JOLIET, Ill. – The 2017 Hurricane season has been brutal for the United States and even though ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver Codie Rohrbaugh lives in Petersburg, WV, it didn’t stop him from giving back.
While his team was readily preparing his No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet for Thursday night’s SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland Speedway, Rohrbaugh was overseeing two semi-tractors loaded with water that Rohrbaugh donated to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.
The shipments arrived in Texas this past Friday and will be distributed to victims by local officials throughout the week.
Grant County Mulch, Inc. provided the trucks and drivers. M&M Transportation provided the trailers. Peggy Bobo-Alt, director of Grant County 911, contacted the W.V. office of Homeland Security who then referred her to the Texas office of Homeland Security.
Pastor and police officer, Bubba Sheffield of Woodville, Texas in Tyler County became the on-site direct contact. Over eight thousand-gallon jugs were delivered on Friday, September 8 to Woodville, Texas.
“It felt really good to do something great for the people of Texas,” said Rohrbaugh. “We’re a long way away from Texas, but we wanted to do what we can to help with the relief effort. Some people lost everything and I’m blessed to be able to go race a stock car at Chicagoland Speedway this week. It was the right thing to do.”
Rohrbaugh says that his Grant County Mulch Racing team will likely do something for those suffering from the effects of Hurricane Irma who pounded the state of Florida this past weekend, but will have to wait to get back from Chicagoland before deciding what way his team can help.
“We already had our Texas planned lined out when Hurricane Irma started to form it final path,” explained Rohrbaugh. “We’ll find something to do though. Those people need our help too, we’ll just have to wait a week or so before we can figure out what’s appropriate.”
Keeping Texans in his thoughts and prayers, Rohrbaugh’s partner Grant County Mulch has donated its hood for the 100-lap race Thursday night which will adorn the Texas state flag with the message “Prayers for Texas.”
“I can’t thank Grant County Mulch for allowing us the opportunity to carry the Texas message for this week’s ARCA race,” Rohrbaugh added. “The car looks great with the logo and I’m hoping that we can contend for a good finish under the lights in my Chicago debut.”
Returning to the tour for the sixth time this season and the first time since Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in late July, Rohrbaugh says his team plans to run the remaining three ARCA races this season and a good finish in the SCOTT 150 will give them a great boost.
“I’ve never been to Chicagoland, but we’re not too concerned,” he said. “We’ve been able to come out swinging and have pretty competitive cars this year. I think Chicago is going to be a really competitive race, so we just need to make sure we race our race and hope it brings our second top-10 finish of the season.”
CR7 and Grant County Mulch, Inc. will be receiving donations beginning Monday, September 11 from 8am – 4pm Monday through Friday until there are enough donations to fill a trailer.
At this time, they are asking for nonperishable foods, bottled water, cleaning supplies, diapers, formula, baby food, toiletries and first aid supplies. No clothing being taken at this time. If you have any questions please call GCM at 800.749.7451.
In 13 previous NKNPSE starts, the 23-year-old has a best finish of ninth at Stafford (CT.) Motor Speedway in August 2015. A ninth-place qualifying effort at Bristol Motor Speedway in April 2015 is his best time trials effort to date.
In six ARCA starts, he has a best finish of eighth at Michigan International Speedway (June 2017) after starting a career-best eighth at the same 2.0-mile speedway.
Marketing partnership opportunities are available for the No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet for the 2017 and 2018 ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East seasons and beyond. Interested inquiries are encouraged to contact email@example.com.
The SCOTT 150 (100 laps / 150 miles) is the 18th of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs., Sept. 14 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:35 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later shortly after 7:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the week’s activities. All times are local (CT).