The Marines from the 23rd Marine Regiment are based out of nearby San Bruno, CA. They received a “behind the scenes” tour of the pits and garage area, met with various NASCAR personalities, and were in Victory Lane at the race’s conclusion for photographs with winning driver Kurt Busch.
“This was just a small way for us to show our appreciation to our American military heroes,” said Ted Hughes, Manager Marketing, MAHLE Clevite, Inc. “We were excited to give these fine Marines ‘locker room’ access to our sport so they could get an up close and personal look at the drivers and crews, plus see a beautiful facility from a different perspective.”
The marines on hand included: Major Nathan Fenell (Colorado), Master Sergeant Shawn Stringham (Wyoming), Chief Hospital Corpsmen Kevin Avila (California) and Raul Valdez (California); Sergeants Harry Taylay (Missouri), Misael Garcia (California), Victor Perez (California), Timothy Hallisy (California), Jonathan Morris (Oregon), Robert Burke (Delaware); and Corporal Rory Roberts (California).
MAHLE Clevite’s dedication to the military parallels Infineon Raceway, which instituted programs “Tickets For Troops” and the “Sonoma Salutes Our Troops,” both putting the Armed Forces front-and-center at all of its motorsports events.
MAHLE Clevite is a longtime NASCAR Partner and sponsors the MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award, which hands out $100,000 at season’s end. As part of the program, a weekly check of $5,000 is given away in pre-race ceremonies at each Sprint Cup Series race.
For more information about MAHLE Clevite, visit www.mahleclevite.com, or contact your local representative.