, North Carolina. CGH Motorsports is home of rising sensation Chad Hackenbracht, who competed in nine ARCA Racing Series races in 2010 after an aggressive ARCA testing schedule in 2009. Chad Hackenbracht is the 2008 National Asphalt Legends champion, winning 33 percent of his races and finishing in the top-10, 85 percent of the events he competed in. The team has stepped up their commitment from a partial schedule in 2010 and ran a full-effort in 2011, and will attempt another full season of competition in 2012.
PHOTO CAPTION: Chad Hackenbracht, driver of the No. 58 Tastee Apple Chevrolet Impala in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for CGH Motorsports.
NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management
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