Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc. cancels 2011 Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge
Project to re-assess event format while tackling other initiatives
CHESTER, Conn. – After five years, event organizers announced Tuesday that the 2011 Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge has been canceled as its organizer, the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc., currently addresses other initiatives.
Normally held the first weekend after New Year's, the event brought NASCAR and NHRA drivers together in Lake Placid, N.Y. to race modified bobsleds and raise funds to further research and development for the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc.
The Project's principals are NASCAR icon Geoff Bodine, winner of the 1986 Daytona 500, and Bob Cuneo, race car designer and owner of Chassis Dynamics in Oxford, Conn.
Bodine began the Project after watching United States athletes produce desultory results at the 1992 Winter Olympics using European cast-off sleds.
Over the past 18 years, the Project built American-made bobsleds for the U. S. men's and women's teams. The initiative caught fire at the 2002 Winter Games. Starting at those Games in Salt Lake City, U.S. men and women athletes have captured six Olympic medals, two of them gold, including Steve Holcomb's victory 10 months ago in Vancouver. It was the first U.S. Olympic gold medal in four-man racing in 62 years.