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Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted September 01, 2002 02:37 PM
I know this isn't really the right section for this question, but it seems noone posts the sponsorship section too often. I'm trying to get a car together. I'm a beggining driver, although I've spent most of my 23 year life around the track. Problem is, nobody seems to want to explain to me the best ways to go out and seek sponsorship (or marketing, "a little help", whatever you wanna call it). I'm on a very limited budget (newlywed and workin on a child), so I need lots of help with sponsors. My father was a local dirt track racer/flagger, but he paid out of pocket and due to major illness he's no longer able to offer me help, even answering my questions. My e-mail is thanks for any help anyone can give the new quy.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted September 04, 2002 12:10 PM
Well, I'm *Still* tryin' to figure that one out... When I started racing, I thought I'd have a foot in the door with potential sponsorships since I work in a Salvage -- but I've tried it all -- pictures, letters, flirting, offering to let 'em drive my car in the Mechanic's Race; but I have yet to find that "big-time sponsor." Last summer, I had an Electrician workin' on the lights in the shop -- he was interested in my car, looked it over, asked all kinds of questions, even wanted to sit in it -- I thought I might have a chance at a sponsor there, when I asked him if he was interested in Advertising, he said he'd sponsored a drag car a couple years back and "all it got 'em was more racers wantin' sponsorships."

The best thing I can tell ya is just make Friends, and they'll help when they can -- Our local butcher shop gave me a big handful of Orange T-shirts (with his Logo on the back) for the Pit Crew, one of the other Salvage Yards has their name painted on the Right Door of my car because they gave me the Door. It may not seem like much, but every little bit helps, especially when it's not so easy to find. It just seems like there are so few "hometown dirt racers" who hit it big in the area of sponsorships.

Hmmm... Maybe I should write a letter to Home Depot and see if I can catch 'em while they're mad at Tony Stewart -- I've got Orange 20's on my car, and I don't have near the bad attitude. Hee hee!

Best of Luck

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