The following news release was issued Sep. 11 by P1 Groupe.
Altamonte Springs, FL/September 11, 2013 – Virginia college student and NASCAR Nationwide series newcomer Ryan Ellis drove a clean race in a star-studded field to bring his #24 Kappa Sigma Fraternity SR2 Motorsports Toyota Camry across the finish under the lights on Friday night. Ellis’ goals for the race were achieved and exceeded at Richmond International Raceway for the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 in front of many of his Fraternity brothers that gave a thrilling ovation to their Driver at the completion of his race. Chris Monez of SR2 Motorsports discusses working with Ryan for the first time; “It was a pleasure working with Ryan, he is an intelligent young man with a bright future. He displayed the ability to adapt quickly to direction and communicates what’s happening with the car so the team can make the necessary adjustments. All key traits of a successful race car driver.”
Of the event Ellis exudes; “Racing the #24 Kappa Sigma SR2 Motorsports Toyota Camry was one of the greatest nights of my life! The car ran well all night and our pit crew did a phenomenal job adjusting the setup every single time we hit pit road. Representing the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and its’ members worldwide was a dream come true but most importantly we were able to raise money for the great causes within the Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund and the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign. The experience was even greater because I was able to bring so many friends and family from the area and my local Kappa Sigma chapter, Kappa-Phi (George Mason University) which brought out the loudest cheers of the night for our #24 Toyota.” Ellis continues; “Overall, I was extremely happy and proud of the way our #24 team and car performed, especially with it being my first oval race within the Nationwide Series, and I can only hope to be able to do it again. Thanks so much to everyone from the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, SR2 Motorsports, and P1 Groupe for all of their hard work!”
Ellis’s #24 Toyota Camry featured the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign logo. 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. Viewers, fraternity alumni and members of the public wishing to help further the Military Heroes campaign can donate by visiting ksig.ma/troops13.
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. Ellis, a 2008 initiate of the Kappa-Phi chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at George Mason University, was joined in pit lane by brothers from his chapter and from Kappa Sigma’s headquarters in nearby Charlottesville.
“Watching the #24 Kappa Sigma Toyota Camry on ESPN was such a treat for Kappa Sigmas everywhere” said Hugh M. Robert, President of Kappa Sigma Fraternity’s board of directors. “The support that has poured in for Ryan and for the Military Heroes Campaign has been impressive to say the least!” Robert continues; “We are grateful for Ryan’s commitment to his fraternity and this cause. We are proud of him and look forward to seeing great things from Ryan in the future — both on and off the racetrack.”
Also included in the sponsor graphics of Ellis’s race car was 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.
More information on Ryan Ellis please view www.ryanellismotorsports.com, or www.p1groupe.com.