Tommy Baldwin Racing & Steve Park to Honor Modified Series Champion Richie Evans Asking Fans to Contribute to be a Part of the Legacy May 27, 2010 (Mooresville, NC) -- Tommy Baldwin Racing and driver Steve Park are pleased to announce that they...
Tommy Baldwin Racing & Steve Park to Honor
Modified Series Champion Richie Evans
Asking Fans to Contribute to be a Part of the Legacy
May 27, 2010 (Mooresville, NC) -- Tommy Baldwin Racing and driver Steve Park are pleased to announce that they will be entering a fan sponsored, Richie Evans tribute car at the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona on July 3. The #36 Chevrolet will feature a throwback orange and black paint scheme with the fans' names sponsoring the car integrated into the design.
Richie Evans, "The King of Modified Racing", won eight consecutive Modified Championships from 1978 to 1985. In 1979, Evans posted 54 top-five finishes in 60 Modified races. From Quebec to Florida, Evans racked up more than 400 career victories. His achievements have been heralded by the International Motorsports Hall of Fame as, "One of the supreme accomplishments in motorsports."
"Richie Evans is one of the guys we all worked hard to beat and to be around," Baldwin said. "I always looked up to him."
Evans was fatally injured at the age of 44 during practice for the Winn-Dixie 500 Triple header at Martinsville Speedway in 1985. At the time of the accident he had already clinched the Winston Modified Tour championship, now known as the Whelen Modified Tour.
"I hope that this will be the first in a line of tributes to some of the best racers in the world who inspired me and many others - modified racers," Baldwin said.
Fan sponsors will choose from different tiers of sponsorship that range from $20 -$10,000 allowing them to actively participate in a memoriam of the greatest racers in the Modified Series, a junior league to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Each sponsorship package buys fans different levels of involvement, including everything from their name on the car, to pit passes, garage tours, and even featured placement on the hood of the car. Any contributions exceeding the total amount of $125,000 will be donated to the Victor Junction Gang Camp by TBR.
Two-time Sprint Cup Series winner Steve Park will drive the TBR machine in the Daytona race. This will be Park's first trip back to Daytona since he won the pole in 2003.
"I'm extremely honored to be driving a car that pays homage to one of the greatest race car drivers of all time," said Park. "Richie is respected by so many drivers and he really made his mark in this sport. This is a really neat way to get the fans involved while paying homage to one of the greats."