Angie McBride secures new sponsor for Carolinas Nationals

September 9, 2008 by  
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Angie McBride

NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Angie McBride has a new sponsor, just in time for the Carolinas Nationals. The Charlotte based Carolina Speed indoor football team will be the primary sponsor for McBride’s Smith Racing Buell. The sponsorship comes just in time for the inaugural race at the new zMax Dragway at Lowes Motor Speedway, September 11th through 14th. The race will introduce the Charlotte area to the NHRA POWERade Racing series.

The new sponsorship comes on the heels of McBride’s greatly improved performance at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis nine days ago. With only nine race entries so far this season, McBride found some extra speed in her Buell and qualified eleventh out of a field of 27 entries. After surviving the five qualifying rounds, McBride defeated Angelle Sampey in the first round of eliminations on race day. McBride was eliminated by Andrew Hines, who is currently second in Championship points, during the second round of eliminations. McBride currently sits 15th in NHRA POWERade Championship Points.

The Carolina Speed will host a meet and greet at Carolina Autosports in Concord on Wednesday September 10th, where fans can meet Angie McBride and teammate Matt Smith, who is the defending NHRA Pro Stock motorcycle champion. Fans are encouraged to come out to the Carolina Autosports location at 829 Church St. in Concord from 11-6pm to meet with the two drivers where they will be on hand signing autographs with their bikes on display.

Visit the Carolina Speed website.


Here's the press release from Carolina Speed / Tex Motorsports Marketing for more information

Concord, NC 9/8/08- The true meaning of “Carolina Speed” will be apparent
as ever as Charlotte’s own Carolina Speed indoor football team will become
primary sponsor of Winston-Salem, NC female driver Angie McBride’s NHRA Pro
Stock motorcycle at the inaugural NHRA Carolina Nationals event September
11-14th at the all new zMAX Dragway in Concord, NC.

It just may be a Charlotte sports fan’s dream as two of the area’s most
popular sports come together as one. The event will kick off a year of firsts
for both sports to the Charlotte area. While the 2009 season will be third year
of play for the Carolina Speed it will be the first year for the Speed to play
in their new home of Cricket Arena with new local owner Eddie Littlefield at the
helm. As for Angie McBride and the entire NHRA series, this weekend’s
“Carolina Nationals” event will mark their first ever event in the
Concord/Charlotte area.

“When we had the opportunity to sponsor Angie in the inaugural race at zMAX
Dragway right here in our own backyard we had to jump on it. You can’t ask for
a better total partnership package, what’s more Charlotte, NC than motorsports
and football. The fans of both can easily relate to one another and you can
almost bet that most are huge fans of both sports and to bring the two together
is the best of both worlds,” stated Eddie Littlefield owner of the Carolina
Speed.

The partnership will actually kick off early as the Speed will host a meet and
greet at Carolina Autosports in Concord on Wednesday September 10th with McBride
and teammate Matt Smith, the defending NHRA Pro Stock motorcycle champion. Fans
are encouraged to come out to the Carolina Autosports location at 829 Church St.
in Concord from 11-6pm to meet with the two drivers where they will be on hand
signing autographs with their bikes on display.

When asked about racing at her new home track in Charlotte with the colors of
the Carolina Speed on board her Smith Racing Buell bike Angie had this to say,
“I don’t know if I can wait much longer for this weekend to get here, I mean
it’s just going to be awesome to be racing in Charlotte. And when you think it
can’t get any better racing at your home track with family and friend around
it does by having the Carolina Speed, Charlotte’s own indoor football team;
jump on board as our sponsor for the race. This weekend is like the perfect mix
of adrenalin and action for any Charlotte area sports fan and I’m just
thrilled Eddie (Littlefield) and the rest of the team had me be a part of it. I
guess Charlotte’s had the opportunity to see “Carolina Speed” on the field
now it’s time they see it down track.”

In March 2009 the Carolina Speed will begin play at the Cricket Arena in
Charlotte, NC and entering their third season of play as a member of the
American Indoor Football Association. Various 2009 season ticket packages still
remain. For more information call 704-786-0280 or visit www.carolinaspeed.com.

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