The winner of Friday night’s North American Championship of the 2010 IRWIN Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge will be the race’s Grand Marshal, and will give the famous command, “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines.”
The IRWIN Tools Ultimate Tradesman Challenge, a skill-based competition that has travelled across the U.S. and Canada for more than 50 events, challenges professional tradesmen to perform a series of precise tasks such as gripping, sawing, marking, clamping and drilling in a race against the clock. A total of 23 local competitors won an all-expenses-paid trip to Bristol, in addition to an IRWIN tool bag packed with IRWIN tools and genuine Cat footwear, to compete in the North American Championship of the Ultimate Tradesman Challenge on Friday.
In addition to having the opportunity to say NASCAR’s most famous words prior to the start of the race, the 2010 North American Champion will win a year’s supply of Cat footwear and a custom IRWIN Tools Mustang GT Premium Pace Car the official pace car of the IRWIN Tools Night Race. He will also advance to the World Finals in March of 2011, again at Bristol Motor Speedway, where six tradesmen from around the world will compete to become the Worldwide IRWIN Tools Ultimate Tradesman. The tradesman with the top time will win the grand prize a chance to win $1 MILLION!
“The Ultimate Tradesman Challenge is all about IRWIN’s passion for the professional tradesman,” said Curt Rahilly, VP of Marketing for IRWIN Tools. “IRWIN is serious about celebrating tradesmen who do their jobs each and every day, always reaching for greatness in all that they do. These are the men and women who build our dreams. They build life with their hands. And they keep the world running, when the things we depend on break down. For some people, it’s just a job… a means to an end. But for professional tradesmen, it’s often a calling. And it’s not just about doing their work. It’s about doing their life’s work,” Rahilly emphasized.
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