New England Sports Network (NESN) to feature
Hanaford Driving Experience
Contact: Brian Hanaford, Hanaford Associates (603)968-7433
For immediate release-On October 19, Canaan (NH) Raceway was the bustling film cite for an upcoming NESN presentation of “Dan Eagan's Wild World of Winter” & Asia Magriby getting her off season adrenaline rush from Hanaford Associates American Spectator Driving Challenge (HAASDC).
|"Dan Eagan's Wild World of Winter" host Asia Magriby,
Brian Hanaford get ready to roll
|96 NASCAR regional Champion & always a Fan Favorite "Dynamite" Dave Dion|
The production will feature an introduction with Asia Magriby and a special interview and onboard driving segment with veteran NASCAR Busch North Driver Dave Dion, who also shares driving instruction at HAASDC.
Hanaford, himself the product of a well-known racing family, conceived of Hanaford Associates with the goal of being able to offer a thrilling stock car driving experience instructed by some of the most respected and winning professional drivers in the industry. It was also important to him that the experience be affordable to the broad spectrum of individuals that constitutes today's racing fan base, many of whom would not otherwise be able to participate in anything like it. So far he has succeeded. “The response in the last year has been tremendous,” says Hanaford. “We’ve had all ages from all walks of life and all professions, and every one of them has left saying it was one of the best experiences of their life. My goal now is to outfit a car that will enable the physically challenged to enjoy the same experience as everyone else. I’m told it would be the first opportunity of its kind in the country.
|Pepsi gives driving experience a thumbs up!||This student found a way from Conn. to drive a race car|
I’m working now with Plymouth State College student Cam Shaw–Doran and his technical people to accomplish the handicap accessible car. I've also established relationships with marketing partners like Rheinhardt Buick GMC, Cumberland Farms & Pepsi, in addition unconditional help from my parents, Butch Elms, Dion Brothers, Fadden Racing, ACT competitor Davydd Welch, Krampitz Tree Service, JS Photography, Speedway Advertising supporting the effort.”
Besides champion driver Dave Dion, others sharing instruction at the track are Stanley “Stub” Fadden, who completed a winning multitrack driving career with NASCAR and the Busch North series that included such prestigious wins as the New England 300, the New England 200 and nearly 250 short-track victories;
|Plymouth State College Alumni Kathy Henderson & Racing legend Stub Fatten||Chris Heinz earns his ride by helping get the cars on track|
NASCAR Bush north drivers Billy Penfold, Eddie MacDonald, Paul Wolfe and 2001 champion Mike Olsen, in addition to renowned New England short-track professionals David Avery, Tracy Bellerose, Burt Gilbert, Julian Heitz, Paul Richardson, and VT Senator Phil Scot.
|Chris Heinz earns his ride by helping get the cars on track-OUTSIDE-around Stub & Camera man Adam Delaries||16 year old student makes her father proud|
“Not everyone interested in HAASDC necessarily wants to drive,” says Hanaford. “We also offer riding opportunities with the same professional drivers. Its one more way for people who love the sport to experience the real thing.”
NESN plans to air the feature November 6 at 8 p.m., 8th at 9 p.m., 9th at 10:30 p.m. (after the Bruins game), and the 24th at 7 p.m.
For more information on the Hanaford Driving Experience, including opportunities to participate in the 2003 season, contact Hanaford Associates, (603) 968-7433, or www.603youride.com.