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GJP Italian Eatery Returns to Fuel Proud Motorsports for 2018 Small Block Supermodified Campaign

Posted by proudmotorsports on December 12, 2017 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

OSWEGO, NY (December 12, 2017) - For the fifth consecutive season, GJP Italian Eatery of Oswego will return to ‘fuel’ Proud Motorsports and team drivers Camden and Tim Proud for the 2018 season at Oswego Speedway as well as on the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series.

Under new ownership for over two years now lead by Larry Miller, Nicky Loomis, and the Gunther family, GJP has become Oswego County’s one stop shop for Italian eats; a new customer favorite.

Miller and his staff, who have supported Proud since making his speedway debut in 2014, have built their award winning brand rather impressively. The inside of the restaurant, located in Oswego’s JC Penny plaza just off Route 104 and in walking distance from the speedway, has been remodeled to include additional seating, a new menu, and much more throughout the past two years.

In 2018, GJP will again provide the ‘fuel’ for the Proud Motorsports team and drivers both on and off the race track, fueling the Proud Chassis No. 54 Small Block Supermodified each week at Oswego Speedway while filling up drivers Camden and Tim with some of the restaurant’s top menu picks as well.

“Proud Motorsports could not be happier to welcome back GJP Italian Eatery of Oswego onboard for a fifth year of partnership as part of our dedicated effort to Small Block Supermodified racing,” said Camden Proud. “Race day would not be the same without having GJP, and we are grateful for the continued support from Larry, Nicky and the Gunther family over the past several years. My family and I have enjoyed watching GJP grow into one of Oswego’s top locations for quick service, dine-in and delivery. We’ve had the pleasure of participating in several special events and appearances there, and are fortunate to have the staff work so hard to ‘fuel’ our car on race days, as well as go the extra mile to support my Dad’s return to the driver’s seat on the Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series as well.”

Last June, GJP was brought to the TV screen in the Syracuse market on popular television special ‘The Empire Plate,’ which airs on local channels. The Proud No. 54 machine also made an appearance on screen for a special ‘pizza delivery’ from Miller handed to Camden in the cockpit of his car, which also featured Proud’s memorable ‘promposal’ for his senior year at Oswego High School.

As part of a menu that screams ‘variety,’ GJP Italian Eatery of Oswego has a large list of gourmet specialty pizzas available that will make your mouth water including Meat Lovers, Veggie Red, Eggplant Parmigiana, Buffalo Chicken, Bruschetta, Cheese Lovers, Compognola White, Chicken Bacon Ranch, Chicken Riggie, Grandma’s Pizza, Supreme, Tomato Pie, and even Panini Breakfast Pizza available any time of the day.

‘Italian Classics’ such as Baked Penne, Chicken Parmigiana, Veal Parmigiana, Stuffed Shells, Sausage and Chicken Riggies, Baked Lasagna, Carbonaro, Chicken Marsala, Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo, and Spaghetti and Meatballs are all on the menu as well and customer favorites to boot.

GJP’s selections do not stop at Italian food, as their menu also features starter items such as French Fries, Buffalo Chicken Tenders, Mushrooms, Queso Bites, Onion Rings, and Mozzarella Sticks.

Their outstanding homemade wings include a choice of every sauce you could imagine, with everything from the traditional Hot Wing, to Honey BBQ, Garlic, Mango-Habanero, and Teriyaki. Wings at GJP are just $9.49 per the dozen, while a large New York Style Thin Crust Pizza is available for purchase for just $14.49.

If you are sub, sandwich, or wrap lover, GJP Italian Eatery of Oswego has you covered there as well, offerings both cold and hot one pound subs for just $7.99 with your choice of meat and toppings. Their cold sub selection includes Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, Pepperoni, Salami, Capicolla, Veggie, Cheese, and hand cut Chicken Culet while the hot sub menu features Chicken Bacon Ranch, Buffalo Chicken, Meatball, Eggplant, Veal, and Chicken Parm, as well as Davis Bros Steak specialty sub from right here in Oswego. You won’t want to miss out on local customer favorites ‘The Classic Cold Cut,’ ‘The Philly,’ ‘Turkey Delight,’ and ‘Chicken Spiedie’ subs and sandwiches.

