March 12, 2012 // Franchising.com // Craters & Freighters’ Florida locations join together to sponsor Dave Blaney’s #59 Sprint Car for the 2012 World of Outlaws Racing Series. Tom Leidig, the car’s owner contacted Russ Galik, owner of two Craters & Freighters’ locations including Orlando and Southeast Florida regarding the sponsorship opportunity. Galik, a longtime race fan was thrilled to learn about the chance to support Leidig’s team and knew other Florida Craters & Freighters’ locations would join the effort. In total, there are four Craters & Freighters’ locations sponsoring the car including, Orlando & Southeast Florida, owned by Russ Galik, SW Florida, owned by Gary McKinley, and Tampa-St. Petersburg, owned by Dave Amos.
Craters & Freighters’ trademark purple and yellow logo will adorn the #59 car’s roof wing and will be viewed by over 3 million race fans starting February 16th at Volusia Speedway during the 41st UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment.
Craters & Freighters provides expert packaging, crating, and shipping services from 70 nationwide locations. Unique to the transportation industry, the company engineers and builds customized shipping containers and wood crates to ensure all shipments arrive safe, damage-free, and on-time.
Some of the most unique, valuable and challenging shipments the company has handled include:
Craters & Freighters was founded in June 1990 to meet the specialty packaging, crating, and shipping needs of businesses and consumers in all sectors including fine art, antiques, electronics, medical equipment, aerospace, bio-technology, telecommunications, and heavy machinery.
Tom Leidig has been involved in racing all his life including as a driver and as an owner. It all started with Leidig’s father who was a race car driver. Leidig started out in Quarter Midgets as a young boy and went on to racing Sprint Cars in Ohio and the Midwest. Later in his career, he moved to Florida and raced Super Late Models throughout the state. He had one of the top cars in Florida and in 1998 he won the Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna Speedway.
After racing Super Late Models, Leidig then went back to Sprint Cars, his favorite form of racing. He started out with driver Kenny Jacobs on his team. On the second night out with the car, Leidig and Jacobs won their first race. Later in the season Jacobs was hurt in a wreck and had to retire.
Leidig then had Mike Woodring and NASCAR Truck Series driver, Erin Crocker driving for his team. After Erin, driver Brooke Tatnell drove for Leidig. In Tatnell’s first year of driving, he won nine times including two World of Outlaw Races. He is a very accomplished driver and has raced in the USA and Australia where he won numerous championships.
Since Mr. Tatnell is racing in Australia during the winter months, Dave Blaney will drive Tom’s #59 car this week at Volusia Speedway. Dave Blaney also drives the #36 car in the Sprint Cup Series for NASCAR.
Craters & Freighters’ Florida locations are honored to sponsor Mr. Leidig’s & Dave Blaney’s #59 Sprint Car Racing Team!