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What Is Missing From This Indy Driver Photo Tim Brown For One
WHAT IS MISSING FROM THIS INDY DRIVER PHOTO TIM BROWN FOR ONE 33 INDY DRIVERS IN NYC FOR PROMO
Don’t bother counting the Drivers
in the photo above there are 33
ALL the drivers in Sunday’s
Indy 500 race including
2 women but just don’t
look for any BLACK
drivers there aren’t
any in the Indy 500
AGAIN & AGAIN
Welcome to Tim Brown’s World. WHO IS TIM BROWN. Obviously you are about to find out. For starters Brown is an African American as you would expect. And as you would also expect in the context of today’s Box Tim Brown is Racer Auto Racer if not a driver himself just like the 33 very successful and very rich Indy drivers above.
Now Tim Brown is a NASCAR man his company Tim Brown Racing and you are right the Indy 500 is not a NASCAR event. But the distinction is of little significance. There is no way Tim Brown would be in the Indy 500 no matter how much he might want. INDY or NASCAR it’s all the same game for African Americans. Basically you need not apply.
But we can bring the Indy Speedway into this story quite nicely. Back in the summer of 2005 there in Indianapolis newly retired NFL wide receiver Tim Brown and Heisman Trophy winner announced he had formed Tim Brown Racing to compete in the highest reaches of NASCAR racing. How could he lose. Talented, successful, athlete, good business man, well heeled and MOTIVATED. What more did he need ???
Turns out SURPRISE SURPRISE. Tim Brown is missing White Skin. Oh yes here they come ALL the Nay Sayers. WHO is trying to keep African Americans out of auto racing. SHOW US the evidence. Solid proof. Some finger prints !!
OOOPs all we have is REALITY.
The fact there are NO African Americans seriously involved in Auto Racing and NASCAR specifically except for some lone examples at the edges. Here is how the game is played. Auto Racing is very EXPENSIVE as a Sport and major sponsors are required even if you throw in your own Dough. In addition SPONSORSHIPS are the Coin of this Realm. Nobody takes anyone seriously who cannot attract Big Name corporate sponsors especially since there is more visible corporate money in auto racing than any other Sport on Earth.
Now watch the Corporate Sponsors RUN THE OTHER WAY when they see a Black Man coming. Nobody shouts N _ _ _ _ r in fact everyone is very friendly in a superficial way. But they NEVER invest or sponsor the African American owned or driven racing team. Do you have a better definition for RACISM. We don’t. Not in the 21st century.
To make the matter even clearer the very powerful NASCAR organization could solve the problem in a moment. They could require something as simple as as non-threatening (sic) rule that any corporation sponsoring NASCAR events or teams must contribute 5% of that sum to a special “minority” fund that NASCAR will use to supply sponsorship money to African American owned and/or driven racing teams. Problem solved.
Except NASCAR will never do it for 2 reasons 1) their own biased NASCAR culture, 2) aided and abetted by the corporate SPONSORS who don’t want such a requirement. Case close AFRICAN Americans walk certainly they don’t do NASCAR.
Let’s get back to Tim Brown
Because he is where the action is. It is one thing to talk in hypotheticals about African Americans in NASCAR but quite another with Tim Brown starring NASCAR in the face asking to be let in. Tim Brown Racing has all the accouterments of a first class racing business. Good looking business plan, strategic plan to get there, outstanding financials to make their case, operations center in Dallas, Texas. All they are missing is what dozens upon dozens of other NASCAR groups have overflowing. Investors and sponsors.
Here is the summary from
Tim Brown’s strategic plan
to impress you with his
vision and understanding
” Tim Brown Racing is a minority owned start-up company inthe highly competitive motor sports entertainment industry. Ourgoal is to become a championship caliber racing team and tosustain these winning ways over a long and illustrious career.Our mission is to grow the popularity of stock car racing in theminority community by introducing members of the communityto the excitement of stock car racing. Tim Brown Racing willmaintain high ethical standards and will extend fairness toeveryone associated with the team.”
” Objectives of the company are increasing exposure of NASCARin minority communities around the U.S., increasing exposureof sponsor product and services to that community, extolling thebenefits of human diversity, providing avenues and opportunitiesfor economic advancement, and becoming a winning stock carracing team. Our outlook for success will be conveyed inward tothe employees and outward to the fan base and the market.Recognizing NASCAR is the fastest growing sport in the U.S.allows us to take complete advantage of the momentum that hasbeen established. The wave of support is expected to carry TBRall the way to the winners circle. Our strategy for growth will alsoleverage the support we expect to receive from the communityand the industry as a whole.”
” Motor sports entertainment has a bright future with the growth ofhome entertainment systems. Once a fan experiences the soundof 700+ horsepower engines in their living room, we expectthere to be a desire to see the real thing in person. Racing is a funsport where fans can interact with drivers and crew members.However, racing is also expensive from the team’s perspective.Tim Brown Racing is therefore placing some emphasis on theracing infrastructure.”
” Tim Brown Racing is raising capital needed to sustain raceoperations to ensure we can consistently field race cars on thetrack. The race car is a key component of the overall brandingstrategy for Tim Brown Racing. We are confident the TimBrown Racing brand will catch-on with the minority community.This will afford us the opportunity to expose this clienteleto our sponsors’ product and services. The challenge comesin marketing those product and services to drive increasedconsumption. We have established relationships that can supportthis drive over the long term.”
” Using our key differentiator as a minority-owned racing teamwe will build and sustain a competitive advantage among ourpeers. TBR places human diversity at the apex of our marketingstrategy. We firmly believe that diversity is good for theindividual as it is also good for the corporate sponsor. Diversity isbecoming a requirement in order to do business with many majorU.S. and global companies. Diversity can be shown to supportthe bottom-line. Diversity is a strategy as well as a competitiveadvantage. Tim Brown racing is powered by diversity and weexpect to deliver the benefits that are inherent within.”
“Tim Brown Racing will execute this strategy across the entireracing chain. We anticipate having an impact in our first year ofon-track racing and well into the future. TBR will be measuredagainst other well established teams. We expect to make it a goodrace to the finish! “
Want MORE you should
go straight to Tim Brown Racing
and you’ll thank us forever
NASCAR SEEKER TIM BROWN