As Yogi Berra said, “It’s like déjà-vu all over again”. Menards ARCA series driver Ed Pompa will be returning to competition at Talladega Superspeedway on April 26. He will (again) be piloting a Clemson Tigers tribute car, in honor of the 2018 National Football Champions.
Flashback to 2017, when Ed raced a Clemson Tigers tribute car at both Daytona and Talladega, after Clemson won the 2016 National Football Championship. “My son is a 2012 Clemson graduate, so I decided to do a tribute car. In 2017, the Clemson car received amazing response from the fans. Alabama fans at Talladega weren’t quite as supportive, as would be expected, but we definitely got their attention! This January, when Clemson defeated Alabama to win the National Football Championship, I knew I had to do this again. No doubt about it. I texted Andy (Hillenburg) the day after the game and let him know my plan. Andy already had 3 drivers lined up for Daytona this year, so I decided to wait until Talladega to debut the ‘Clemson car’, and have tried to keep it under wraps until now, working out all the details.”
“Frontline Designs has done a phenomenal job with the design. When I contacted Rick from Frontline about doing a Clemson tribute car, he jumped at the opportunity. He’s a Clemson fan also. Rick’s first design was absolutely incredible. IMGCL, which handles collegiate licensing rights for Clemson, said due to licensing and copyright rules we couldn’t use it, so Rick went back to work and came up with the current design. IMGCL has granted me a licensing agreement to use the design, and Lionel has already contacted me about the possibility of doing die-casts.”
“I would love to get Clemson fans, alumni, students, etc. involved in this project. The more Clemson supporters behind this, the better. I have proposed an idea to get the names of Clemson fans, etc., on the hood and trunk of the race car. If I can get enough people involved, after the July Pocono race, I will donate the hood and trunk to Clemson, so they can be auctioned off for the benefit of the Clemson Foundation. In 2017, I couldn’t believe the number of Clemson fans at Talladega. The current plan is to race this Clemson tribute car at Talladega, then both Pocono races this year. I have to survive Talladega first, though.”
On Thursday morning, Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track Racing will be unloading the ‘Green Renewable Inc – Double H Ranch – Clemson Tigers’ Chevrolet at Talladega Superspeedway for Ed. “I have a new primary sponsor on board for Talladega”, says Ed. “Green Renewable Inc, and their subsidiary, Finger Lakes Mulch and Soil, with their Beck’s Garden Perfect line of bagged products, join my regular returning sponsors, Milwaukee Crusher Co, Pompa Bros Inc, Burt Crane, Turn One Condos, T-Shirt Graphics, and Barb & Jay Biondi. They are helping support The Double H Ranch through racing sponsorships. A huge ‘thank you’ to these people for believing in the mission of the Double H Ranch. Special thanks to my wife, Nancy. This wouldn’t be possible without her support.”
About Green Renewable Inc
Green Renewable Inc. is a company dedicated to environmentally responsible and eco-friendly products. They own and operate facilities in Berlin, Watervliet, Colonie and Manchester, NY, as well as Genesee, PA, that comply with Department of Environmental Conservation guidelines. Primarily focused on larger wholesale markets, their bulk and packaged products include lawn, garden & specialty soils, natural and color-enhanced mulch, landscape and decorative stone, kiln dried firewood, animal bedding & wood shavings. Green Renewable Inc. has a sister company dedicated to the smaller wholesale market. Finger Lakes Mulch & Soil, and their brand of bagged products, Beck’s Garden Perfect are available at local garden centers and retailers across the East coast. These businesses are all part of the Gallivan Companies. Visit http://www.greenrenewableinc.com as well as http://www.fingerlakesmulchandsoil.com and http://www.fingerlakesmulchandsoil.com/bagged/becks-garden-perfect-soils to learn more about the variety of products and services these companies have to offer and the people behind them.
About the Double H Ranch
The Double H Ranch, located in New York’s Adirondack Park, is a demonstration of the commitment and generosity of philanthropist Charles R. Wood and actor Paul Newman. Since the Double H officially opened its doors on July 4, 1993, it has served over 60,000 children dealing with life-threatening illnesses from around the world. It was the second “Hole in the Wall Camp” in what has become a worldwide network of not-for-profit recreational and therapeutic experiences for children with serious illness. Visit http://www.doublehranch.org
The Double H Ranch is located in Lake Luzerne, New York. The facility resides on 320 acres of land with waterfront access to Lake Vanare. Facilities include camper cabins that are able to accommodate 126 campers, staff cabins that are able to accommodate a total of 125 staff members and volunteer cabins that are able to accommodate 50 volunteers. Program areas include an indoor and outdoor pool, a high ropes course, archery, horseback riding and pasture, picnic pavilion, stage area, dining hall, Arts & Crafts building/ski chalet, and various other outdoor spaces used for recreational play and opportunities to explore nature.
For details on how Clemson fans can get their name on the hood of the ‘Clemson car’ or how to become a sponsor, and help make a difference in the lives of children at the Double H Ranch, contact driver Ed Pompa by e-mail @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference ‘Clemson car’ or ‘Racing for the Ranch’ in the subject line.