June 26th, 2012
Driver Ben Rhodes Signs With CSN
Standout racing prospect signs with Catholic Sports Network
LOUISVILLE, KY - Ben Rhodes, the talented 15-year-old racecar driver from Louisville, has signed a promotional contract with TEAM, a division of the Catholic Sports Network, a national leader in promoting coaches and athletes.
Rhodes, who currently competes in the United Auto Racing Association's STARS division, drives the #9 Stanley /Alpha Energy Solutions Ford Fusion Marcos Ambrose Motorsport car. Rhodes is a member of Ambrose's driver development team. Rhodes, a rookie, has been competitive in the series, with three Top 10 finishes in his first six starts.
On April 26, Rhodes finished 6th in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, competing against such NASCAR legends as Tony Stewart and Jeff Burton in a race televised on the Speed Channel. As he is in many races, Rhodes was the youngest competitor in the race.
Rhodes is a freshman honor student at Holy Cross High School in Louisville. The TEAM (Talent, Endorsement and Marketing) organization plans to market Rhodes for personal appearances and endorsements throughout the region with a focus on the Louisville market.
"I'm really excited about working with the Catholic Sports Net team," said Rhodes, who has made numerous radio and television appearances locally. "They have the expertise to market me in a positive way, while I will be focused on racing."
Catholic Sports Network president Steve Fehder calls Rhodes a unique individual who has a natural appeal to sponsors. "We are excited to have Ben on the TEAM. Ben is a high quality, humble and talented young man who is experiencing tremendous national success in an extremely competitive sport. He is a great role model for our youth and we look forward to representing Ben," Fehder said.
TEAM markets and promotes sports figures while securing endorsements, in addition to contracts for personal appearances and speaking engagements. TEAM works with a number of local high profile sports figures and personalities including Coach Scott Davenport of Bellarmine University and Hall of Fame writer Billy Reed.
Ben Rhodes competes in the UARA Late Model Series, which continues through November. His website is http://www.BenRhodesInc.com.