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Blake Koch driver diary: Texas


Blake Koch, driver of the No. 24 car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for SR2 Motorsports, is writing a driver diary for NASCAR-Examiner.com throughout the 2013 race season. In his most recent diary entry, Koch talks about his new sponsor and looks ahead to Friday night’s race at Texas Motor Speedway.
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Man, so much is going on right now. This week at Texas, I’ve got Compassion International as a sponsor on my car. They’re a Christian child sponsorship organization dedicated to the long-term development of children living in poverty around the world. I’ve always said that I wanted my career in racing to make a difference. Of course I love driving and competing each week, but I want my career to be about more than that. I hope that my race program can somehow help out others, and this week at Texas is a perfect opportunity.

Compassion International is an amazing group and they’re helping provide children all over the world with food and shelter. I’m the father of an eight-month-old boy. I can’t imagine children his age not having their basic needs to survive. It truly breaks my heart. I definitely want to do what I can to help them out. If you do as well, we’ve got an easy way for you to get involved.

We’ve launched a website to help raise awareness for the cause. It’s www.Compassionracing.com. We’re aiming to get 2,400 kids sponsored. A sponsorship provides nutrition, healthcare and training, educational opportunities and assistance, social development, important life-skills training, as well as regular Christian training. It’s only $38 a month. This is everyone’s chance to get involved and join a great cause.

If you can’t tell, I’m really passionate about this. I know with your help, we can make a huge difference.

I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel this weekend. We’ve had a few weeks off. I’ve enjoyed the break, but I can’t wait to go racing. This weekend will be our first race at a 1.5-mile track since Las Vegas. We did pretty good at Vegas, finished 21st. We learned a lot that weekend and have made some adjustments to our package for this week. They aren’t huge changes, but I expect they’ll make a big difference.

It’s funny, Texas used to be known for having a smooth surface, and it was single-lane racing. Now it’s known for being really bumpy. Its surface is extra-rough and wears out your tires in just a few laps. The groove has widened out, too. All of those changes have made it a lot of fun to race there. Nobody likes playing following the leader, and I imagine the fans don’t like watching it, either. We’ll really have to pedal our cars this week if we want a good finish and I think there will be lots of side-by-side action. It should be a pretty awesome show. Not to mention, it’s a night race. Who doesn’t love a night race? Everything seems so much cooler under the lights. I could go on and on about Texas, but I hope that you tune in for an awesome show, and please, please, please check out CompassionRacing.com to see how you can help out an awesome cause.

-- Blake Koch