New Sponsor for Gunselman team brings a new twist for NASCAR fans

By Joe Dunn

The economy has put limits on the big NASCAR Sprint Cup Teams as sponsor dollars are slowing. For the small ‘underfunded’ teams it is even a harder thing to deal with, so they have to be more creative and offer more options to make sponsor dollars go farther.

Gunselman Motorsports, who operate the No. 64 Toyota with veteran driver Mike Wallace is one of those teams that often has to settle for single race sponsors. So you can imagine their excitement when they landed such a one race deal for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway on August 2. In addition to generating exposure for the sponsor on the racecar in hopes of some TV time, they have engineered a plan to involve any and all NASCAR fans directly with the sponsor through an online contest.

The new sponsor is Air Combat USA based out of Fullerton, Ca., Established in 1988, Air Combat USA is the ORIGINAL civilian dog fighting school in the world. They are the innovators of air combat training for civilians, and set the standard for program design and execution, offering a fighter pilot experience second to none. Guest pilots fly real military fighters with licensed fighter pilots in the cockpit with them. All aircraft are outfitted with high-end digital multi-camera systems to capture your fighter pilot experience. No pilot’s license is required for the guest.

NASCAR fans who visit website will be able to register for a chance to win one of two FREE flight programs. Although based out of California, Air Combat offers the program at 30 locations across America. Winners can chose to take the program at any these locations when the squadron is scheduled.

According to team owner, Larry Gunselman , “Our team is excited to have Air Combat USA on board for Pocono. I am a big fan of planes and I know fans will be excited about this offer. The Air Combat Mission is an opportunity of a lifetime, a lucky chance to become a Fighter Pilot For A Day.” The registration deadline is Friday, August 7, 2009. Two winners will be notified on Monday, August 10, 2009.