03-Jun-2014 Rocky Hill, Conn.
Henkel and Loctite Sponsor “Rookie of the Year” in X Games Debut of Off-Road Truck Racing
At X Games Austin, June 5-8, pro-snowboarder and Winter X Games gold medalist Nick Baumgartner will trade in his board for four wheels and a track as he fights for gold in Off Road Stadium Super Truck Racing, an event making its debut in the June 2014 X Games. Sponsored by Henkel Corporation and Loctite® brand adhesives and sealants, Baumgartner will race off jumps, through crossovers and around tight corners in his No. 12 Loctite® Stadium Super Truck, hoping to bring home another X Games gold. Baumgartner relies upon Loctite® adhesives and sealants to keep his truck together, reliable and competitive, and to help ensure his personal safety as he executes hundreds of dangerous racing maneuvers.
Baumgartner specifically calls out Loctite® 243 and 263 Threadlockers for keeping suspension parts in place “when things have to stay on the truck,” Loctite® 598 RTV Silicone Gasket Maker for anywhere a gasket needs to be replaced or repaired, Loctite® 609 Retaining Compound for press fits or slip fits on the steering rack, and Loctite® 561 Thread Sealant Stick to secure radiator and brake caliper fittings. All these materials have Baumgartner’s stamp of approval to perform dependably at exceptionally fast speeds in extreme racing conditions.
“Loctite® is the perfect teammate for the X Games,” said Baumgartner. “I am so thankful to Henkel and the Loctite® products team. Without their support I would not be living my dreams and competing to be the best in a truck by flying around corners at 100 mph with 20 other vehicles.”
Baumgartner, who started off-road truck racing in 2011, earned “Rookie of the Year” status after finishing third in his first race and then, within weeks of getting behind the wheel, taking first at Crandon International Off Road Raceway (“The Big House”). He finished the season atop the leader board in second place with five wins, impressing fans, sponsors and TORC officials. In 2012, Baumgartner moved into Pro Lite racing and finished sixth in the points standings. 2013 posed a new challenge when Baumgartner was given the opportunity to race in Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Truck Series. Landing on the podium in both TORC and SST, Baumgartner stood amongst the best off-road drivers on the planet.
“Nick’s enthusiasm and commitment to success make him a great ambassador for Henkel and the Loctite® brand of adhesives and sealants,” said Mike Shannahan, general industrial marketing director for Henkel Corporation, North America. “We are proud to support Nick as he competes in the Stadium Super Truck race in this year’s X Games Austin. Nick’s aggressive style, combined with the high performance and reliability of the Loctite® products he uses on his race truck, will make him a dominant force in the upcoming X Games event."