“Chad Boat to make NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with New Sponsorship”
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 11, 2014) – Billy Boat Motorsports (BBM) announced today a partnership with Keen Parts, through their www.corvetteparts.net brand, for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 22nd. Keen Parts will serve as an Associate Sponsor for the No. 84 Chevrolet Camaro as 21-year-old driver Chad Boat makes his NNS debut.
“We’re excited to have Keen Parts onboard for Daytona,” said team owner Billy Boat. “They have been in the sport for a few years, so we feel very fortunate to partner with a company like Keen Parts as our program continues to expand. The team has been working really hard to prepare for this upcoming season and the Daytona test showed that the No. 84 will be competitive.”
Keen Parts will also work with Billy Boat Performance Exhaust to develop and distribute stainless steel exhaust systems for the C1, C2, and C3 Corvette, in addition to a new line of exhaust for the Corvette “RestoMod” conversions.
“Keen Parts covers all your Corvette part needs whether it is for a ’58 or the new C7, and we are proud to have them as a preferred distributor,” added Billy. “This is an exciting partnership and we look forward to doing more races with them in 2014.”
NASCAR approved Chad Boat to participate in the NNS season-opener after a strong Preseason Thunder test session at the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway where the No. 84 Chevrolet topped the speed charts during the final day of testing.
“The guys have worked really hard to build a new car for Daytona and it showed with the speed we had at Preseason Thunder,” stated Chad Boat. “The No. 84 Chevrolet felt really good during the test and we proved that we can run up front with the multi-car teams. I am thankful for this opportunity and all the hard work everyone has put into this program to get ready for the season.”
The NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 and will be broadcast live at 1:15 p.m. EST on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with MRN.
About Keen Parts: Keen Parts Inc. is a Corvette Restoration Parts company based out of Cleves, Ohio. The company boasts an inventory of more than 18,000 parts and accessories for Corvette models ranging from 1953 to today. To learn more about the company, visit www.KeenParts.com. Interact with the company by following @KeenParts on Twitter and liking Keen Parts on Facebook.
About Billy Boat Motorsports: With over 40 years in the motorsports industry, either behind the wheel, in the pits or behind the desk, Billy Boat has left his mark in the history books. After setting USAC records and racing in seven Indianapolis 500 events (including winning the pole in 1998), he has now turned his attention to NASCAR team ownership. Founded in 2001, Boat partnered with Mike Curb and Cary Agajanian to field an Indy car in the Indy Racing league from 2001 to 2003 which transitioned into fielding cars for Boat’s son – Chad – finding victory lane over 125 times in cars from quarter midgets to sprint cars, and now in the NASCAR ranks. Billy Boat Motorsports is a top-tier, championship-winning team looking to grow in the NASCAR industry.