LAKE PLACID Representatives of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project and the New York Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) in Lake Placid announced Monday that the third annual Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge, presented by Whelen Engineering, will return to the two-time Winter Olympic village Jan. 3-5, 2008 at the Olympic Sports Complex.
The event will feature NASCAR, NHRA, and celebrity drivers piloting specially-made bobsleds down Lake Placids icy chute in fun races geared to raise money for the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project. The previous races were televised on ESPN2 in 2006 and SPEED in 2007.
This initiative, started in 1992 by NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine, has built American-made bobsleds for United States athletes competing in the World Cup, World Championships and Olympic Winter Games.
The concept paid dividends with gold, silver and bronze medals in the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games, and scored again with silver in Torino, the first time that the USA Bobsled Team won Olympic medals since 1956. Currently, a new sled design is being created by Bodine and sled builder Bob Cuneo of Chassis Dynamics in Connecticut. It will be tested during national and international competitions leading up to the next Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010.
Current U.S. bobsled athletes Steve Holcomb and Shauna Rohbock have benefited immensely from this program. Holcomb is the 2007 two-man bobsled and combined bobsled World Cup Champion and finished second overall for the four-man bobsled World Cup. Rohbock, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist, finished the 2007 World Cup season in second place.
This event has provided great exposure for us into the NASCAR world, stated Bodine. With the NASCAR guys driving the sleds, it has really enhanced what we are trying to do. The participants have become great ambassadors for us. Many drivers talk to us about the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project and about supporting the mission of generating money for more research and development.