Super Bowl and NCAA football champion Ken Stabler, president of Legend Cellars, announced that Legend Cellars will partner with and sponsor Thomas "Moose" Praytor's Max Force Race team in 2011. The "12" Championship Collection Wine label complete with a snake and championship ring will appear on Moose's Ford Fusion with the Legend Cellars Crest. "Our wine is all about celebrating great teams and success, the Moose and his team embody that idea," said Stabler.
In addition to carrying the Legend Cellars Wine colors the Moose's number will change from 28 to Stabler's iconic #12. Along with the number change, Moose's Yellow trim will be changed to Crimson and White. "Mr. Ken is a legend and to have him entrust promoting his new Legend Cellars Wine with our race team is a real honor. Mr. Ken has been to the shop and to the track with our race team, it may have been a while since he competed on the field but he still knows how to inspire teammates and you can see our guys get a lift when he's with us," offered the Moose.
The Wine ride will race this weekend at the opener of the Sunoco Gulf Coast Championship. The series starts Friday, March 25th at Pensacola 5 Flags Speedway and continues on Saturday night, March 26th, at Mobile International Speedway, a Rick Crawford Performance Track with the Miller Lite 100.
Moose has announced a 22 – race schedule along the Gulf Coast. "I've been watching Thomas race since he was at Sunny South Speedway in a Bandolero, his determination and commitment to racing is incredible. I'm pumped up to be a part of his effort as he moves up to the next level," said Stabler.
Legend Cellars Wine: Stabler's Legend Cellars partnered with Anderson Estate Wines of Santiago Chile to produce the "12" Championship Collection. The "12" Championship Collection consist of five expressive world-class wines. The tag line, "Celebrate your success," alluding to Stabler's winning career can be found on each bottle. A portion of the sales will benefit the XOXO Stabler Foundation, which supports such charities as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Mulherin Custodial Home for special-needs children in Mobile, and Mobile's Camp Rap-A-Hope, a summer camp for children with cancer.
Thomas "Moose" Praytor: Starting with a borrowed Go-Kart the Moose and his Max Force Race Team have parlayed that small beginning to become a Track champion, a State Champion and a 3-time US Army Rookie of the Year. The Moose earned his nickname from one of his first sponsors, the Outdoor Channel. The Moose's Outdoor Channel Bandolero featured a large Moose coming out of the wheel well, his name on the roof was changed to Thomoose and now is simply "Moose." The Moose will be attempting to win US Army Rookie of the Year honors again in 2011, as he makes his first Super Late Model start. For more Moose: MaxForceRacing.com
ABOUT KEN STABLER: As quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide, Ken "Snake" Stabler was a member of the 1965 national championship team. He went on to enjoy a successful career in the NFL, playing for the Oakland Raiders from 1968-1979. Stabler led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl championship in 1977, had the most victories as a Raiders QB (71), played in three Pro Bowls, was the 1974 NFL MVP, and was voted the NFL Player of the Year in 1976. He played for the Houston Oilers in 1980-1981 and the New Orleans Saints from 1982-1984.
Ken Stabler and Moose with the #12 car.