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Unexpected Sponsorships Continue to Push Josh Wise Forward

By Brandon Butler – The 2014 Sprint Cup season has thus far been a great year for @Josh_Wise and Phil Parsons Racing and it appears to be getting even better.

After users involved with the online digital currency Dogecoin raised enough funds to sponsor Wise and the No. 98 for Talladega earlier this month, and the Sprint All-Star Race in Charlotte, which included voting him into the big event, another sponsor has stepped up to help fund the team.

iRacing.com Motorsport Simulations will be sponsoring the No. 98 Chevrolet along with Reddit.com for this weekend’s Fedex 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway.

In addition to the sponsorship this weekend, iRacing.com has teamed up with the Riverside, California native to help fund his team in the Sprint Cup Series going forward. Current iRacing.com members as well as non-members have the chance to help Wise’s efforts by purchasing a discounted membership or the iRacing Sprint Car. Those who purchase a membership or purchase the Sprint Car will have a chance to win VIP experiences with the No. 98 team.

For more information on this special promotion, fans can visit iRacing.com/Jose-Wise-Promo.

iRacing.com is the worlds premier motorsports simulation that allows anyone to compete against sim racing enthusiasts and fans from across the globe. With choices to race in vehicles from many different motorsports series: NASCAR, IndyCar, Aussie V-8 Supercar Series, Grand-Am, as well as car manufacturers Ford, Chevrolet, BMW, Toyota, and many more.  NASCAR teamed up with iRacing.com to launch an officially sanctioned racing series on the iRacing service – now known as the NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series – under the NASCAR banner in 2010.

More good news came this past week in addition to the iRacing/Reddit.com sponsorship. Dogecoin will return to the No. 98 for the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19th after the community sold enough No. 98 replica pit-crew t-shirts featuring the Dogecoin currency branding.

The amount of support that Josh Wise has received from the online community has been surprising, yet astonishing at the same time. Certainly a feel good NASCAR story for the little guys. Not only was Wise able shock the NASCAR world by winning the All-Star Fan Vote, he has successfully gained more funding and fans for his team, which he and team owner Phil Parsons probably weren’t expecting.

With all the sponsorships and fan support the Phil Parsons Racing organization has received, this shows that NASCAR fans have a voice in what goes on not just at the racetrack, but also behind the scenes in the race shops.

EMAIL BRANDON AT brandon.butler@popularspeed.com

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