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Daytona International Speedway
Nationwide Series Driver Seeks to Win the Title While Declaring He is Second
DALLAS, February 18, 2013 - Blake Koch, No. 24 for SR2 Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will declare he is second during this weekend's DRIVE4COPD 300 with the help of his primary sponsor for the race, I am Second, a non-profit started to reach people from all walks of life and help them find hope, peace and fulfillment.
A longtime supporter of I am Second, in 2012, Koch joined fellow NASCAR drivers Trevor Bayne, Michael McDowell, David Starr, Justin Allegaier, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and veteran Darrell Waltrip in shooting a special short film for iamsecond.com. In the film, each driver shared his personal stories of trials and triumph, victory and defeats, and desperation and transformation on the racetrack. It can be see at http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/nascar-drivers/.
"As someone who puts God and others above himself, Blake embodies what it means to be second," said John Humphrey, project manager for I am Second. "We are honored that he invited us to support him as a Daytona 500 primary sponsor and are excited to share the message of being second at NASCAR's biggest race."
Koch has created a major fan base in both the NASCAR and faith-based community over the past three years. In 2009, with only 20 amateur races under his belt, he was recruited by Steve Portenga to join as the primary driver for the Richard Childress Driver development team in the NASCAR Camping World West Division. Koch achieved an impressive top 10 finish in his rookie year.
In 2011, after only three short years, Koch went full-time into the NASCAR Nationwide Series. He has earned five top 25 finishes in his first 10 career Nationwide Series races, an accomplishment only achieved by an elite group of three others - Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Koch completed 32 Nationwide Races in 2011 and finished 18th in points as well as "Runner Up" Rookie of the year. For additional information about Koch, visit http://www.blakekoch.com.
I am Second presents true stories of ordinary people and celebrities who deal with a variety of personal struggles including abuse, addictions, eating disorders, pride, broken families and the search for success and the meaning of life.
Athletes, actors, models, musicians, pastors, politicians and many more have stepped forward, looked in the camera and proclaimed, "I am Second." But most in the iamsecond.com movement are ordinary people with stories of personal struggle and transformation.
Launched in Dallas-Fort Worth four years ago, iamsecond.com website and films have reached 25 million people from 219 countries/regions. For more information, visit http://www.iamsecond.com.