Alum takes ACU to NASCAR

Posted August 08, 2011 ACU's purple and white will make its first-ever appearance in a NASCAR Nationwide Series event Saturday, August 13 when Randy Hill Racing's Ford Mustang takes to the track in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Hill ('90) is giving ACU a one-time sponsorship in the r

Abilene Christian University’s purple and white will make its first-ever appearance in a NASCAR event this Saturday when Randy Hill Racing's Ford Mustang competes in the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

In an effort to bring awareness about the university, Hill ('90) has made ACU his team sponsor for the day. The university's logo will cover the No. 39 car's hood, and its Web address will extend across the rear bumper.

"Randy has given us a tremendous gift," says ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert. "He came to us with this idea a few weeks ago – that he wanted to wrap his car in purple for his team's debut in NASCAR Nationwide Series racing.  His creative generosity in donating this sponsorship to his alma mater will help spread the word about ACU to hundreds of thousands of television viewers."

Hill, an entrepreneur and avid racing fan, achieved a longstanding dream when he received his NASCAR team owner credentials in June.  His 19-year-old driver, Casey Roderick, recently competed in the last three Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Series events at Iowa Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway and Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with ACU for this one event," says Hill.  "The university's passion for bringing mobile learning to the next generation of student leaders parallels our desire to become a recognized leader in NASCAR for its newest generation of fans."

ESPN will televise the race live on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m. CST (Suddenlink channel 26; DirecTV channel 206; and DISH channel 140).

For more information, contact Grant Rampy at 325.660.8690.