Yeley will pilot the No. 36 Drive Sober. Arrive Alive DE Chevrolet
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (SEPTEMBER 19, 2012) – The Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS) will team up with Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) at Dover International Speedway Sunday, September 30 to remind NASCAR fans to ‘Drive Sober’ with a special paint scheme and a full weekend of activities. J.J. Yeley will pilot the No. 36 Drive Sober. Arrive Alive DE Chevrolet in the AAA 400.
The OHS is committed to developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy aimed at saving lives and preventing injuries on Delaware highways. The advertising program at Dover International Speedway is part of their education and outreach activities in the community to promote safe driving. The OHS chose to promote the ‘Drive Sober’ campaign during the race weekend because data shows that 81% of impaired drivers causing fatal crashes in Delaware are males, 36% of alcohol-related fatal accidents occur on Fridays and Saturdays, and fatalities in September doubled between 2010 and 2011.
Delaware conducts DUI checkpoints every weekend from July to December as part of Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign. The goal of Checkpoint Strikeforce is to stop impaired driving throughout Delaware. The OHS wants everyone to drive safe and Arrive Alive. Visit www.DUIrealtime.com for public information on the campaign.
“We know that for many NASCAR fans having an alcohol beverage is part of the race day experience,” said Alison Kirk, Community Relations Officer for OHS. “We want fans to enjoy the race and plan ahead by designating a sober driver before the race starts or have a plan on how to get home safely after the race.”
Yeley will pilot the No. 36 Drive Sober. Arrive Alive DE Chevrolet for TBR. The Phoenix, Ariz., native made 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and seven NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts at the mile track. He collected two top-10 finishes and two top-five starts in the NNS. He tallied a best NSCS start of 14th in the Spring 2006 event and a best NSCS finish of 24th in the Spring 2008 event. TBR made eight starts at Dover International Speedway. Dave Blaney posted the team’s best finish of 26th in the Spring 2011 event.
“We are happy to have the OHS on board for Dover and J.J. in the car,” said TBR Owner Tommy Baldwin. “The OHS is promoting a very important campaign in safe driving. They will have a good footprint at the track, including an exhibit where fans can drive tricycles while wearing impairment goggles. We love working with J.J. He is a good driver, and we are looking forward to what we can do together at Dover.”
Yeley will hit the track Friday, September 28 for practice. He will qualify the No. 36 Drive Sober. Arrive Alive DE Chevrolet on Saturday, September 29 for the AAA 400 on Sunday, September 30.
ABOUT DELAWARE OFFICE OF HIGHWAY SAFETY:
The Delaware Office of Highway Safety was established on July 19, 1968 by Executive Order 35. Although it is a state agency, the Office of Highway Safety (OHS) and its activities are primarily funded through federal grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The Office of Highway Safety is committed to improving the safety of Delaware’s motoring public by focusing on behavioral traffic safety issues such as impaired driving, seat belt use, aggressive driving, child passenger safety, pedestrian and bicycle safety, motorcycle safety and teen driving issues. As a Division of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, OHS like its sister agencies – the Delaware State Police, the Capitol Police, the Division of Alcohol, Tobacco Enforcement and DEMA – addresses public safety and driver behavior. Changes and improvements to infrastructure are the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation.
For more information, visit http://ohs.delaware.gov/.
ABOUT TOMMY BALDWIN RACING:
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Crew Chief Tommy Baldwin formed Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) in 2009. Baldwin utilized a declining economy to open a NSCS team with a stringent budget. The team worked to build to full-time competition, and by the 2011 season, the team’s third season, TBR competed in every race and locked the No. 36 Chevrolet in the top-35 in NSCS Owner Points. Dave Blaney drove the No. 36 Chevrolet to TBR’s highest finish of third in the October 2011 event at Talladega Superspeedway. TBR also fielded a second car for select races in the past two seasons with multiple drivers.
Based in Mooresville, N.C., TBR will compete in the NSCS in 2012 with NASCAR veterans David Reutimann and Dave Blaney. The team will also compete in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Ryan Blaney, Bobby Santos and Ryan Truex.
For more information on Tommy Baldwin Racing, visit tommybaldwinracing.com or follow us on Facebook, facebook.com/TBR.HBR, and Twitter, twitter.com/TBR_Racing.
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