Bodine's gold-medal bobsled on display at Museum and Team Store
CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 10, 2010) – The Night Train four-man bobsled continues to roll on and gain more fans in the aftermath of the crew’s gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
A creation of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project Inc., the sleek, low-profile sled has made stops in Charlotte and Concord, N.C., New York City, Atlanta and other locations since the spring. The Night Train crew—including driver Steve Holcomb and his teammates—has appeared on the “Today Show” and “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Its current destination finds the sled in the Hendrick Motorsports Museum and Team Store in Concord. Admission is free.
Click here for museum hours, directions and a map of the Hendrick Motorsports’ campus. The sleek, low-profile Bo-Dyn sled will be on display until the beginning of October.
The gold medal craft, which benefitted from NASCAR technology that was instituted by racing legend Geoff Bodine, broke a 62-year gold medal drought for the United States men’s team. Joining Holcomb in Victory Lane at the Whistler Sliding Center in February was Steve Mesler, Justin Olsen and Curt Tomasevicz.
“The interest shown in our team’s success has been overwhelming since the race took place at Whistler,” said Phil Kurze, president of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project Inc. and vice president of Whelen Engineering, the project’s primary sponsor.
“The Hendrick family and staff have been solidly behind our efforts over the years. We are proud to display our sled in their museum, and really appreciate the opportunity they have given us to introduce museum visitors and NASCAR fans to our athletes and the sport of bobsledding.”
Bodine began his project after the 1992 Albertville Winter Games where he watched Americans struggle with European cast-off equipment. He enticed Bob Cuneo of Chassis Dynamics in Oxford, Conn., another NASCAR connection, to join his efforts. The result has paid off with numerous medals at the World Cup level and World Championship competitions. Since 2002, Bo-Dyn bobsleds have captured six Olympic medals, two of them gold, in men’s and women’s races.
“To have our sled in the Hendrick Motorsports Museum is really nostalgic for me,” Bodine said. “I was at the wheel and won Hendrick Motorsports’ first race back when it was known as All-Star Racing. And now seeing our sled in their museum adds another high point to my career.”
That No. 5 All-Star Racing Chevrolet, driven by Bodine, is currently on display alongside the gold medal bobsled. The organization changed its name to Hendrick Motorsports the following year.
“We’re proud of the U.S. bobsled team’s success and our industry’s association with the Bo-Dyn project,” said Marshall Carlson, president of Hendrick Motorsports. “The sled is a true piece of Olympic history, and we appreciate Geoff offering us the opportunity to host it here at Hendrick Motorsports.”
The Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc. will become neighbors to Hendrick Motorsports as the bobsled fabrication shop is scheduled to re-locate in the fall from Oxford, Conn., to Cornelius, N.C., For more information on the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc., please log on to www.bodynbobsled.com.
For more information on the U.S. men’s and women’s bobsled teams, please log on to www.usbsf.com.