Geoffrey Bodine to run U.S. Olympic Bo-Dyn Bobsled Truck in Atlanta Motor Speedway's E-Z-GO 200 Truck Race on Saturday, March 6 In a nod to the U.S. Olympic bobsled medalists and his pastime, NASCAR veteran Geoffrey Bodine will compete in ...
Geoffrey Bodine to run U.S. Olympic Bo-Dyn Bobsled Truck in Atlanta Motor Speedway's E-Z-GO 200 Truck Race on Saturday, March 6
In a nod to the U.S. Olympic bobsled medalists and his pastime, NASCAR veteran Geoffrey Bodine will compete in the E-Z-GO 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the No. 95 Bo-Dyn Bobsled paint scheme featuring the U.S. Olympic bobsled medalists, including Douglasville, Georgia's Elana Meyers who won a bronze medal. A Bo-Dyn Bobsled will be on display in front of the Fan Stage in the Display Lot and the vehicle will arrive at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Wednesday, March 3.
Geoff Bodine's interest in bobsledding came to a boil during the 1992 Winter Olympics and, after learning the U.S. was struggling using antiquated equipment produced overseas, he co-founded Bo-Dyn Bobsleds, the company that produced the medal winning bobsleds used in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Using his race-engineering background, Bodine partnered with Bob Cuneo of Chassis Dynamics to produce medal-winning vehicles, a partnership culminating with Gold in Vancouver. The company's name reflects a combination of Bodine (Bo) and Chassis Dynamics (Dyn). The Gold medal won by the U.S. four-man team marks the first U.S. bobsled Gold since 1948.
GEOFFREY BODINE: On the decision for a Bo-Dyn Bobsleds paint scheme:
"We we're going to put Bo-Dyn Bobsleds on the truck no matter what, but now that we've had success in the Olympics were going to put the names of the athletes that won the medal on the truck and it should look good."
On the importance of Bo-Dyn Bobsleds:
"If I hadn't gotten involved in 1992 in the American bobsled program, people have told me many times there would not be an American bobsled program. They were out of money, out of equipment, and out of help. So yeah, I feel proud that we kept it going and ended up with a Gold medal in these games. I'm real proud. I love our country and this is another way for me to show that."
On his emotions at the bottom of the run prior to the Gold medal attempt:
"Standing there [at the bottom of the hill], I realized a long time ago there's no point to bite your finger nails and be nervous, so I was just standing there pretty cool and calm. But part of the calmness came from the confidence I had in the team because they had been so consistent all week there. I had that confidence in their ability and, of course, I'm racer and I know one slip can mess you up."
On the scope of the Olympics:
"To be a part of something the whole population of the United States is really behind -- it's pretty neat. In racing, when I won Daytona I had my race fans and it was great when the couple of people who liked me cheered for me, but in the Olympics it's a completely different feeling to have the whole country cheering for you."
On comparing speed in a bobsled and race car:
"I know first hand what the feeling is like for each. In racing, you have gas, break, a steering wheel, a clutch, and a key. When you want to shut it off and don't want to go, you can cut it off. A driver is in complete control of speed in a race car. In a bobsled, once you start down the hill Mother Nature is the engine and you can't turn Mother Nature off -- you're going to end up at the bottom of the bobsled run and it's that out-of-control feeling that gets your adrenaline going and race car drivers love it. If you don't steer it, you're going to crash."