Veteran ASA Driver Will Still Focus On ASA As First Priority
Joe Auer, co-owner of Competitive Edge Motorsports, hopes his driver, Mike Garvey, can create the same level of excitement for his new team in the upcoming NASCAR Busch Series race at Nashville Superspeedway that Auer did when he returned the opening kickoff for a 95-yard touchdown in the first game of the Miami Dolphins’ inaugural season in the AFL.
According to Auer, the excitement he felt when he raced down the field of the Orange Bowl in 1966 is already instilled in his team as it prepares for the Pepsi 300, slated for April 10.
“I provided some game-opening excitement, but we were not able to get a win out of it against Oakland,” said Auer, who was the Dolphins’ MVP that first season. “There is already a lot of adrenaline surrounding this team. I don’t need to return another opening kickoff for a touchdown to get this team excited. We have a lot of confidence in Mike and the cars we have. We expect a solid start for our new team in Nashville.”
Garvey, the Most Popular Driver in American Speed Association (ASA) last season, will drive a Chevrolet sponsored by NegotiationsSeminar.com. Auer founded the parent company, International Computer Negotiations (ICN) after retiring from professional football.
NegotiationsSeminar.com is testing the power of NASCAR with a marketing program focused exclusively on its sponsorship of Competitive Edge Motorsports. NegotiationsSeminar.com will host three workshops in 2004 that are designed for any person in a position to negotiate a deal, from a personal real estate transaction to an acquisition or merger.
Garvey is going to stay busy with ASA, Busch and Nextel Cup races in 2004. (51 Photo)
NegotiationsSeminar.com will be with Garvey and Competitive Edge for several Busch Series races, and it will also sponsor the team in several Nextel Cup races this season. The team has only announced its plans for the Nashville Busch Series race. Last season Garvey finished 26th in the Busch Series race at Phoenix International Raceway after a 17th-place start.
Garvey has competed in the ASA since 1988 and has
visited victory lane 17 times, including a series best four times in 2003. Garvey also has 19 Busch Series starts under his belt, one in 1993, 13 in 1994, one in 1995 and 1998, three in 1999 and last year’s start in Phoenix.
“I’ve been impressed with the way Joe and his partners have started this team,” Garvey said. “There is a strong commitment to fielding a future championship team, and there is a commitment to getting results for sponsors and partners. I don’t know what the NASCAR equivalent would be of returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown, but I would definitely like to do for Joe what he did for the Dolphins.”
The FX television network will broadcast the Pepsi 300 live April 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET. MRN affiliates will begin their radio broadcast at 3:45 p.m. ET.