The official announcement came last week on Friday, January 26, during the VIP cocktail party for numerous celebrities, sponsors and committee members at The Cordish Company Offices in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. Celebrities and well known people such as Mayor Barnes, George Brett, some of the Kansas City Chiefs football players, Indy Car driver Vitor Meira, Craftsman Truck Driver Terry Cook, Johnny Sauter and many other NASCAR drivers.
George Brett former
Bernard Pollard of KC Chiefs and Jason Curry using
the UbiDuo to communicate.
Terry Cook, NASCAR driver, and
Jason Curry with UbiDuo.
Greg Gunderson and Terry Cook, NASCAR
driver, communicate using the UbiDuo.
Greg Gunderson and NASCAR driver Johnny Sauter.
Metro Sports televised this historic racing event when Stan Tate, Public Relations director for the Kansas Speedway, made the official announcement to a large crowd of fans, football stars, celebrities, race car drivers, the mayor and several media crews who introduced Greg Gunderson to the crowd.
"The KS Speedway is working with Greg Gunderson and the UbiDuo to help Greg get to his dream to become the first deaf NASCAR driver
Stan was just about the most excited person he has ever been about the discovery of Greg Gunderson. This was done with the help of Jason Curry last week during a personal meeting with Stan while using the UbiDuo. After a few more meetings Stan Tate finally made the decision realizing that NASCAR needs a person like Greg Gunderson to help their image just like Danica Patrick helped the image of INDY racing by being the professional woman INDY driver which helped increased attendance and interest in the INDY racing. Greg Gunderson will be the perfect match for NASCAR improving it's image. Lots of opportunities for Kansas Speedway to help advertise Greg Gunderson and for him to become a household name once he hit's the professional NASCAR circuit racing. This is an extremely rare event to put a Deaf person in such a national spotlight soon by becoming a professional NASCAR race car driver.
Greg Gunderson on stage with Stan Tate making the announcement at the podium.
After Stan Tate made the announcement Greg Gunderson headed to "Autograph Row" to take a seat and sign autographs. Those autographs of Greg's after the historic announcement will no doubt be worth a lot of money in the future.
Greg Gunderson in "Autograph Row" with his UbiDuo to
communicate with passing fans.
It was the hours long worth of conversations using the UbiDuo between Stan, Greg Gunderson and Jason Curry, president of sComm and maker of UbiDuo, that inspired Stan Tate to decide to help Greg Gunderson to become the first Deaf NASCAR driver in the history of NASCAR.
This was a dream and a goal of Greg Gunderson that someday he would become the first Deaf NASCAR driver. It was last year that Greg mentioned his dream for The Kansas City Star newspaper . His dream is now fast becoming true.
Greg Gunderson has had over 400 races during his professional racing career mostly in the Sprint car races which takes place on a dirt track (read Greg Gunderson 3-part series interview). Although the NASCAR races take place on the asphalt and is considered as the king of professional racing, Greg will have to do at least a year of serious asphalt racing at either the ARCA racing series or ASA racing series to get enough experience and feel driving on an asphalt pavement. With his natural racing ability, this should not be a problem for Greg Gunderson.
All this was made possible with power of communication and independence through UbiDuo!
Jascon Curry, president of sComm and official UbiDuo sponsor for
Greg Gunderson, pose on the Kansas Speedway track last year.
Congrats to Greg Gunderson! And many, many thanks goes to Jason Curry, CEO/President of sComm, who helped made it possible for Greg to achieve his racing dreams. The above picture of the two on the Kansas Speedway is simply prophetic!
Be sure to watch here on Kokonut Pundits blog for more stories of Greg Gunderson with his UbiDuo as he tackles against the best NASCAR drivers in the very near future. Don't miss out on this historic racing event. The first Deaf NASCAR driver, Greg Gunderson.
For all past Kokonut Pundits blogs on Greg Gunderson go here.
UPDATE: Check out this first historical event ever to take place in the ARCA/NASCAR industry to bring the first deaf racing driver to the racing scene. See photos of this historic news.