A date for the 2018 Camden Proud Chicken BBQ Fundraiser, also to be backed by GJP Italian Eatery, will be announced in the near future. All plans point to the event returning to team sponsor Lighthouse Lanes between the months of March and April. If you or your business would like to donate a raffle item or door prize to the event, please email a team representative at proudmotorsports@gmail.com.

GJP Italian Eatery of Oswego and Proud Motorsports will start the 2018 season by first taking to the Evans Mills Speedway with Tim as the driver in Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series events tentatively set for early May.

Opening Day at Oswego Speedway and the start to Camden’s season is scheduled for Saturday, May 26th 2018 which will see the lid lifter Jim Shampine and Tony White Memorial events for the Supermodified and SBS. The speedway’s annual open practice session will commence a week earlier on Saturday, May 19.

For more information on Proud Motorsports, you can visit the team’s website online at www.ProudMotorsports.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @ProudMtrsports or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/ProudMotorsports. The team can be contacted for sponsorship inquiries via email at proudmotorsports@gmail.com. For more information on GJP Italian Eatery of Oswego, visit online at www.GJPOswego.com, LIKE GJP Italian Eatery Oswego on Facebook, or FOLLOW @GJPOswego on Instagram.

The full menu for GJP Italian Eatery of Oswego is available at http://www.gjposwego.com/files/menu.pdf. You can also sign up for exclusive GJP Italian Eatery of Oswego VIP text specials by texting “GJPOswego” to 24587. GJP Italian Eatery of Oswego is open every day of the week from 10am-10pm. Phone (315)-207-1000 to place your order TODAY!

Proud Motorsports is PROUD to be sponsored by: Step One Creative, Ken’s Body Shop, GJP Italian Eatery of Oswego, Beacon Hotel, Oswego Quality Carpet, Budget Signs, Xpress Auto Care, Compass Credit Union, CentralNewYorkMotorsports.com, Premier Living Suites, and Lighthouse Lanes.

Proud Motorsports Collects Special Awards at Oswego Speedway Banquet

Posted by proudmotorsports on November 6, 2017 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

OSWEGO, NY - 18 year-old Camden Proud celebrated what was his best Oswego Speedway seaso yet this past weekend at the track's year-end banquet held at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego.

The former rookie of the year in 2014 drove to a total of seven top five finishes and three second place efforts in 2017, good enough for a third place effort in the overall Road to the Championship for the Pathfinder Bank SBS division. Taking part in a dual role as driver and the track PR director, Proud was elated to finally pick up his third place plaque surrounded my his supportive family, friends, and crew.

"It meant a lot to achieve one of the big goals we had prior to the 2017 season which was a top three in the Road to the Championship," Proud said. "Between coming on with a new powerplant from Finger Lakes Machine, my Dad's constant fine tuning in the shop, and a lot of good luck, it was just a great year for us and I'm proud to have the success we do with a homebuilt race car and a low dollar team. We really got the job done, but the next step is getting that first championship and feature win. I need to thank my sponsors, crew, family, friends, fans, girlfriend and all those who support me week in and week out."

As part of the banquet, the Proud team, specifically owner and chief wrench Tim Proud received several special awards which are traditionally distributed throughout the evening. For their efforts this year, the Proud Motorsports was declared SBS 'Crew of the Year,' something that means so much to Tim.

"We are a small team," said Proud, a former Supermodified pilot who came out of retirerment to race this season. "It's just me, Camden, my wife Debbie, Alex Borland, Doug Zupan, Scott Lord, and the rest of our family. The Bowman family helped us a lot, my parents, Jack and Allie Proud. We have a lot of great individuals who support us and lend a hand. This is very unexpected and its things like this that make the hard work pay off."

Camden shared in his father's excitement, noting,"My crew really had to step up this year. With me doing little to nothing at all on the car, traveling to dirt races for my website, plus practically living in the speedway office for my PR job, this is for my Dad and all the people who work on the 54 more so than me. It's for everyone who has helped me out the past four years and of course my Dad. Thanks to all those guys."

