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Ford Championship Weekend Artist Erwin Dazelle

NASCAR racing is a sport of many time-tested traditions. Collecting motorsports memorabilia and event programs are also treasured customs. Homestead-Miami Speedway named internationally acclaimed French artist Erwin Dazelle as the Official Program Artist for the 2011 Ford Championship Weekend.

Dazelle’s NASCAR program cover for Ford Championship Weekend, set for November 18-20, depicts two-time Ford 400 winner Carl Edwards’ No. 99 Ford Fusion racing towards the finish line in the Ford 400. The artwork also includes the three championship trophies that will be presented to the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series champions during Ford Championship Weekend.

“Miami is a vibrant and colorful city,” said Matthew Becherer, Homestead-Miami Speedway Track President. “We want our 10-year commemorative program to be a collector’s item, and Erwin’s work fits our vision.”

Erwin Dazelle, from Bayonne, France is becoming one of the top-artists in the high-end motorsports industry. Among other major projects, Dazelle was the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex 24 at Daytona and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 program cover artist as well as the California Central Coast Wine Country artist of the year. In addition to auto racing, Dazelle’s favorite themes are wine, super heroes and sports. He is a multi-talented artist who currently masters stained glass, steel sculpture, and painting. He began painting professionally in 1996 and after exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States; he is aiming for a successful international career.

“I am very excited to have been selected by Homestead-Miami Speedway to design the program cover for one of the most important races of the 2011 Sprint Cup season,” announced Erwin Dazelle. “Following the cover of the 2010 Brickyard 400, this is my second NASCAR Sprint Cup program cover. I really wanted to be involved with Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway since I have been there several times and Miami is one of my favorite places in the U.S. It was a pleasure to work with Homestead-Miami Speedway and we came up with exciting artwork that will delight the fans during the Sprint Cup Chase finale,” said Dazelle.

Dazelle will be in attendance for this year’s Ford Championship Weekend and available to meet fans at the track. The original program cover artwork will be exhibited at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the event.

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