INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 26, 2008) – Eric Saunders may only be fifteen years old but he is already an accomplished motocross racer. The young Hoosier competes under the banner of fellow Indiana native, mentor and 2x NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion’s team – Tony Stewart Racing (TSR).
Saunders will once again compete in a rigorous 2008 tour throughout the Midwest and has already picked up seven wins this season in three different divisions.
In addition to his TSR alliance, Eric has also joined forces with Great Clips®. Great Clips®, which boasts over 2,600 salons across the United States, has a ten year history in professional motorsports and also sponsors the No. 38 NASCAR Nationwide Series entry of Jason Leffler as well as ARCA RE/MAX Series’ regular Gabi DiCarlo.
And as if Saunders didn’t have enough excitement with high school, touring with his motocross team and working hard to help promote his sponsors, the ante was upped with the recent announcement that Eric is one of 20 nominees to be featured on Cartoon Network’s “Props”. “Props” is an on-air show and online social campaign that profiles real-world, inspirational kids with exceptional talents, accomplishments and prowess. Starting on June 30th, viewers across America can vote online for the six finalists who’s talents will be showcased by getting “Props” and having their talents filmed for television to air later in the fall.
“We had a strong start to our 2008 season and the pace will pick up now that summer is here,” noted Saunders. “I am proud to represent Great Clips® and want to thank them, Doug Stringer and Jason Leffler for their support. We are working on some exciting things that will hopefully help our team, sponsors and the motocross community.”
When asked about the Cartoon Network “Props” nomination, Eric added, “It is neat to be nominated and I hope we can be one of the finalists so show more people what motocross is about. Several kids have talents in singing, music or dance but I’m glad they gave extreme sports recognition as taking talent because we practice and put a lot of hard work and dedication into this sport. I know that my fellow motocross racers and the industry will support me fully and hopefully go online and vote to show the rest of America what we love.”
Eric is concentrating his racing efforts on the Ponca City Grand National Championships held on July 20-26, 2008, and the premier Loretta Lynn’s MX Championships which will take place July28-August 2, 2008. Additional information on Eric Saunders and the Tony Stewart Racing MX team can be found online at http://www.ericsaundersmx.com. To locate your nearest Great Clips® salon or for special promotions, visit http://www.greatclips.com. And be sure to view Eric’s video and vote for him in the “Props” contest starting June 30th at http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/promos/props
The Tony Stewart/Eric Saunders Racing MX Team would like to thank their loyal sponsors - Tony Stewart Racing, Bass Pro Shops, American Suzuki, Great Clips, Rising Star Management Group, TMC Transportation, Pilot Travel Centers, Race Tech Suspension, Troy Lee Designs, K&N Filters, Kenda Tire, American Haulers, ASV Inventions, Barnett Clutches, CV4, Cometic Gasket, Dubach Racing Development, Fedoro Brakes, IMS Products, JM Racing, Leatt Brace, Mechanix Wear, Motion Pro, Moto Tassinari, Power Start Racing Products, Scott USA, Spectro Oils, TCX Boots, Techworks Trailers, Throttle Jockey and Wiseco Pistons.