PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (8-22-12) – In his young career, up and coming NASCAR driver Blake Koch has built a decorated resume of accomplishments on and off the track in the challenging sport. Recently, Koch was introduced to what is now his greatest accolade in his life of 27 of years. Koch is celebrating his introduction to fatherhood.
Carter Willliam Koch came into the world at eight pounds and six ounces on August 5th to Blake and Shannon Koch, waving the green flag to a whole new chapter of life for the NASCAR Nationwide Driver that is known for sharing his faith with the world at 200 miles per hour.
"This is so amazing, by far the greatest moment of my life," said Koch. "I just want to be a great Father, I love holding him. I can't wait for him to get old enough to start playing catch with me and all that great stuff."
Like any father that is in the auto racing industry for a career, Koch is already looking forward to the day when Carter can follow in his footsteps and perhaps to carry the aspiration of one day being a professional NASCAR driver just like his father. In today's day and age, those days aren't far away when Blake will have to the opportunity to introduce his young son to the cockpit side of America's action sport.
"That's the plan if he wants to do it," said Koch. "Champ kart racing starts at four years old."
Following sponsorship woes earlier in the season that forced Rise Up and Register to withdraw from NASCAR, Koch has been racing a limited schedule in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2012. In his racing career he has made 49 total Nationwide starts, with 14 of those being the total number in the present season. Prior to being forced to go into a part-time status, the former motocross racer was making a strong run in the series standing racing for the well known Rick Ware Racing Team. Koch plans on returning to the NASCAR Nationwide Series fulltime in 2013 and is currently in the process of securing funds and sponsorship for his fulltime return to the series.
"Right now that's our plan to come back fulltime in 2013," said Koch. "We're working on locating sponsorship for the new season and hope to come back strong and represent our investors well."
"Prior to the present season, Koch raced his way to 18th in the NASCAR Nationwide standings in 2011 despite missing two events at the start of the season for Macdonald Motorsports. He was amidst one of the closest contests for Rookie of the Year in recent series history against Timmy Hill whom he finished to as a runner up to at the end of the year before becoming Hill's teammate with RWR.
In 2010 Koch competed in nine our of 12 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races for the California Golden Gate Racing Team and Richard Childress Racing. He also made his first career start in the ARCA Racing Series where he finished an impressive third place. Koch made his debut in NASCAR in 2008 in a solo start in the NASCAR West Series. He returned to the series fulltime the following year and finished as a bridesmaid to the Rookie of the Year.
For Koch, being a NASCAR driver reaches far from the cockpit of his car each week. It's not all about going fast and cheating disaster each week in pursuit of the checkered flag. In his travels to and around each track he competes, Koch offers a high speed ministry to the sporting world's greatest fans, sharing his faith in every town he visits each weekend by telling his story.
Koch believes that God has a plan for everyone and his plan for Koch was to become a NASCAR driver and a voice of faith in the NASCAR community. Koch's strong faith and story and drawn much national attention by Fox News, CNN, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and numerous news agencies throughout the United States.
To learn more about Blake Koch and his racing career visit www.blakekoch.com. Those interested in sponsorship opportunities can inquire through his website for the 2013 racing season. Koch can also be found on various social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter where he urges fans to join him daily. To learn more about the NASCAR Nationwide Series, visit www.nascar.com. Media relations and publicity materials for Blake Koch have been provided by Bill Sullivan, Sullivan Images www.sullivanimages.net.