MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (January 21, 2011) – – Knight Motorsports Management (KMM) announced today that they have entered into an alliance agreement with Charlotte, North Carolina-based Tex Motorsports Marketing.
The alliance between Tex Motorsports Marketing owned by long-time Motorsports veteran Chris Ragle will allow the two entities to combine resources and assets in order to further enhance their client on multi-level and platform basis. The two companies will continue to operate as normal and separately but work side-by-side in an effort to strengthen their presence in the Motorsports community.
“I’ve known Chris (Ragle) for a long time and I could not be happier about today’s announcement,” said Knight Motorsports Management President Chris Knight. “We both have the same drive and goals. We both feel that we bring unique styles to the table that ultimately should circle back around to the best interest of our clients.”
Ragle, a native of Paradise, Texas nearly echoed his new partner’s sentiments. “This affiliation between Tex Motorsports Marketing and Knight Motorsports Management is really an ideal situation for both parties and its clients,” said Ragle. “Not only will both parties benefit by allowing more resources at our fingertips, but it’s also a huge help to the Motorsports industry as a whole in the form that between us all, we have everyone covered from the short track level all the way to the top echelons of the industry.”
He added, “The knowledge and reputation Chris (Knight) has built at the ARCA level and above speaks for itself. He has built himself up over the years as a reliable and trustworthy resource that any program agenda would benefit greatly by adding his services to its organization. That alone has me excited on what we can build together over the foreseeable future.”
Additionally, KMM announced today the appointment of Kim Castongia as Vice President of Knight Motorsports Management. Castongia, a long-time fixture in the Motorsports garage will also serve as account manager to the company’s growing clientele. Castongia and Knight met in 2000 and have since developed not only a personal friendship but (she) assisted the reality of the official formalization of KMM.
Joining Castongia as an account manager in 2011 will be Angela Starke. A former Public Relations representative for Clements Racing and Matt Carter in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and R3 Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2008, Starke will assist KMM in a vast variety of projects the newly founded company offers. Starke will officially begin her tenure by attending the 2011 ARCA season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February.
“I’m very proud of our team,” sounded Knight. “This sport is filled with a lot of great people but to have the team I’ve personally selected, I could not be happier. They all have the same ethics, responsibility and dedication it takes to work in this industry. This is their company just as much as it is mine. I don’t think we’re done just yet with our team, we’re just waiting on a few more announcements but I know that whoever we bring in down the road will fit the same integrity we all believe and strive in.”
Currently, Knight Motorsports Management will be representing clients this year in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Late Models, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS), NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) and the USARacing Pro Cup Series. KMM is also hoping to expand to the IZOD IndyCar Series (IICS) in the foreseeable future. A full client list will be officially posted when the company launches their new Speed Media-designed website in early February.
KMM will also be the firm that handles the “Chris Knight Foundation”, a foundation started in 2010 by the Redford, Michigan native striving to give back to others in circles. The KMM team will unleash their plan for the foundation soon.
Castongia, Ragle and Starke join KMM partner Kurt Dietrich of Grand Rapids, Michigan who owns Speed Media, one of the official vendors and partners of the Mooresville, North Carolina based firm.