STATESVILLE, N.C. – CSX will return to promoting rail safety with David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports this season.
CSX will again partner with the race-winning driver and Front Row Motorsports’ No. 34 team for the upcoming Sprint Cup Series season. The partnership will include primary sponsorship of Ragan’s Ford Fusion for four races, Daytona Int’l Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., in February, Darlington (S.C.) Raceway in April, Michigan Int’l Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., in August and Richmond (Va.) Int’l Raceway in September.
CSX will also be a major associate on the No. 34 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., in August and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., in October. The familiar “I Brake for Trains” bumper sticker will once again be on the back of Ragan’s car for all 36 races of the Sprint Cup schedule.
The transportation company utilized its sponsorship of Front Row last year to successfully communicate the dangers of trespassing on railroad tracks to its target demographic of males age 18 to 34. The 28-year-old Ragan regularly spoke to fans about rail safety through social media, through traditional media interviews and in person at public appearances, where he often handed out “I Brake for Trains” bumper stickers.
“NASCAR provides a highly effective platform to communicate a very powerful safety message, and having a spokesperson who is very likeable and articulate and happens to be in the target demographic we’re trying to reach makes for a winning combination,” said Gary Sease, CSX corporate communications director. “David brings unique credibility to the message that walking on tracks is reckless behavior that can be deadly.”
“We developed a great relationship with CSX last year, and we actually grew together as the season went on,” said team owner Bob Jenkins. “We celebrated our first team win at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway with the 34 car, and CSX jumped on the opportunity to celebrate that win by joining us for the Sprint Cup All-Star race. This year the program is even bigger. We’re proud to be partnering with a successful Fortune 500 company and helping to spread their message.”
“It’s going to be a great start to the new season, knowing we have CSX back with us,” Ragan said. “We had a lot of fun last year. I got to get behind the controls of a locomotive and everything. We learned a lot and we shared what we learned with our fans, and we’re going to keep spreading the ‘Play It Safe’ safety message this year.”