Bliss, a 44-year old native of Portland, Oregon, has 476 combined starts in all three NASCAR series with a record of 15 wins, 89 top-fives, 181 top-10’s and 21 pole positions. Bliss also drove in the International Race of Champions (IROC) Series in 2003, garnering one win (Chicagoland Speedway), two top-fives and four top-10’s in four total starts. Bliss began his racing career in quarter midgets at the age of nine. He’s married with one nine-year old daughter and restores custom hot rods in his spare time. Among his collection is a bright yellow 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda with a Hemi Engine.
After careful consideration, Baldwin chose Mike Bliss to lead his 2010 program. “Mike brings a lot of experience to the table and next year, we’re stepping everything up,” said Baldwin. “He gives us the best chance to qualify for the Daytona 500 and get ourselves in the top-35 in points after the first five events of the 2010 season. I’m very excited to have him on board along with our sponsor, Wave Energy Drink,” he added.
Driver Michael McDowell, who closed out the 2009 season for Tommy Baldwin Racing, will still play a vital part of sponsor Wave Energy Drink’s future marketing plans. McDowell is slated to drive in several select Sprint Cup events in a Wave Energy Drink-sponsored car in 2010.
Wave Energy Drink executives are delighted with the plan of action for their 2010 NASCAR Season. “We’re thrilled with the arrangement that has been put in place for next year,” said Jason Wolter, VP of Marketing for Wave Energy Drink. “As a sponsor, we still get the best of both worlds. We have Mike Bliss to lead the competition side and we’re retaining the personal representation services of Michael McDowell. In the end, everyone is on the same page and the stage is now set for Wave Energy Drink’s most successful year ever,” he added.
With the driver lineup and sponsor representation secured for next year, Baldwin is revved up about the future of his race team and relationship with sponsor, Wave Energy Drink. “We’ve got a great deal of energy coming together at the right time,” said Baldwin. “Our plan is to keep Bliss and McDowell involved in our racing program and as brand ambassadors for Wave Energy Drink. Both of these guys are very talented both on the racetrack and off the track. Now we’ll be able to take this program to the next level with our own version of the ‘Mike and Mike Show’,” he added