For the past few weeks, this column has been detailing the uphill battle of racer Josh White of West Virginia as he tries to fight his way into the upper ranks of stock car racing. His journey of a lifetime reached new heights late last month, as he was certified to return the the high banks of the Daytona International Speedway in an attempt to qualify for the Daytona ARCA race on Feb. 15.
White is the epitome of modern racing. Without the support of a wealthy benefactor, or a big name sponsor at his disposal, he has been fighting since last year to try and find support to achieve his goals.
"Ever since September I have sent out over 2,500 emails, and it has been tough finding what I need," stated White.
On Monday, Jan. 13, he thought he was finally going to be able to move up the racing ladder towards his dream of competing in the Sprint Cup Series.
"A company said they were interested in sponsoring me for Daytona," commented a slightly disappointed White. "We had a sponsorship meeting..., they declined me and said that they don't have any more of a budget for 2014. They said maybe they will/can sponsor me in 2015."
Instead of giving up, however, White turned to his fans on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter in order to help try and spread awareness of his plight. His resolve still strong, he had to try and come up with at least some sort of backup plan in order to try and keep his dream alive.
"I had a thought about something," said a more upbeat White. "What about a contest? We are trying to raise money for 2014, so here is the prizes:
- Grand Prize: Fan sponsorship, get your name on the ARCA Truck or if we raise enough money, get your name on a ARCA car, on the website, and in news articles everywhere, as well as a paid entry into the pits at an event that I will be racing and some autographs.
- Second Prize: the second prize winner gets this RARE Harley Davidson Mini Gas Tank set and a personalized autograph.
Prize rules: $5 a ticket, we will accept the $5 ticket fee through Paypal, check, or money order. This contest will be composed of 2 drawings, the first person to be drawn gets grand prize, the second person to be drawn gets second prize.
Their is no limit as to how many tickets you can purchase. If sending through PayPal, send to C3camaro1984@yahoo.com and if you are sending a check or money order, send to Josh White at 687 Campbell's Creek Dr., Charleston, WV 25306."
So, the question is; can you afford to spend a mere $5 to help support a grassroots racer? I don't know about you, but this reporter is ready to help make the sport we all love a little better. Are you?
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