Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Zippy ready for another charity snowmobile ride

The Sixth Annual Zippy’s Crusade For Kids Charity Snowmobile Ride in Inlet, NY, will take place at The Ole Barn on Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28. The 2011 Zippy’s Crusade For Kids donates much needed funds to many organizations and families, including the Shriners Hospitals for Children, the National Transplant Assistance fund, Motor Racing Outreach and the Children’s Homes of Iredell County.

Arctic Cat Inc. will provide snowmobiles for the celebrities to ride and share their passion.  Celebrities this year will include 2011 Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart and Greg Zipadelli, competition direction for Stewart-Haas Racing as well as crew chief of the No. 10 Chevrolet for SHR. Also attending: Steve Addington, Crew Chief, Jeff Meendering, Car Chief, and Aaron Kuehn, Crew Member of the No. 14 team. Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Sprint car racing team for Tony Stewart Racing will also attend.

Zippy’s Crusade For Kids Charity Snowmobile Event will begin at 5 p.m. on Jan. 27 with a meet and greet, autograph signing, heavy hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes.  “Showtime” will begin to play at 9 p.m.  The snowmobile ride will begin with brunch on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and “take-off” of the sleds will be at 11 a.m.  The event will conclude Saturday evening with a full buffet of excellent food, raffles, silent and live auctions and presentation of checks.

Zippy’s Crusade For Kids is a not for profit founded by Greg and Nan Zipadelli to raise funds through community events to donate to help kids in need.  Any questions or to purchase tickets, you can go to www.crusadeforkids.com.

Reutimann joins Tommy Baldwin Racing

An announcement from Tommy Baldwin Racing on Tuesday:

Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) added NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver David Reutimann to the team’s 2012 driver lineup alongside Dave Blaney. Still seeking sponsorship for both Reutimann and Blaney, details regarding car number, sponsors and team members will follow in the upcoming weeks.

Reutimann, a Zephyrhills, Fla., native, made his first NSCS start in 2005. He competed in four full NSCS seasons with Michael Waltrip Racing and compiled two wins, 12 top-fives, 26 top-10s and four poles. The 41-year-old racer also competed in the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series where he captured two wins.

“Tommy has built a really good organization from the ground up in a really short amount of time,” said Reutimann. “One of the things I like about Tommy and what’s refreshing about him is that he is just a racer. There are lots of things he could be doing but instead he is at the shop every day working hard to build the organization from the ground up. There are not a lot of true racers in the garage, and he is one of them. It’s the way I was raised with my Dad, so we are on the same page. I’m just really looking forward to the season and see what we can do.”

TBR competed in every event in the 36-race NSCS schedule in 2011 and raced into the top-35 in NSCS Owner Points, meeting the team’s 2011 season goals. Blaney drove to the team’s best finish of third in the October event at Talladega Superspeedway. The team also fielded a second car for five events in the second half of the season.

"Reutimann will be a great addition to our program and to Dave Blaney,” commented team owner Tommy Baldwin. “Last season, we met our goal of running the entire schedule and making the top-35 in points. This season, our goals is to continue our progress on the competition side. Having two veteran drivers in Reutimann and Blaney is a very important step in our program’s growth.”