To cap off the night, Tim was awarded one more special honor and it was one that paid tribute to a longtime friend and former Oswego Speedway racer Tony White, who tragically passed away following a Small Block Supermodified event in 2005. This award, the Tony White Memorial Award, is given to a random individual each year by Wayne and Debbie White, Tony's brother and sister in law.

Emotional, Tim was unable to discuss what winning this award means to him on stage at the banquet. However, the White family noted he was chosen the winner for his dedication to the sport and willingness to help others out.

Reflecting, he said "The White Family has done a lot for us. They've supported our team with fundraising, they've cheered Cam on. They are great people. It is my honor to have been chosen for this award. Tony was a great friend and a great person. My brother and I shared a lot of laughs with him in the pits and he was just a fun guy to be around. To win this in his honor means the world to me. I was speechless and just want to extend a huge thanks to the White family for all they do for Oswego Speedway."

With the banquet in the books, attention now shifts to preparing the new body and color scheme on the Step One Creative No. 54 Small Block Super ahead of 2018, something Tim and Camden are already very hard at work on. 

Oswego Speedway's 2018 season begins with Open Practice on Saturday, May 19th followed by the 68th annual Opening Day on Saturday, May 26.

For more information on Proud Motorsports, be sure to visit online at www.ProudMotorsports.com, LIKE Proud Motorsports on Facebook, or FOLLOW on Twitter (@ProudMtrsports).

Proud Motorsports is PROUD to be sponsored by: Step One Creative, Ken’s Body Shop, GJP Italian Eatery of Oswego, Beacon Hotel, All Seasons Inn, Oswego Quality Carpet, Budget Signs, CentralNYMotorsports.com, Compass Credit Union, Xpress Auto Care, Premier Living Suites, and Lighthouse Lanes.

Beacon Hotel Renews Partnership with Proud Motorsports for 2018

Posted by proudmotorsports on October 30, 2017 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

OSWEGO, NY - Popular Oswego lodging destination Beacon Hotel has renewed its five year partnership with Proud Motorsports and driver Camden Proud to return as the official hotel of the Oswego Speedway Small Block Supermodified team ahead of the 2018 season.

With the holidays fast approaching, visiting family and friends as well as race fans planning future trips to the Oswego area are reminded that the Beacon Hotel, which is located right on State Route 104 just minutes from the speedway, is one of the most conveniently located choices for accommodations when staying in Oswego County.

"I've been racing for going on five years now and its a great feeling to have another loyal sponsor renew a partnership ahead of our 2018 effort at Oswego," said Camden Proud. "Atom and Falecia (Avery) of Beacon Hotel and formerly All Seasons Inn have been very supportive of my efforts over the years and actually came onboard before I was even driving the car as No. 54. Beacon is a beautifully decorated, well kept, centrally located and customer friendly location. We are grateful for the opportunity to assist in sending customers their way and thank the Avery family for the continued support."

Brand new as of 2011, Beacon Hotel is an impressively renovated historic building located in the Franklin Square Historic District in downtown Oswego. The hotel is a matter of blocks from Oswego's most popular restaurants, shops, Oswego Cinema 7, Lake Ontario, and some of the area's most noted tourist attractions in Fort Ontario, Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse, the H Lee White Marine Museum, Port Oswego, Oswego Speedway, and more. 

Directly in the middle of town, the hotel is a five minute drive from Oswego Plaza and is surrounded by housing areas, making it easy for those in town to visit family and friends. If you're in Oswego for work, Beacon Hotel is only a 15 minute drive from Novelis, or the Nine Mile Point and James A. Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plants. 

Prior to it’s official opening, the entire facility was renovated inside and out with refurbishments that included hardwood floors, new carpets, furniture, a freshly painted exterior, a brand new parking lot, signage, lighting and awnings. Continued maintenance and strong efforts from housekeeping and staff continue to ensure Beacon Hotel is one of the top choices for accommodations in Oswego County.

