Original Sponsor loses funding after ESPN pulled ad for Blake Koch's beliefs, ChristianCinema.com comes through to #KeepBlakeRacing
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DALLAS, April 17, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Following California's Royal Purple 300, NASCAR driver Blake Koch sat just 28 points out of the top ten driver standings. Koch was forced to race with a blank car after losing his primary sponsor, all caused by controversy over his Christian faith and an ad on ESPN not being allowed to air. Koch shared his circumstances to a national TV audience March 29th on FoxNews' Fox and Friends program. His story generated an enormous amount of response, support and coverage across the country.
While Koch was proud to stand for his faith, the loss of the sponsor has caused difficulties. Going into the race last weekend in Dallas, Koch would have been forced to park his car without a primary sponsor. As soon as ChristianCinema.com heard the story, they immediately stepped up, allowing him to race at the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday at the Texas Motor Speedway and beginning the #KeepBlakeRacing Campaign.
"It shows me how much God has his hand on the situation that he would bring along ChristianCinema.com at just the right time," says Koch. "I'm excited about how they encourage families in their faith, which is extremely important to me. God is always faithful!"
As Christian and family organizations continue rallying around Koch following the controversy, ChristianCinema.com is the first to stand in the gap after hearing of his recent challenges. "We're excited to support Blake and his stand for his faith. This is a great opportunity to keep him racing and at the same time bring awareness about Christian movies that reflect family values. " said Bobby Downes, CEO of ChristianCinema.com.
Koch still needs a primary sponsor for the remainder of the season and ChristianCinema.com has started the #KeepBlakeRacing campaign to bring awareness.
In honor of Blake's courageous stance, ChristianCinema.com is giving a FREE month of online DVD Rental service to the first 10,000 people to sign up using promo code "BLAKE."
To interview Blake Koch, please contact J.P. Hervis, 305.321.4293 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT BLAKE KOCH
Koch was in a close battle for the 2012 "Rookie of the Year" title, missing it by one point in the final race and finishing "Runner Up" Rookie of the year. He has appeared on Daystar Television Network, Fox and Friends, Billy Graham Evangelical Association website, Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power and numerous other national talk shows. Koch is actively involved with a group of other drivers who get together for Bible study on race days. He appears in an I AM SECOND video with NASCAR drivers Trevor Bayne, Michael Mcdowell, David Starr, Justin Allgaier, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, and Darrel Waltrip where they share their stories of personal faith. Blake's ambition is to encourage families to place God at the center of their lives. He and his wife reside in Cornelius, North Carolina and the two are expecting a new baby boy in the coming months.
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