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Santorum for President Campaign Sponsors
Front Row Motorsports for Daytona 500


Republican Candidate Appeals to Millions Watching Great American Race


Statesville, N.C. (February 25, 2012) - The Rick Santorum for President campaign will sponsor Front Row Motorsports' No. 26 Ford Fusion for the Daytona 500, looking to reach potential voters among the millions of fans tuning in to the Great American Race.  Veteran driver Tony Raines will be behind the wheel of the No. 26 entry after qualifying on speed for the starting field last Sunday in the feel-good, underdog story of the day.  

The Republican candidate's campaign messaging will be on the hood and quarter panels of Raines' Ford Fusion for Sunday's season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at the 2.5-mile superspeedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.  The former U.S. Senator looks to draw more attention to his "Made-in-the-USA" platform as he heads into the February 28 Michigan primary election.

"NASCAR and the Daytona 500 are about as American as you can get - and it's great to have my campaign represented by one of these incredible machines," said Santorum.  "The race weekend is a wonderful tradition that we're excited to be a part of as we spread our message.  I like how Tony Raines turned some heads last weekend with his qualifying run and we'd like to keep turning heads, too.  I think we're both looking for a win in the end."

With the Santorum campaign coming aboard the No. 26 Ford, Front Row Motorsports will have three sponsored entries in Sunday's Daytona 500.

"We're glad to partner with the Santorum campaign," said team owner Bob Jenkins.  "We know there will be millions of eyes on these cars on Sunday and we know we can help get their message out.  It's a pretty tight battle for the Republican nomination right now, and the former Senator is right in the thick of it.  We hope we're in the thick of it come Sunday out on the racetrack, too."  

Sunday's Daytona 500 will air nationwide on FOX, with coverage beginning at noon (ET).

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About Front Row Motorsports:

Front Row Motorsports is a Statesville, N.C.-based race team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Formed in 2005 by restaurant and transportation entrepreneur Bob Jenkins, the team has competed in NASCAR racing in each year since its inception, expanding full-time to the premier Sprint Cup Series in 2009. The team partners with ModSpace, Maximum Human Performance, Scorpion Coatings, Ford Racing and Roush-Yates Racing Engines to field the No. 34 Ford driven by David Ragan and the No. 38 Ford driven by David Gilliland.  For sponsorship inquiries contact Robin Johnson, Chief Marketing Officer, at (704) 904-4347.

Front Row Motorsports Contact:

Office: 704-766-9063
Cell:  704-200-1779 

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