Interstate and I Am Second to Power NHRA’s Mike Edwards
Interstate Batteries® is returning for its third season in the National Hot Rod Association as primary sponsor of the Mike Edwards Motorsports Pro Stock team and will be sharing the sponsorship with newcomer I Am Second®. The 20-race 2013 sponsorship package features Interstate Batteries on the hood of the Edwards Chevrolet Camaro for 11 races along with Interstate Chairman Norm Miller‘s faith-based ministry I Am Second as the primary sponsor for nine events. (See 2013 NHRA schedule below.)
“Interstate Batteries is proud to return for our third year as a partner with Mike Edwards and his team for the 2013 season,” Miller said. “We are also excited about the opportunity to introduce NHRA fans to I am Second. Mike’s outrageous dependability and commitment to excellence represent the core values of Interstate Batteries and his heart for helping people live successful lives makes him a great partner for I am Second. We look forward to our best season together yet.”
Interstate Batteries has been associated with motorsports for 30 years, dating back to the company’s initial involvement with the Interstate Batteries Great American Race in 1983. Since then, Interstate has expanded its motorsports support to not only include NHRA Pro Stock racing, but also NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams (Founding Sponsor, Joe Gibbs Racing) and AMA Supercross/motocross teams (JGRMX).
I Am Second is an outreach program designed to help people discover their true purpose in life. The authentic stories of actors, athletes, musicians, business leaders and everyday people posted on the website (iamsecond.com) provides the most significant insight into dealing with the typical struggles of everyday living.
“Interstate Batteries is a proven brand for consumers and in the motorsports community,” Edwards said. “We are excited to continue our very successful relationship with a company that exemplifies a championship team.”
Edwards finished sixth in points in 2012 in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock division with two wins. Thirty-four of his 36 career victories have come in Pro Stock for the former Pro Stock champion (2009).
JGRMX: Brayton Gets Best Finish in San Diego
Many times during the course of a season, Supercross athletes are competing with injuries not obvious to spectators. Grant sustained a broken ankle and a shoulder contusion last weekend in Anaheim and was questionable for San Diego. Doctors told Grant he could attempt to race, but the pain may prove too much to bear. A crash in the second practice aggravated his injuries, rendering him unable to ride at Qualcomm Stadium. He will work with his doctors during the week.
Brayton qualified to the main event from his heat race without incident. He began the main in the top-five and settled into third place as the laps wound down. With six laps to go, the podium began to elude Brayton as some late race mistakes put him in seventh at the finish. Although it wasn’t the result he looked to be destined for, it is his best main event finish of the series thus far.
Next week: Supercross heads to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, and the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series begins in Pomona, Calif. NASCAR also marks its unofficial start to the season with the Sprint Unlimited race at Daytona.
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