FFA comes to Iowa with NASCAR driver Justin Allgaier

NASCAR driver Justin Allgaier will race in the heart of the midwest Sunday, in a state known for its agriculture. It’s fitting, perhaps, that FFA will be racing right alongside him.

Riding along on the right rear trunk panel of his No. 31 BRANDT Racing Chevrolet — just as it has since February — will be the FFA emblem thanks to a relationship that the National FFA Organization has bridged with his sponsor, BRANDT Consolidated, Inc. The car is a hard one to miss with a bright red-orange paint scheme.

BRANDT President and CEO Rick Brandt has directed his company to put an all-agriculture car on track in 2012 with goals to spotlight the hard work and dedication that powers agriculture.

“At Brandt, we are deeply committed to the future of agriculture. And, I am thrilled to have such an iconic, like-minded organization join our team for the 2012 season,” said Brandt. “Simply put, through its long history the FFA has shaped the future of agriculture: They transform students into industry leaders.”

Brandt is a former FFA member and understands the important role agriculture will play in the future — and how current and past FFA members will be a big part of that.

“If we can raise awareness of the contributions that FFA makes to agriculture and re-engage even one past member, we’ll have done good work with the Ag car.”

Allgaier, competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ Pioneer 250 (2 p.m. Sunday/ESPN), is already a two-time winner in the Nationwide Series and has four top-10 finishes this season with the FFA emblem on board. The Riverton, Ill., driver led 8 laps last week when NASCAR raced in Darlington, S.C., and finished 13th. Allgaier’s entire schedule is listed at the bottom of this post.

“I really enjoy the opportunity we have to be the featured race at Iowa this weekend,” Allgaier said. “It gives us guys that are series regulars the chance to showcase our talents and be the center of attention for the weekend to the great fans we have in Iowa. It is always so cool to go outside the track for an appearance and just see the cars lined up tailgating, and ready for short track racing.

For more on Justin and the Brandt Racing team, be sure to check out @BrandtRacing and @J_Allgaier on Twitter or visit the BRANDT Racing web site. If you’re heading to the Sunday’s race and want to meet Justin, be sure to check out the track autograph session Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Let us know if you do!

The FFA relationship with BRANDT Racing is one of three racing ventures that FFA is involved in, each with an aim of promoting FFA and agriculture as a whole. The others include Furniture Row Racing’s Farm American program with driver Regan Smith in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and former FFA members turned USAC and MustSeeRacing drivers Kody and Tanner Swanson.

Justin Allgaier — BRANDT Racing No. 31 2012 Schedule

No. / Date / Race / Time (ET)
10 – May 20 — Iowa 1:30 p.m.
11 – May 26 — Charlotte 2:30 p.m.
12 – June 2 — Dover 1:30 p.m.
13 – June 16 — Michigan 3:30 p.m.
14 – June 23 — Road America 3 p.m.
15 – June 29 — Kentucky 7 p.m.
16 – July 6 — Daytona 7 p.m.
17 – July 14 — Loudon 2:30 p.m.
18 – July 22 — Chicago 2 p.m.
19 – July 28 — Indianapolis 4 p.m.
20 – August 4 — Iowa 7:30 p.m.
21 – August 11 — Watkins Glen 2 p.m.
22 – August 18 — Montreal 2 p.m.
23 – August 24 — Bristol 7 p.m.
24 – September 1 — Atlanta 6:30 p.m.
25 – September 7 — Richmond 7 p.m.
26 – September 15 — Chicago 3 p.m.
27 – September 22 — Kentucky 3:30 p.m.
28 – September 29 — Dover 3 p.m.
29 – October 12 — Charlotte 7 p.m.
30 – October 20 — Kansas 3 p.m.
31 – November 3 — Texas 7 p.m.
32 – November 10 — Phoenix 3:30 p.m.
33 – November 17 — Homestead 4 p.m.

Author: geoffreymillerffa

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