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.
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