Given the chance all of us would love to have a part in NASCAR. Whether it's the crew member flying over the wall each pit stop, the spotter on top of the roof, or maybe the brains of a crew chief.
Maybe the women dream of being the first female to finally win a race and make a name for themselves. Maybe the men fantasize about being the one to stop Jimmie Johnson from taking over NASCAR.
But for most of us, the closest that we're going to get is the couch in our living room or the expensive tickets that we break down and buy.
The FanCar.com created by brothers Peter and Bill Lyons, is giving fans the opportunity to sponsor a race car for the 2009 Daytona 500 as well as the rest of the season.
"We have created TheFanCar.com in the effort to give NASCAR fans around the country the chance to become a sponsor, have their name on the car, meeting their car's driver on race day and have the chance to win tickets and pit passes week after week," says Peter Lyons, one of the co-founders.
Upon visiting the Web site fans are given a run-down how everything works and how to pledge and what their money will get them. Such sponsorship levels include:
- The FanCar 500 Sponsor: for $500. This is for NASCAR fans who want to be part of the inaugural 2009 Daytona 500 FanCar. In addition to the benefits listed below, "FanCar 500 Sponsor" will have their name on The FanCar Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 car! They will also have a chance to win tickets to the 2009 Daytona 500 as well as receive an authentic "TheFanCar 500 Sponsor" certificate.
- TheFanCar Drivers Sponsor: for $250. This is for those fans wanting to be a sponsor, with their name on the car for one of the other 35 races in the NASCAR 2009 Sprint Cup Series. They will also have a chance to win tickets to the race the car is qualifying for as well as receive an authentic "TheFanCar Drivers Sponsor" certificate
- The FanCar.com Sponsor: for $50, you will get to be one of our "Sponsors" for the entire 2009 season as well as receive an authentic "TheFanCar.com Sponsor" certificate.
The fans are what keeps NASCAR going and with the economy in the toilet and sponsors pulling out, the FanCar is giving everyone a chance to get closer to the sport. FanCar also promises to take care of their sponsors by offering "discounts and special privileges at hotels, airlines, restaurants, etc."
The company also aims to be involved in charity events.
In the past this company tried to join fan ownership when the NY Jets were for sale and fans had pledge over $20 million before the NFL prohibited the transaction, the Web site was buythejets.
It's no longer in service, but the action did gain media attention in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, ESPN Magazine, and ESPN Radio.
Other sports have also picked up on the idea. The United Kingdom has a fan owned soccer team, the Ebbsfleet United.
Now NASCAR fans get their chance to show why they are the best in the world. "Its simple. Teams need sponsors and we believe at least one percent of fans would love to be a sponsor." says co-founder Bill Lyons.
"We realized awhile ago if we could get only one percent of NASCAR fans to sign up to become TheFanCar sponsors, come race day there could be car with TheFanCar.com logo and the names of thousands of fans on it. Our first goal is to get 1,000 fans to pledge to be a sponsor for the 2009 Daytona 500.
"Once we get enough fan sponsors, we will go to the teams looking for sponsors. Our goal is to have TheFanCar in the 2009 Daytona 500 and then after that the Auto Club 500 and the rest of the 2009 Sprint Cup season. "
Check out the Web site at thefancar and tell your friends all about it.