HRT signs associate sponsor for Miami: Children International to ride on rear quarter panels.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Nov. 11, 2002) -- The Hispanic Racing Team (HRT Motorsports) has signed an associate sponsor of the No. 09 CICLON Energy Drink car for this weekend's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Children International, which provides aid to impoverished children throughout the world, will be on the rear quarter panels of the car. The No. 09 Chevrolet will be driven by Carlos Contreras in his NASCAR Busch Grand National series debut.
"HRT has teamed up with Children International to help poor children in Spanish-speaking countries around the world," said team co-owner Mike Vazquez. "Although we may never win the race against poverty, we can sure help these children get a better start in life. By sponsoring a child, like we at HRT have done, we can give these children real help and real hope."
Vazquez, co-owner Rudy Rodriguez and Contreras have all signed on to sponsor kids through the Children International program. The three children are from Ecuador and the Dominican Republic, and range in age from two to six.
Children International helps more than 230,000 children throughout 18 field projects in 10 countries around the world. Its sponsorship programs bring health, education and other opportunities to poor children and help them become contributing members to society.
"We are excited to 'go racin' with HRT and Carlos," said David Houchen, senior vice president at Children International. "This is a very unique way to spread the word about how we can help poor children in Spanish-speaking countries and other countries around the world. NASCAR fans are extremely loyal, and we believe they will take this cause to heart and consider sponsoring a needy child, just as Mike, Rudy and Carlos have already done. We're hoping to make this a winning team both on and off the track."
The race at Homestead-Miami speedway will close out the 2003 NASCAR Busch Series season. It will be the third event this year for HRT, the first and only Hispanic-owned, -sponsored and -driven team in NASCAR.
ABOUT HRT Motorsports:
HRT Motorsports was established in 1999 in order to add diversity and create a new fan base within NASCAR. HRT Motorsports is the first Hispanic-owned, -sponsored and -driven NASCAR team. HRT maximizes its sponsors' demographic reach and fan-potential on three continents by enlisting well-known auto-racing personalities within the Hispanic community: Carlos Contreras, Roberto Guerrero and brother, Jaime. HRT's Hispanic drivers are joining forces for the first time, bringing their experience and dedicated fan base to America's speedways. www.hrtmotorsports.com
ABOUT CICLON INTERNATIONAL S.A.
Founded in 1996, produced in Austria and now headquartered in Panama City, Panama with sales and marketing in Puerto Rico, CICLON Energy Drink is fortified with vitamins C, B2, B6, and B12. CICLON Energy Drink launched in Puerto Rico last year and was No. 1 in its category within only seven months. CICLON thinks global and acts local in both their sales and marketing approach, making HRT Motorsports and NASCAR obvious partners. www.ciclon.com
ABOUT CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL
Established in 1936, Children International is a nonprofit organization with its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. Children International's sponsorship program benefits more than 230,000 sponsored children and their families in ten countries around the world, including Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Nepal, the Philippines and the United States. Children International also works in the West Bank/Jerusalem area providing care for poor children and their families, and in Africa providing care for children and their families affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information about Children International, visit www.children.org.