Marlin's Car Designed by Camp Boggy Creek Children DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 27, 2006) -- When Sterling Marlin climbs behind the wheel of his Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevrolet for this weekend's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event, he'll be stepping into a...
Marlin's Car Designed by Camp Boggy Creek Children
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 27, 2006) -- When Sterling Marlin climbs behind the wheel of his Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevrolet for this weekend's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event, he'll be stepping into a piece of art.
Three campers from Camp Boggy Creek, a summer camp for seriously ill children, started their creative engines and put their own design to the Ginn Clubs & Resorts car for Saturday night's Pepsi 400. With only a blank template in hand, the three children let their imaginations race, collaborating to make their vision become a reality with millions of spectators viewing the creation this weekend.
Camp Boggy Creek, based in Eustis, Fla., falls under the Hole In The Wall Camps umbrella which is also home to Randleman, N.C.-based The Victory Junction Gang Camp.
"I saw a rendering and the Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevrolet looks spectacular," said Marlin. "It's an honor to drive this car knowing such hard work has been put into it by these Camp Boggy Creek children. I also applaud the Ginn Company for helping make these children's dreams come true and allowing them to design our race car for such a prestigious event."
Tori Tiger (15), Jake Westfield (13) and Zachary Robinson (10) were the three lucky children from Camp Boggy Creek chosen to participate in the creation.
Complete with flashy colors, racing stripes, polka dots and stars, the No. 14 Chevrolet is sure to stand out when it roars around Daytona International Speedway.
"Daytona is by far one of our best tracks," said Marlin, who put himself in contention for a Daytona 500 victory in February before being collected in a wreck in the closing laps. "MB2 Motorsports has a great superspeedway program and we proved that at the 500 this year. Unfortunately we didn't quite make it to the end, but we showed everyone there how strong we were and that we had what it took to win."
If Marlin's record at the 2.5-mile superspeedway is any indication of how the MB2 Motorsports team will perform this weekend, the Boggy Creek campers have every reason to believe they could see their masterpiece in Victory Lane.
Marlin has scored three wins at the famed 2.5-mile tri-oval, including back-to-back Daytona 500 victories (1994, 1995) and a win in the Pepsi 400 (1996). He also owns four poles at the 1992 Daytona 500 and the 1991, 1992 and 2001 Pepsi 400.
"Helping to design the Ginn Club & Resorts car for the Pepsi 400 was a huge thrill for our campers," said Sarah Gurtis, vice President of marketing & corporate development for Camp Boggy Creek. "Everyone involved made it a magical experience from start to finish and we think the car is going to finish very well come Saturday."
The deck lid of this weekend's No. 14 Chevrolet will carry an Easter Seals logo. The nonprofit organization won a spot on the Ginn Clubs & Resorts car in a charity go-cart event earlier this month between Marlin and Bill Elliott.
"Ginn Clubs & Resorts has put so much energy into making this car special for so many different people and organizations," said Marlin. "It really shows what a standup group of people they are."
"We believe our Ginn Clubs & Resorts Chevrolet can run up front all weekend," continued Marlin. "It would be pretty special if we could take this paint scheme, along with its three Camp Boggy Creek designers, to victory lane Saturday night."
The official unveiling of the car will take place Thursday, June 29 near the infield media center at Daytona International Speedway.