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News   February 23, 2016   by Steve Pawlett

Final-Round Voting Now Open in $200,000 2016 ‘Search for a Champion’ Racing Sponsorship Contest


Voting is now open for the final round of the 2016 “Search for a Champion” racing sponsorship contest, which will award a record $200,000 (USD) in sponsorships and related prizes to grassroots drivers across North America. Finalists include 15 drivers in the Advanced category who will compete for a $50,000 (USD) Champion grand prize sponsorship, and 25 Amateur drivers vying for one $10,000 grand prize sponsorship from the iconic Champion brand. Champion spark plugs, filters and wipers are global vehicle components provided by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

Now in its fifth year, Search for a Champion enables grassroots drivers to compete for sponsorship cash and other prizes based on materials submitted for voter review. Entrants in the Advanced category were required to submit photos, a 300-word essay and a two-minute video describing why they deserve to become a member of #TeamChampion. In the Amateur category, participants were required to submit photos and an essay, with the option to enter a video. More than 119,000 votes were cast in the contest’s opening round.

Voting is open through March 23, 2016. Anyone may vote once per day per tier in the final round of competition by completing a free registration at Federal-Mogul Motorparts will announce the $50,000 and $10,000 grand prize winners March 30.

In addition, each voter in the Search for a Champion contest will automatically enter a drawing for one of 200 Champion prize packs that include a Champion hat, t-shirt and decals.

“The racing community has an incredibly strong connection to the Champion brand based not only on our continued product leadership, but also because Champion has always been a strong proponent of grassroots motorsports enthusiasts,” said Laura Soave, chief marketing and communications officer, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “This exciting annual contest builds on the brand’s heritage of helping millions of customers worldwide maximize the performance of their engines and vehicles and other equipment.”

In addition to the opportunity to compete for the $50,000 (USD) grand prize, each of the 15 finalists in the Advanced category will receive a $5,000 (USD) racing sponsorship. These finalists are:


Driver                         Racing Category                  Location

Tammy Wolf                Water/Snow                            Mulmur, Ont., Canada

Braison Bennett          Asphalt                                    Neenah, Wis.

Blaise Brinkley Asphalt                                    Sanford, N.C.

Kodie Conner              Asphalt                                    Kannapolis, N.C.

Luke Eggers                Asphalt                                    Crumpler, N.C.

Chris Ferguson           Dirt                                           Mount Holly, N.C.

A.J. Flick                      Dirt                                           Apollo, Pa.

Nick Gennusa              Dirt                                           Wall Township, N.J.

Cole Glasson               Asphalt                                    Rockwall, Texas

Alec Hohnadell            Asphalt                                    Destin, Fla.

Justin Hutto                 Asphalt                                    Spring, Texas

Derek Kraus                Asphalt                                    Stratford, Wis.

Crist Pittenger              Dirt                                           Bismarck, N.D.

Faith Schuch               Asphalt                                    Weidman, Mich.

Ryan Unzicker             Dirt                                           El Paso, Ill.

The 25 Amateur finalists will each receive a $1,000 (USD) sponsorship while moving on to the final round and a chance to win the $10,000 (USD) grand prize.



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1 Comment » for Final-Round Voting Now Open in $200,000 2016 ‘Search for a Champion’ Racing Sponsorship Contest
  1. Sean Greenwood says:

    This is so inspiring! Seeing how regular riders can get sponsorship is just cool. As a student myself, I know how important it is to get help with homework. It’s cool that in the world of motorsport there is a place for those who fight for their dreams. Good luck to all participants!

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