Luke and Geoff Bodine Team up with Tommy Baldwin Racing for Five Races
Bodine will drive No. 35 Luke Associates, Inc. Chevrolet Beginning at Daytona
Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) will field a second car for five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races this season. Geoffrey Bodine will pilot the No. 35 Luke Associates, Inc. Chevrolet for all five events, starting with the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) July 2nd. He will return to the Luke Associates, Inc.-sponsored Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Texas Motor Speedway and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Luke Associates, Inc. (Luke) is one of the largest providers of healthcare for the U.S. military and is rapidly expanding into national and local healthcare systems.
”It is very exciting to work with people and organizations who share in the same values and ethics as Luke,” said Jim Barfield, President and CEO of Luke. “We are looking forward to a great partnership with Geoff, Tommy and his team, and NASCAR. After meeting with Geoff and TBR, we knew that this sponsorship was meant to be; sometimes you just know when things are right”.
I'm excited with this opportunity and can't wait to get started.
Geoffrey Bodine made his NSCS debut in 1979. Over his 26-year NASCAR career, the Chemung, N.Y., native collected 18 wins, 100 top-fives and led over 8,600 laps. At age 62, Bodine ranks 16th all-time with 37 career poles.
"I met Rich Hall, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer, at Luke & Associates, at a car show in Daytona Beach recently,” said Bodine. “My business partner, Rob Amos, and I were there promoting Geoff Bodine's Waxing Frenzy and selling raffle tickets for The Alzheimer's Foundation of Brevard County. Rob mentioned my desire to return to Sprint Cup competition, and that's where it all began. I'm excited with this opportunity and can't wait to get started."
TBR, formed in 2009, began the team’s first full season of competition in 2011. Running all the races in 2011, TBR moved into the top-35 in NSCS Owner Points early in the year guaranteeing the team a spot in the race for the first time in the team’s history.
“It’s great that we got a new, fast-growing company involved in NASCAR,” said TBR owner Tommy Baldwin. “Luke has the same vision and ethics as we do at TBR, and we are really excited to help them grow their business as we grow ours.”
The No. 35 Luke & Associates, Inc. Chevrolet will make its debut with Bodine behind the wheel of the Luke Chevrolet at DIS for the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday, July 2nd.