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GGRT and Self carry Childress Institute sponsorship into Phoenix AVONDALE, AZ (11-13-10) -- The Richard Childress Racing supported Golden Gate Racing Team and Utah's Michael Self are ready to get back on track in a very prestigious fashion for...

GGRT and Self carry Childress Institute sponsorship into Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ (11-13-10) -- The Richard Childress Racing supported Golden Gate Racing Team and Utah's Michael Self are ready to get back on track in a very prestigious fashion for the final event of the 2010 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. As he heads to the one mile Phoenix International Raceway on November 13th, Self will pilot the competitive RCR/GGRT #21 Chevrolet that will carry the title sponsorship of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Center.

"We are really excited about this race and honored to carry the sponsorship of the Richard Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma on the #21," said team owner Jim Offenbach. "My wife Patti and I have a very special place in our heart for the Institute and the importance to raise awareness for its cause."

In 2008 Richard and Judy Childress teamed with the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina for what will one day become the nation's most comprehensive institute for pediatric trauma. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma will focus on key areas in treatment, education and training, research and prevention of pediatric trauma. At this time the Institute is in the development stages following the early support of the Childress family and Richard Childress Racing.

In addition to the Childress Institute, the RCR/GGRT #21 Chevrolet will carry the continued support of Bay Bio Diesel in the 3 Amigos Tequila 125 on the big one mile track at Phoenix. The team will also field a second car with North Carolina's Ty Dillon joining the team. For Self, the upcoming event couldn't come sooner for so many different reasons.

"I couldn't be more excited for Phoenix. I don't think I've been this pumped for a west race for this whole year," said Self who will make his second start with the team. "I'm really excited about representing the Childress Institute and to meet Richard Childress in person. He is one of the most well known names in motor sports that I've been aware of since I first started watching racing when I was a little kid. So in a way he is an icon to me. Being in the presence of someone so influential and knowing that he is keeping his eye on me and I am running his equipment is unreal. It's really an honor to carry this special sponsorship."

In addition to the sponsorship announcement, Self is excited about Dillon joining the team for the event. While he has never met the 19-year-old driver that competes in the east campaign, Self has followed his success and is well aware what he brings to the Golden Gate Racing Team.

"Working alongside and racing against Ty Dillon is going to be a whole new experience for me. I'm really looking forward to it," said Self. "He's an incredible driver from what I have seen and read about and has a lot more time in these cars than I do, so I'm hoping to absorb everything I can from him and get as much knowledge out of the weekend as possible. Hopefully I can give him a run and we will be in the same league when the time comes."

Self is currently 8th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West championship standings. He made his debut with the Golden Gate Racing Team in Roseville last month after moving over from Motorway Motorsports. In the Roseville event, Self illustrated his talent and his drive to the team. After qualifying third he made a competitive run in an event that saw a good share of trading paint and incidents. In the end, Self claimed 12th and made his impression on the entire team. Now, they take their new relationship to the big track.

"We were really strong when I raced in Phoenix earlier this year with my previous team so I am looking forward to getting back on track in the #21 Chevrolet and try to improve on my previous run. The track is definitely one of the most fun tracks we race at. It's really fast and gives a lot of room to race so it's a fun change from all the short tracks we've been on lately. I know the team is working hard and everyone is ready to go and prove to every team at the track that we're serious and ready to take on any challenge."

Just as Self is excited to perform well in the eyes of Childress, the Sprint Cup team owners and President of Richard Childress Racing is looking forward to Phoenix as well. The event marks one of the few on the tour where he can be present with the Golden Gate Racing Team as he watches Self and his grandson Ty Dillon in competition together.

"We at RCR are excited to watch Ty Dillon and Michael Self race together in Phoenix with the GGRT/RCR driver development program," said Richard Childress. Childress has been involved with Offenbach's Golden Gate Racing Team since 1989 and the duo has seen numerous drivers advance through their efforts including top names like Mike Skinner, Jay Sauter, Mike Dillon, Tim McCreadie, Austin Dillon and Dave Mayhew along with last week's top sprint car finishers Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick and more.

"We will surely see some very exciting racing with Michael and my youngest Grandson, Ty, racing together. This will be a good challenge for both of these drivers to showcase their talent. I will have the pleasure of watching them in company of all the members of the Golden Gate Racing Team as they look to make a successful run in Phoenix."

Entering the Phoenix event, Self is eighth in the current NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Standings. He has one top five finish and four top ten finishes in 11 starts and is a contender for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. The Golden Gate Racing Team is currently ranked 10th in the car owner standings after starting in 10 of the 11 events overall in the season.

"We have two great drivers and this team is very strong heading into Phoenix," added Offenbach. "I am confident that both cars are going to do very well and we are all looking forward to a great weekend for RCR and the Golden Gate Racing Team as we close the season and set our sights on 2011."

-source: ggrt

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Drivers Mike Skinner , Kevin Harvick , Clint Bowyer , Tim McCreadie , Austin Dillon , Michael Self , Ty Dillon
Teams Richard Childress Racing