Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation to Sponsor Braun Racing's ...
Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation to Sponsor Braun Racing's #32 in Phoenix
Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation, located just outside of Phoenix, AZ, has signed with Braun Racing as the primary sponsor for this weekend's Arizona 200 presented by Walk the Line on November 12th. This will be Ft. McDowell's second appearance in the NASCAR Busch Series, the first as a primary sponsor of the #32 Ft. McDowell "Yavapai Pride" Chevy.
"This NASCAR racing series enjoys enormous popularity. In the past 25 years, attendance at stock car races has skyrocketed, making it the largest spectator sport in America. Television viewership has grown right along with race attendance, and we are proud to be among the series' sponsors, with our sponsorship of Jason Leffler's # 32 Braun Racing Chevrolet. The nation's involvement with the NASCAR Busch series and Braun Racing will provide us with significant visibility with both race attendees and television viewers," explained President Bear of the Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation.
In addition to their sponsorship of the race team, Ft. McDowell will host a charity poker tournament this evening (Wed.) at the Ft. McDowell casino to benefit Speedway Children's Charity and United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY). Yavapai Materials, VoxBox, Infinity Mobile, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles are sponsoring the charity tournament and the event will feature NASCAR celebrities Jason Leffler, Todd Braun, Bill Simpson, TJ Bell, Regan Smith, and Ron Hornaday.
"When we decided to get involved with Braun Racing we thought of different ways we could also give back to the community, that's where the poker tournament fell into place. With the help of the NASCAR community we hope to make this event a success and make it bigger and better every year," stated President Bear.
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is one of the country's strongest proponents of tribal sovereignty and a model on how to build tribal unity. From the fight to be released from a prison camp in the desolate desert to tangling with -- and winning -- over the FBI, Fort McDowell Yavapais have endured in the face of adversity to preserve their land, culture and identity.
Today, the 900-plus member tribe is a multi-million dollar operation. Through hard work, unity and its diverse enterprises, the Yavapais have achieved their long-sought independence and prosperity. The community is dotted with well-kept homes built by the tribe; a new elementary school, tribal buildings, health center, and a full-service recreation center. More importantly, a sense of pride emanates from Yavapai community members from the oldest elder down to the newest baby.
Stayed tuned as the #32 Ft. McDowell "Yavapai Pride" Chevy takes to the track this Saturday, November 12th at 1:30 pm EST. The Arizona 200 will be broadcast live on TNT and radio stations affiliated with MRN.
Ft. McDowell aims to become the #1 destination resort for vacationers throughout the U.S. The 40 square mile reservation features a casino, RV park, Wild West Adventures, and a top rated 18 hole golf course. In addition, a Radisson resort and conference center is scheduled to open in January of 2006. For more information please visit www.ftmcdowell.org.