Who donates money to a professional Sprint Car driver? Dozens of people, it turns out, when the driver is Jason Sides. Sides ran a non-sanctioned race last year while under contract with the World of Outlaws tour. According to Sides’ lawyer, John Deckard, Sides was subsequently denied about $40,000 in point fund money and other funds. He is now also embroiled in a lawsuit with the World Racing Group, the parent company of the WOO. So far this year, Sides has not signed a contract with the Outlaws. However, he is running with the series, has competed in every race and is currently third in the points standings, only eight points away from the lead. He has not yet committed to running the entire series; his intention, his father, Larry Sides, says, is to run for the largest purses of any series, which the WOO has.
But over the winter he had to find a way to survive. His wife’s salary as a nurse doesn’t cover all the bills, and they’ve got an 8-year-old daughter as well. So Sides turned to his fans, who donated money and/or bid on his racing items in an auction he announced on his Facebook page.
Here at the Winner’s Circle, we wondered why, with so many different charitable causes out there in the world, people would want to give their hard-earned money to a 410 Sprint Car driver? In a moment, we’ll get to their answers. First, however, we contacted the WRG to see what it had to say about the conflict with Sides.
Chief Operating Officer
World Racing Group
It’s a matter that’s in litigation. None of us can say much about it right now. (Our side of the story) is considerably different than what his is, but because it is in litigation, we are advised not to make those points right now. We felt we were well-advised (to do what we did in order to) maintain the value of the World of Outlaws and the contract the driver signed.
Now, on to the Sides’ donations….
John Deckard, Indianapolis, IN
General Counsel for Indiana and Michigan Caterpillar dealerships
Representing Jason Sides, pro bono
He doesn’t have to hire a lawyer. This is my donation. I don’t mind donating $50,000 to $100,000 worth of time to see that Jason Sides gets what he’s owed. Continue reading →3 COMMENTS | LEAVE A COMMENT