FireIce Extends Sponsorship Of Drag Racing Champion Payne Through 2015February 13, 2013 · 0 Comments
POMONA, CA- Drag racing champion Jay Payne arrives at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona for this weekend’s season-opening 53rd annual O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals with a lengthy contract extension from longtime sponsor FireIce. The deal keeps the FireIce brand on Payne’s Peak Motor Oil Top Alcohol Funny Car as a major associate and continues the title sponsorship of Payne’s FireIce Pro Mod car through 2015.
“Jay’s our guy,” said Michael Cordani, CEO of GelTech Solutions (OTBQB: GLTC), the parent company of FireIce. “Since Jay got the deal with Peak for his Funny Car we’ve been approached by several other teams about helping them but the reality is we never left Jay. We just gave up the primary position so Jay could be better funded. We’ve still been on his Funny Car, and of course the Pro Mod car too, and we’re staying with Jay moving forward.”
Payne’s relationship with FireIce began midway through the 2008 season when a title sponsorship was unveiled on his Top Alcohol Funny Car at the Kansas race. They later added the Pro Mod car when Payne decided to contest both classes.
“The brotherhood of firefighters is something we all hear about but over these past five years I’ve been embraced by these heroes and it’s really changed my outlook on life,” Payne said. “These men and women are so selfless in their dedication to protecting us and they should never be taken for granted. We’ve experienced the extreme highs of having the opportunity to honor some great heroes, and we’ve also shared in the sorry of a fallen brother that was lost in the line of duty by carrying his name and memory with us on the racecars. It’s been humbling to say the least.
“We’re thrilled to know that FireIce will be with us for many more years,” Payne said. “The best way I know how to say thank you is to go out there and win Pomona this weekend, so that’s what we’re going to try and do.”