FORD ECOBOOST 400 WINNER TO RECEIVE CONTENDER BOAT

Race Winner Takes Home a Contender Boat

The winner of the Ford EcoBoost 400 will receive a bay boat built by Homestead-based Contender Boats. This year's boat comes with a wrap designed by world famous artist Guy Harvey (photo courtesy: Chris Green, Homestead-Miami Speedway)

Homestead-Miami Speedway is again giving away a uniquely South Florida “trophy” to its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 race winner.  It’s a Bay Boat, built by Homestead-based Contender Boats.  The high-performance boat features a twin stepped hull design, a first in the industry for inshore boats. Powered with a 250 horsepower Yamaha four stroke engine, the winner will be able to carry their love for speed to the water.

New for 2012:  World-famous artist Guy Harvey has designed a wrap for the boat that features checkered flags, sailfish and marlin.  All 43 drivers in the Ford EcoBoost 400 field will have a chance to win the prize boat.

 “We are excited to be involved with this iconic race again this year, and now to have an industry friend involved with the trophy boat makes it even better,” said Contender Boats Director of Marketing Les Stewart Jr.  “The winner truly is taking home a piece of south Florida.”

“Our relationship with Contender Boats started in 2011, and now includes another natural in Guy Harvey,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer.  “It’s fantastic to bring together these two uniquely South Florida entities that have collaborated to design and outfit this one-of-a-kind boat for our race winner.”

In addition to the design for the boat wrap, Guy Harvey and Homestead-Miami Speedway are teaming up for other fan elements:

• Harvey has designed the cover of the official Ford Championship Weekend program, which will be on sale at the track during race weekend.
• Harvey has also designed commemorative posters and t-shirts that will be for sale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, both during race weekend and beyond.  Proceeds from the sales of the t-shirts will be donated to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Homestead-Miami Speedway’s Driving for a Cause Foundation.
• NASCAR stock cars that include Guy Harvey Custom Wraps will be on display at Miami Beach’s Clevelander and the Bass Pro Shop in Miami’s Dolphin Mall.

"We've long believed that our fans and NASCAR fans share a passion for the outdoors," said Dr. Harvey. "We know our message of marine conservation and sustainable fisheries will find a receptive audience with NASCAR’s ranks.”

About Contender Boats
Contender Boats was founded in 1982 and incorporated in Florida in 1984. It has operated continuously since then, producing more than 6,000 boats with both open and cabin configurations, ranging in size from 21 to 40 feet in length. The current production facility is located in Homestead, where all components are manufactured in-house including metal fabrication, carpentry, electrical, and upholstery.  contenderoffshore.com

About The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation funds inspired scientific research and innovative educational programs to encourage conservation and best management practices for sustainable marine environments. The GHOF will help ensure that future generations will enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem where fish and other marine wildlife flourish. guyharveyoceanfoundation.org

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