Sean Corr Owner/Driver for Empire Racing Group will be making his NCWTS debut at Eldora Speedway this Wednesday night on the greatest dirt track there is in dirt track racing. Sean comes from an extensive background in dirt track racing.
“I am looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the #82 Ford F-150 and to participate in the greatest dirt track there is, Eldora Speedway. There is nothing like slinging some dirt and I am very excited to run with NCWTS for the first time this season at one of the most notable dirt tracks around.”
Established in 2009 ERG began competing within the ARCA Racing Series with drivers Sean Corr, Owner and Driver for ERG, and Mason Mitchell. In 2012, ERG started to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with drivers Sean Corr and Jake Crum. Currently in 2014, with the partnership of Grumpy’s Performance, Inc., the team has expanded to more events within the NCWTS.
Sean’s other past time hobbies has lead him to represent his hometown horse carriage friends. Corr will be racing for VICTORY to help in the preservation for NYC Horse Carriages.
New York’s Sean Corr is riding into Ohio’s Eldora Speedway with a message for a mayor back home. Corr’s racecar will feature a truck bed decal in support of Central Park’s horse carriage industry, which Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged to ban.
“I am really excited to be representing the New York City Carriages again at Eldora Speedway for The 1-800-Car-Cash Mud Summer Classic this Wednesday night. Eldora Speedway is one of the biggest races on dirt for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and it is my pleasure to be driving in this race, and representing the NYC Carriages”, said Sean Corr, Driver/Owner of Empire Racing Group.
Sean will be behind the wheel of the #82 Empire Racing Group Ford NASCAR Camping World Truck.
The trunk decal pictures a horsedrawn carriage and reads “New York Horsepower” and “Save NYC Horse Carriages”.
“Sean’s support means a lot because he grew up with horses. He knows what a happy horse looks like and didn’t listen to the animal extremists,” said Christina Hansen, a Central Park horse-carriage driver.
Horse-drawn carriages have been a feature of Central Park since 1858, and are always a top destination for tourists. Featured in numerous classic films and television shows, the horses have become an iconic part of the city’s landscape.
Mayor de Blasio pledged during the 2013 mayoral campaign to ban the industry, claiming that horses do not belong in today’s New York City. But New Yorkers have pushed back against the proposal, which would put 300 working families out of a job.
Polls have consistently found greater than 2-1 opposition to the ban among New Yorkers and every editorial board and union in New York is against it. The ban proposal is currently stalled in the City Council.
Corr is no stranger to horses. He grew up in Goshen, NY, where his mother owns a horse farm. As a child, he took carriage rides in Central Park, and recalls that the carriage horses were “the best part of the city.” When he heard about plans to ban the horses from New York City, he reached out through the New York State Horse Council to offer his support.
“We treat our horses like family,” says Hansen. “There is a reason why every vet who visits them endorses the care. The stables are staffed 24 hours a day, with roomy stalls and regular vet visits. Each horse even gets at least five weeks vacation. The carriage horses mean a lot to the people of New York.”
With the support of Sean Corr, and the horsepower under and on the truck, Hansen and her horses hope to be driving for many years to come.
Notes to Editors: Empire Racing Group and Grumpy’s Performance, Inc. is a Driver Development Team that strives to identify young talent that wants to pursue advancing their racing career. Empire has structured a successful team and program that creates successful individuals in their goal objectives.
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