Lake Placid, N.Y. – NASCAR, NHRA and other celebrity drivers flocked to Lake Placid, N.Y., for the Fifth Annual Lucas Oil Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge presented by Whelen Engineering. This event, held Jan. 8-10, will air on SPEED on Jan. 24 and 31. It is designed to raise money and awareness for the U.S. bobsled team, which is just a month away from competing at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.
Melanie Troxel, an NHRA driver with Top Fuel, Funny Car and Top Alcohol Dragster wins, defeated fellow NHRA driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. by just .07 of a second to win one of the two morning circuits. The second was won by Joey Logano, NASCAR Rookie of the Year. The two went head-to-head in the afternoon with Logano beating Troxel by .27 of a second with a time of 49.81.
At this year’s event, the 10 competing drivers were backed up by Army National Guard reservists who acted as their brakemen.
The Bodine Bobsled Challenge is the brainchild of NASCAR veteran driver Geoff Bodine, who teamed up with NASCAR fabricator Bob Cuneo of Chassis Dynamics to form the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project in 1992. Bo-Dyn, a non-profit group, is committed to researching, developing, and manufacturing bobsled technology to specifically make the U.S. team more successful in competition.
Bo-Dyn supplies American-made sleds, designed with NASCAR-derived fabrication technology, to the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation World Championship and Olympic teams. Since the switch from previous sleds provided by European suppliers, the U.S. team has garnered a growing collection of medals in World Cup, World Championship and Olympic competitions.
Lincoln Electric has been an active sponsor of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project since 2002. Its welders are used to fabricate all of the organization’s bobsleds for the U.S. team, including the bobsled used by the U.S. four-man team that won the World Championships in 2009. Bo-Dyn supplied all of the sleds to be used by the U.S. Olympic teams competing at the Whistler Sliding Center near Vancouver, B.C. in Canada, the site of the bobsled competition in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
At this year’s Challenge event, Lincoln also threw its support behind the project with a company-branded bobsled featuring a motif from one of the company’s welding helmets. The rest of the bobsleds feature Lincoln sponsorship insignia.
Fans can watch all of the action of the Fifth Annual Lucas Oil Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge presented by Whelen Engineering, including the Lincoln Electric sled, on Jan. 24 and 31 when it airs on SPEED.
Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 38 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 18 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries.