Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Girl Scouts Rev Up To Learn About Non-Traditional Careers
Girl Scouts from across Kansas and Missouri will be treated to a day at Kansas Speedway with an opportunity to learn from four female role models

(Kansas City, Mo.) – September 22, 2009 – 500 Girl Scouts and their leaders will take part in a special opportunity during the October 1st Kansas Lottery 150, part of the ARCA RE/MAX Series and Kansas Speedway’s NASCAR weekend. Girl Scouts will cheer on one of the few cars piloted by a female in ARCA RE/MAX, the #19 D’Hondt Motorsports (DMS) Toyota in 2009.

In addition to watching the DMS #19, Girl Scouts will be seated with three other female role models with non-traditional careers: Johanna Long, Tiffany Daniels and Tana Poppino. Girls will be able to interact and ask questions about how these young women are succeeding in non-traditional careers, where they are the minority in a male-dominated profession. In addition to the great learning opportunity, many of the Girl Scouts will be watching a stock car race for the very first time.

Alli Owens drives for D’Hondt Motorsports piloting the #19 ElectrifyingCareers.com Toyota in 2009. This is Alli’s second year in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

Johanna Long will be seated with Girl Scouts sharing her racing background beginning at five years old. She has several wins in the Florida Kart scene, experienced Legends Cars and then the tough Pro Late Model Series. Last year at age 16, Johanna became the youngest and first female track champion at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. She will make history as the youngest woman to drive at Rockingham Motor Speedway at the “Rock” under the #19 DMS flag as part of the Women’s Initiative & sponsors www.GrandmaRubys.com & hotel sponsor Great Wolf Lodge of Kansas City. Learn more at www.johannalong.com.

Tiffany Daniels will be seated with Girl Scouts sharing her racing and engineering background. Tiffany drives in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series & Camping World East Series. In addition to her racing career, Tiffany also holds a full-time job as one of the only female crew engineers with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. She is an aspiring 2010 ARCA RE/MAX Series driver with D’Hondt Motorsports as part of the Women’s Initiative. Learn more at www.tiffdaniels.com.

Tana Poppino will be seated with Girl Scouts providing another perspective to the girls in attendance when she shares her career as a championship barrel racer on the rodeo circuit. Tana had a 20 year career as a marketing executive enjoying weekend rodeo events. Finding success, her family encouraged her to take the leap and explore a full-time career as a barrel racer. Today, Tana has won several prestigious events and has been named one of the top 15 barrel racers. Learn more at www.tanapoppino.com.

D’Hondt Motorsports headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina is home to the #19 Toyota Camry ARCA RE/MAX Series team and the #92 Toyota NASCAR Nationwide Series team. With over 75 years of collective NASCAR and motorsports experience from general management to crew, D’Hondt is poised to skyrocket into NASCAR’s next generation. Learn more at www.dhondtmotorsports.com.

Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri is an organization that, in partnership with committed adults, helps girls grow courageous and strong through a variety of enriching experiences. Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri supports about 35,000 registered Girl Scouts, grades Kindergarten – 12th from all populations, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds in 47 counties across Kansas and Missouri. Learn more at www.girlscoutsksmo.org.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

D’Hondt Motorsports & Grandma Ruby’s Sweet Shoppe Support Women in the ARCA RE/MAX Series; Introducing Johanna Long

Grandma Ruby’s Sweet Shoppe Sponsors the #19 ElectrifyingCareers.com Toyota Camry in NJ & Kansas; Becomes Co-Primary Sponsor for Johanna Long at Rockingham
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 10, 2009) – D’Hondt Motorsports, LLC (DMS) announced today that Grandma Ruby’s Sweet Shoppe will sponsor their efforts in a variety of ways as we draw to a close on the 2009 season. Look for the Grandma Ruby’s logo on the # 19 Electrifying Careers.com Toyota Camry this weekend at the South Jersey Building Trades 150 at the New Jersey Motorsports Park; and at the Kansas Lottery 150 at Kansas Speedway on October 1st. Grandma Ruby’s Sweet Shoppe will also serve as a Co-Primary sponsor backing Johanna Long in her DMS debut in the American 200 to be held at the famed Rockingham Speedway on October 11th.

GrandmaRubys.com is a family-oriented confection company run from the Midwest by two enterprising granddaughters of “Ruby” herself. Johanna “Jo” Long, 17, has raced since she was five years old, in the footsteps of father Donald. Her career highlights wins on some of the toughest proving grounds in all of short track racing – to include the Super Late Models Blizzard Series & Pro Late Models tour, racing against names such as Kyle Busch.

“We are excited to continue the relationship with GrandmaRubys.com as we forge ahead in the final races of the 2009 season,” said DMS team owner Eddie D’Hondt. “Johanna Long is an exciting young driver who has learned from some very talented people in our business. We think she has a very bright future ahead of her.”

About D’Hondt Motorsports:
D’Hondt Motorsports (DMS), headquartered in Mooresville, NC, is home to the No. 19 Toyota Camry ARCA RE/MAX Series team and the No. 92 Toyota NASCAR Nationwide Series team. With over 75 years of collective NASCAR & motorsports experience & excellence, from general management to crew, team D’Hondt is poised to skyrocket into NASCAR’s next generation. For more information about D’Hondt Motorsports, LLC, please visit www.dhondtmotorsports.com.

About GrandmaRubys.com:
Grandma Ruby's is a family-owned business with locations in Minnesota and Tennessee. The Carpenters, Harvey & Kari, live in Minnesota and the Junions, Dan & Marni, live in Tennessee. Kari and Marni are sisters and, in case you're wondering, Grandma Ruby is a real person - she's our grandma. When we decided to go into business together, we tossed around a lot of different names, but we chose to name our business after the person who had the most influence in our lives growing up together. We live miles apart now but we reminisce often about the laughter and joy during our childhood with Grandma Ruby, whom we affectionately called Mamo, and she had the ability to touch everyone she came in contact with in a positive and meaningful way. Raised during the Great Depression, Mamo knew how to make mundane foods and dessert into delectable meals that friends and neighbors would talk about for days. Of course, we kids liked the desserts best!