USA Bobsled and Skeleton

Dec 31 U.S. Bobsled National Championships and 4th Annual Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge

Dec. 31, 2008, 11:32 a.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager

(518) 523-1842, ext 106, abird@usbsf.com

 

For Immediate Release

December 31, 2008

 

U.S. Bobsled National Championships and 4th Annual Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge

 

Lake Placid, N.Y.–The U.S. Bobsled National Championships will be held in conjunction with the 4th Annual Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge in Lake Placid, N.Y. from Jan. 3-4. 

 

The U.S. National Bobsled Championships will be held as a four-heat competition over two days of racing.  Athletes named U.S. National Champion will qualify as the third and final U.S. sled in the 2009 World Championships, which will be held in Lake Placid from Feb. 20- March 1. 

 

NASCAR and NHRA drivers will pilot modified bobsleds in the 4th Annual Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge down the course in two races as a fundraiser for the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project.  The first race will consist of two heats, with the winner determined by the sled with the lowest combined time.  NASCAR and NHRA drivers will go head-to-head in the second competition, with the winner of each division squaring off in the final heat. 

 

Daytona 500 winner Geoff Bodine created the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc., in 1992 to build American-made sleds for U.S. athletes.  U.S. pilot Steven Holcomb will test new sled designs created by designer Bob Cuneo from Chassis Dynamics over the next several weeks leading up to the World Championships.

 

The schedule is as follows, with all times listed in EST:

 

Saturday, Jan. 3

9:00-11:30 am:  Bodine Bobsled Challenge Practice Session

1:00 pm: Women’s Bobsled Race Heat 1

1:15 pm: Bodine Bobsled Practice

1:45 pm:  Women’s Bobsled Race Heat 2

2:00 pm:  Bodine Bobsled Practice

2:30 pm:  Men’s 2-man Bobsled Race Heat 1

3:00 pm: Bodine Bobsled Practice

3:30 pm:  Men’s 2-man Bobsled Race Heat 2

4:00 pm: Bodine Bobsled Practice

 

Sunday, Jan. 4

8:00 am: Fan Zone (Drivers will be available for photos and autographs)

9:00 am:  Women’s Bobsled Race Heat 3

9:45 am:  Women’s Bobsled Race Heat 4

10:00 am: Bodine Bobsled Challenge Race Heat 1

10:45 am: Bodine Bobsled Challenge Race Heat 2

12:15 pm: Men’s 2-man Bobsled Race Heat 3

1:00 pm: Men’s 2-man Bobsled Race Heat 4

1:45 pm: Bodine Bobsled Challenge Race 2

 

For more information about the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project and a complete list of drivers participating in the 4th Annual Whelen Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge, please visit http://bodynbobsled.com.

 

For additional information, please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Manager, at (518) 523-1842, ext. 106, orabird@usbsf.com. 

 

About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation

The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USBSF would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: Allianz Life, Vilter Manufacturing, KBC Helmets, Luminox Watch Company, ULU Boots and Ferris Mfg. Corp. The USBSF would also like to thank the following sponsors and suppliers for their partner, the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project:  Whelen Engineering, PPG, Columbia Sportswear, JEGS Automotive, Lucas Oil, Mac Tools, EXA, Lumber Liquidators, Lincoln Electronics and Racing Electronics.  For more information, please visit the USBSF website athttp://bobsled.teamusa.org.

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