The following news release was issued Sep. 3 by P1 Groupe.
Altamonte Springs, FL/August 30, 2013 – Ryan Ellis has been signed by SR2 Motorsports for their #24 Toyota Camry to run the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway. The race will take place on Friday, September 6th at 7:30pm EST, and be televised live on ESPN. Primary sponsor on the #24 for this event will be Kappa Sigma Fraternity. The sponsorship is a tribute to help advance the values and educational programming of his college fraternity, as well as raise awareness for its Military Heroes Campaign and Scholarship-Leadership Award program for Undergraduate students.
Ryan Ellis is a 2008 initiate of the Kappa-Phi chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at George Mason University. “I really can’t express how happy I am that we were able to make this happen. To be able to make my oval NASCAR Nationwide debut representing the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and SR2 Motorsports is so exciting. SR2 is a very proven team and I am very excited to be driving the #24 Toyota at my home track. The Kappa Sigma fraternity has done so much for me throughout my college life and they are a perfect fit for our racecar in a race sponsored by another educational organization, the Virginia 529 College Savings”.
Ellis continues; “I grew up watching NASCAR and IndyCar races at Richmond International Speedway, and it still hasn’t set in that I will be driving there not too long from now. I’m really excited to have so many friends and family as well as all of the brothers of the Kappa Sigma fraternity out there supporting me. Thank you so much to SR2 Motorsports, the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, P1 Groupe, my good friend Mike Mallon, and every single brother of Kappa Sigma across the nation for helping put the #24 Kappa Sigma Fraternity Toyota Camry on track!”
Kappa Sigma’s Military Heroes Campaign honors and aids the thousands of military veterans and their families in communities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since its inception in 2007, the campaign has donated nearly $500,000 to non-profit organizations who advocate on behalf of servicemen and women and those wounded in combat. North Carolina Senator and 2008 Kappa Sigma Man of the Year Richard M. Burr, a 1975 initiate of Kappa Sigma’s Delta-Omega Chapter at Wake Forest University, serves as chairman of the Military Heroes Campaign.
“The opportunity to give back and aid our military service members and their families is one that we cherish with great pride,” said Hugh M. Robert, president of Kappa Sigma Fraternity’s board of directors. “We are grateful for Ryan’s desire and commitment to help advance this worthy cause. He serves as a shining example of the personal character and values that our organization holds dear.”
The Kappa Sigma Military Heroes logo will adorn the hood of Ellis’s #24 Toyota Camry on Friday night, and viewers, fraternity alumni and members of the public wishing to help further the Military Heroes campaign will be directed to a donation link at ksig.ma/troops13.
“Kappa Sigma is a values-based fraternity experience that positively affects thousands of young men across college campuses and, like for Ryan, stays with them for life,” said Mitchell B. Wilson, executive director of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. “When opportunities arise, they look for ways to give back — the same way our undergraduates do every day on college campuses throughout North America.”
Also included in the sponsor graphics of Ellis’s race car will be a tribute to the Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund’s hallmark undergraduate Scholarship-Leadership Awards (SLA) program. Since its inception in 1947, more than $6.5 million in student scholarships have been awarded to thousands of deserving undergraduate members who excel in academics, campus involvement, community service and leadership.
About Kappa Sigma Fraternity
Founded in 1869 at the University of Virginia, Kappa Sigma Fraternity is the most preferred college fraternity in the world — with more than 17,500 undergraduate members on 314 college campus throughout the United States and Canada, and nearly 200,000 living alumni. Each year, Kappa Sigma undergraduates donate more than $3 million and 1 million hours to charitable causes, pledge more than 9,000 men and welcome nearly 7,000 new initiates to the Order — the most of any college fraternity. The Fraternity teaches its core standards and values through educational programming around the four pillars of Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship and Service.
About P1 Groupe:
P1 Groupe Inc. is a motorsports management company representing drivers and teams from around the world. P1 Groupe offers its high-speed clientele an array of options designed to allow a dedicated focus to the most important task at hand: winning races. Through marketing, management, branding and design, P1 Groupe provides quality solutions with speed and efficiency. For more information, visit www.p1groupe.com.