Sponsor Steps Up For Treadway
October 5, 2001 | 12:00 A.M. EST
No, he wasn’t injured or afraid to travel after the terrorist attacks on America on Sept. 11. Treadway’s reason for missing the Chevy 500 was a common one: His sponsor wasn’t making the trip, so he wasn’t, either.
Treadway, a rookie, gladly threw his plans out the window when Treadway-Hubbard Racing found a sponsor – Big Tex Trailers – for the No. 5 G Force-Aurora.
“We are excited and proud to have Big Tex on board for this race,” said Treadway, the 31-year-old son of owner Fred Treadway. “I'm really excited about my third IRL race. We weren't planning on running this race, but we were able to put it together.”
Rick Treadway competed in his first career IRNLS races at Kentucky and Chicagoland earlier this year. He finished 17th at Kentucky and 14th at Chicagoland after starting 15th for both races.
“Our goal was to just finish the first two races, and we were running a more conservative setup than my teammate, Felipe (Giaffone),” Treadway said. “I have to thank the entire Treadway-Hubbard team for their support and for working so hard to give me a great car.”
Treadway completed his IRNLS rookie test at Texas Motor Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval last season. That test coupled with his time on Chicagoland’s and Kentucky’s 1.5-mile ovals gives Treadway plenty of experience to draw on.
“I really can’t wait,” Treadway said. “It's a flat-out track. I've got a bunch of laps there, so hopefully that will pay off for the race.
“I still need more race seat time to get the hang of the restarts and pit stops and things like that, so I'm really happy to get the chance to run Texas.”
As its name suggests, Big Tex Trailers is a trailer manufacturer and related parts supplier based in Texas, so its participation in the season-ending race at Texas is a natural move for the company.
“We are excited to be sponsoring Treadway-Hubbard Racing and becoming a part of the Indy Racing League,” said Ricky Baker, Big Tex president and chief executive officer. “We consider our operations to be first class, so it would only be fitting for us to establish this relationship with such a first-class race team. We are looking forward to our first race in Texas this weekend.”
Like his fellow competitors, Treadway knows racing is on the backburner for most people, but he looks as this race as a brief escape for those dealing with the recent tragedy in the United States.
“We hope the fans will enjoy the race and take a brief departure from their grief,” he said.