Performance Tech and Centinel Spine Plan for a Season of Success
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 13, 2018) – Centinel Spine will continue with Performance Tech Motorsports for the entirety of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
Centinel Spine first joined the Performance Tech family in January for the Rolex 24 At Daytona. After seeing the team's success at Daytona, the spinal manufacturer and distributor decided to continue with the partnership. This partnership will help create a platform to educate the public on spinal disease and options that allow individuals to continue to function at a high caliber.
Performance Tech opens up a new type of athlete to Centinel Spine Chairman & CEO John Viscogliosi, the race car driver. At Daytona, Viscogliosi had front row seats to watch 18-year-old Patricio O'Ward wheel the No. 38 Prototype for a fourth-place starting position. Viscogliosi then watched as O'Ward, James French, Kyle Masson and Mazda Factory Driver Joel Miller navigated a 24-hour race and finished eighth. A new type of athlete equates to a new audience base and consumer that Viscogliosi and Centinel Spine can reach and educate.
Performance Tech and Team Principal Brent O'Neill are readily supplying example athletes to Centinel Spine for examples of athleticism and the wear of sports endurance.
"Centinel Spine is really an amazing company," O'Neill said. "Everything they do is to give people life after spinal disease is important. If you're in a sport long enough or in racing long enough, you'll have an injury and a lot of times it's to the spine. This is as important to my drivers as it is my crew guys, you can't do anything with a bad back. Having them as a sponsor is as much about helping a good cause as it is anything else. John and everyone at Centinel are great people and we're excited to build something with them."
Centinel Spine is making it an essential goal for 2018 to educate the public, not just the surgeons, using its products. Viscogliosi has aligned the company with Performance Tech as well as golfers on the PGA Tour to help reach the masses. Performance Tech will play a primary role in creating the Centinel Spine platform. Viscogliosi is planning on learning as much from Performance Tech as he is educating.
"We are excited to extend our partnership with Performance Tech and continue to get the word out that Centinel Spine has solutions to address spine disease and allow individuals get their lives back and function at a high level,” Viscogliosi. “The teamwork and commitment to excellence exhibited by the Performance Tech team at the Rolex 24 At Daytona last month confirmed that this is the right partnership to support our mission to raise awareness that spinal injury or disease does not need to result in a change in lifestyle. We are proud to be part of the Performance Tech family and look forward to working as a team to better educate race fans and the general public.”
Viscogliosi and O'Neill get to work this March for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advanced Auto parts. The race week begins Wednesday, March 14, with the crescendo coming at 10:40 a.m. and P.m. Saturday, March 17. The second installment of the Tequila Patròn North American Endurance Championship will air live on various FOX channels. Viewers can catch the start of the Twelve Hours of Sebring on FOX Sports 1 and the finish on FOX Sports 2. For a detailed schedule visit http://imsa.com.