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Press release: Phoenix Racing to support Andre Bauer's campaign for S.C. governor

Phoenix Racing

The premier NASCAR team in South Carolina, Phoenix Racing Inc. of Spartanburg, will support Andre Bauer’s campaign for governor by running his campaign logo at the Royal Purple 200 at Darlington Raceway this Friday night.

Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender James Buescher will drive the No. 1 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet wrapped with the Andre Bauer Republican for Governor logo.

"Phoenix Racing is a vital component of the NASCAR industry in South Carolina and I am very appreciative of the jobs and revenue they bring to our state and their support in my campaign," Bauer said. "The NASCAR industry generates an annual benefit of $54 million to South Carolina’s economy and we are very grateful for it."

"Phoenix Racing is proud to support Andre Bauer for Governor. He attended 14 races this past year and is persuading Sonic Automotive, a Fortune 500 Company and leader in NASCAR, to consider relocating their headquarters in South Carolina. Andre is by all means a true advocate for our industry," team owner James Finch said. "The unprecedented growth in NASCAR has provided Phoenix Racing with the resources to build a successful future in South Carolina and we are fortunate to have Andre Bauer on our side."

In 2008, Sports Illustrated conducted a poll asking NASCAR drivers if they are Republican, Democrat, or Independent and 58% responded Republican. Furthermore, The National Journal reports that a study finds NASCAR as one of the top three sports among Republicans.

"I attend over a dozen races across the country every year and have found NASCAR fans, drivers, and owners to be hard working Americans and I will always support an industry that values a hard day’s work," Bauer noted. "As a Republican running for Governor I will work tirelessly to bring new industries and jobs to South Carolina."

The Royal Purple 200 from Darlington Raceway will take the green flag this Friday, May 7th at 7:45 p.p. Eastern. Race coverage wil,be televised live on ESPN2, beginning at 7 p.m Eastern. In addition, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio (Channel 128) will have the live radio broadcast, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern.