Eric Curran, Boris Said, and the Whelen Motorsports team head back to Watkins Glen International this weekend with the #31 Whelen Corvette for the Continental Tire 200; the tenth round in the 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. This weekend though, Curran will be driving double-duty with some seat time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series #53 Dodge Charger of NDS Motorsports.
"I am really excited for my NASCAR Nationwide debut this weekend at Watkins Glen. I grew up racing in New England and won my first race at the Glen back in 1996."
"I have had great success at the Glen over the years in many different series. I raced in the NASCAR Camping World Series
there a few years ago but never a Nationwide race. I am really looking forward to it!"
"I want to thank Steve Hibbard and NDS Motorsports for the opportunity to drive the #53 Dodge in this weekends Nationwide race at Watkins Glen. To make a great opportunity even better, I will be driving the #53 car again at Montreal the following weekend."
"To top off these two great weekends coming up, I get to promote Team Fox and The Michael J Fox Foundation. Sonny Whelen unfortunately developed Parkinson's a few years ago and recently gave up his racing career to drive a new race, The Race to Cure Parkinson's."
"Sonny has been very active with Team Fox and currently sits on the board and welcomes any donations to help develop a cure for the disease. I am really proud to be able to support Team Fox with both the Nationwide Car and the GRAND-AM Rolex Series car at Watkins Glen and Montreal."
"Special thanks to NDS Motorsports and Marsh Racing for promoting such a great cause!"
Visit the Michael J Fox Foundation website and help support Sonny and Team Fox in a new type of race!
Follow Team Fox on to The Continental Tire 200 at Watkins Glen International on August 11th for the next round of the GRAND-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. The race will be televised live on SPEED on 8/11 at 6:00 PM ET. The NASCAR Nationwide race will be televised live on ABC on 8/11 at 2:00 PM ET.
ABOUT WHELEN ENGINEERING:
Whelen Engineering Inc. was founded in 1952 by George W. Whelen III with the development of a rotating aircraft "anti-collision beacon" product that quickly found use with police, fire and public safety departments across the country and around the world.
Whelen is now the world's largest designer and manufacturer of emergency visual and audible warning products. Whelen is the only United States manufacturer of emergency warning equipment that continues to design and manufacture all of its products entirely in the United States.
Whelen is the entitlement sponsor of three NASCAR grass-roots racing series and is the major corporate sponsor of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc., the designer and supplier of bobsleds to the USA Bobsled Team, including the "Night Train" four-man bobsled that won the Olympic Gold Medal at the Vancouver Olympics.
Located in Chester, CT, Whelen Engineering is owned by George W. "Sonny" Whelen IV, son of the company's founder. The company's website is www.Whelen.com