Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

Sports

April 2, 2013

Driver receives local support

For local Hendricks County product Joey Saldana, racing is something that’s genetic.

“My dad moved back (to Indiana) to run the Indy 500 and he was fortunate enough to do it in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s,” Saldana said. “My goal in racing was always to make it to the IRL or whatever series that it was.”

Though Saldana’s goals have been altered due to cost and other roadblocks, he strives to be at the top of his division, which he has been doing for years.

The central Indiana racing culture is something imbedded deeply in Saldana.

“I was born and raised in Brownsburg,” he said. “My family is from Lincoln, Neb. My dad moved here in 1972, when I was born. I’m a Hoosier, born and bred. I’ve lived here my whole life. For sprint car racing, or racing in general, this is a huge area. I was just lucky enough to grow up in Brownsburg and do what I do.”

Though Saldana is already proud of his Brownsburg heritage, he now has another reason, as Brownsburg-based Fatheadz eyewear currently sponsors his 71M Motter Motorsports sprint car in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Series this season.

For Rico Elmore, owner of Fatheadz eyewear, the merger with Saldana is a perfect fit.

“My business is in Brownsburg and I have come to know and admire ‘The Brownsburg Bullet’ Joey Saldana,” Elmore said in a press release. “I met (team owner) Dan Motter at a motorsports show last year and knew Fatheadz had the opportunity to be involved with a professional team and driver who will have the capability of adding star power to our brand.”

But the partnership is more than just monetary and a sticker on the car for Saldana.

“I think it’s pretty neat that Fatheadz eyewear is based out of Brownsburg and they’re supporting our team and myself,” Saldana said. “In racing, there are some guys who race in glasses and I’m one of them that has always raced with glasses. There’s definitely some exposure that you can get. It’s not like I’m just wearing sunglasses. I’m wearing their product all the time when I race.”

Text Only
Sports
  • HCF 4-23 spt barnhart pic-2 Barnhart honing skills closer to home INDIANAPOLIS -- Brownsburg's Tucker Barnhart could've been drafted by any of Major League Baseball's 30 teams back in 2009. He was taken by the Cincinnati Reds, which has worked out great for the 23-year-old. Cincinnati is just a two-hour drive from

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • HCF 4-23 spt danville golf pic-1 Bulldogs second, Warriors 12th at invite Brownsburg and Danville made continued improvements on the links on Saturday, as the Bulldogs were runners-up and the Warriors placed 12th at the Danville Invitational at Twin Bridges Golf Club. With a 326, Brownsburg finished one stroke behind first

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • County Sports Results Baseball Hendricks County Tournament Championship: Avon 12, Danville 3 Highlight: T. Brandt 3 RBI Third-Place: Brownsburg 12, Plainfield 2 Fifth-Place: Tri-West 6, Cascade 5 Westfield 3, Avon 2 Highlight: K. Reynolds/M. Moore RBI Cascade 5, Greencast

    April 23, 2014

  • Orioles take county championship BROWNSBURG — Before the season, Avon baseball coach Troy Drosche said the Orioles’ bats would determine how successful they’d be. The bats blasted away at Plainfield and Danville on Saturday, as Avon rolled to consecutive wins and the Hendricks Count

    April 21, 2014

  • Brent Glasgow.JPG A run, and time like no other

    With the playoffs off and running, the Indiana Pacers’ quest for the organization’s first NBA title is underway. Even if successful, however, it’s hard to imagine it’ll have the impact of the team that fell short of that prize two decades ago.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • HCF 4-19 spt cascade bb pic-2 Danville rolls over Cascade in 13-3 win CLAYTON -- Solid hitting, defense and pitching pushed Danville to the semifinals of the Hendricks County baseball tournament in a 13-3 win over Cascade Friday night. "We talk about grinding and staying in the moment with our approach, and they did th

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • HCF 4-16 spt dv sb pic-2 Warriors split with Cougars DANVILLE -- After falling to North Putnam in extra innings in its doubleheader opener on Saturday, the Danville softball team finished in grand fashion to take the second game, 20-5. "I wasn't very pleased with the first game," said Danville coach Je

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • preview.jpg Sims focused on more than the ring

    Unlike many in his trade, Anthony Sims Jr. prepared for life after boxing long before landing his first punch as a professional.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Danville dominates Greencastle, 68-31

    DANVILLE — After dispatching Greencastle Friday night, the Danville boys’ basketball team upped its record to 8-1 on the year.

    January 8, 2014

  • Brent Glasgow.JPG One game, but Pacers look primed for playoffs

    For the past six weeks, no one has known what to make of the Indiana Pacers, but Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, all was right with the world.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Hendricks County Marquee
Email News Sign Up
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Poll

New poll question: Will you be attending this year’s Indianapolis 500?

Yes
No
Undecded
     View Results
AP Video
Raw: Obama Tours Gyeongbok Palace Swimmer Michael Phelps Back in Competition Raw: Obama Lays Korean War Memorial Wreath Obama Leads Naturalization Ceremony in Seoul Calif. School Bus Crash Hurts Driver, 11 Kids Country Club for Exotic Cars Little Science Behind 'Pollen Vortex' Prediction US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Must Read