To learn more about Beacon Hotel, you can visit online at BeaconHotelOswegoNY.com or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/BeaconHotelOswegoNY. To make a reservation at Beacon Hotel, phone a representative at (315)-343-3300. Rates are available for as little as $74.99 per night. 

Oswego Speedway's 2018 season begins with Open Practice on Saturday, May 19th followed by the 68th annual Opening Day on Saturday, May 26. 

For more information on Proud Motorsports, be sure to visit online at www.ProudMotorsports.com, LIKE Proud Motorsports on Facebook, or FOLLOW on Twitter (@ProudMtrsports).

Proud Motorsports is PROUD to be sponsored by: Step One Creative, Ken’s Body Shop, GJP Italian Eatery of Oswego, Beacon Hotel, All Seasons Inn, Oswego Quality Carpet, Budget Signs, CentralNYMotorsports.com, Compass Credit Union, Xpress Auto Care, Premier Living Suites, and Lighthouse Lanes.

Proud Motorsports, Step One Creative Renew Partnership for 2018 at Oswego Speedway

Posted by proudmotorsports on September 27, 2017 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (1)


OSWEGO NY - Following a career best campaign for 18 year-old Camden Proud behind the wheel of his Proud Motorsports Small Block Supermodified, Oswego based marketing firm Step One Creative has renewed its sponsorship with the family owned team for the fifth consecutive season of action at Oswego Speedway.

Proud, a former rookie of the year in the division, is Oswego Speedway's public relations director and an avid motorsports writer, who put together a third place finish in the driver standings for the Pathfinder Bank Small Block Supermodifieds in 2017.

Notably earning three runner-up efforts and seven top five finishes last season to accumulate 943 total points, Proud is ecstatic to continue to build to his on track resume with the support of Step One Creative, a resume which includes 36 top ten finishes in 52 career starts. His No. 54 machine will be returning to Oswego's SBS class on a full-time basis next season. 

"After our most successful season yet, I am very much looking forward to welcoming Shane (Stepien), Mark (Proud) and everyone at Step One Creative back for our 2018 effort," Proud said. "We are more confident than ever at our chances at the track championship and look forward to continuing our quest for my first feature win, something we've been so close to with now five second place finishes under our belt. Without Step One's loyalty and support, our successes to this point would not have been possible and I look forward to finally bringing them to victory lane this coming season."

Step One Creative, located at 317 West First Street in the Stevedore Lofts in Oswego, New York, offers full-service advertising design, brand development, public relations, copy writing, web design, and media planning/placement to organizations and businesses throughout Central and Upstate New York.

Proud Motorsports is a Small Block Supermodified race team based in Oswego, NY and owned by Tim and Debbie Proud. Camden, an 18 year-old driver and former quarter midget champion, has grown into one of the top competitors in Oswego Speedway's SBS division in his first four seasons of racing action.

“We are very excited to be back onboard for another season of partnership with Camden after his best on track effort yet," said Shane Stepien, president at Step One Creative. "Cam, Tim, Debbie and everyone at Proud Motorsports have continued to exceed our expectations in a racing partnership both on and off the race track for the past four seasons. Camden’s growth, enthusiasm, knowledge, and commitment to the sport and speedway continues to be very exciting to be a part of.
 Our Step One team is looking forward to designing a new look for the No. 54 over the offseason and hopefully seeing Camden put it in victory lane in 2018.”


For more information on Proud Motorsports, be sure to visit online at ProudMotorsports.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @ProudMtrsports or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/ProudMotorsports.

For more information on Step One Creative, please phone (315) 342-2554 or visit their website online at www.steponecreative.com.

Brothers Tim, Chris Proud to Race Together For First Time in Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series 'Fall Brawl' at Evans Mills

Posted by proudmotorsports on September 12, 2017 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)


OSWEGO, NY - With a rather successful 2017 Oswego Speedway campaign in the books for Proud Motorsports that saw three second place finishes, seven top five finishes and a third place effort in the championship standings for fourth year driver Camden Proud, the team's attention now shifts to this Sunday, September 17th's Lighthouse Lanes SBS Series event at the Evans Mills Speedway.

Once again this weekend, car builder Tim Proud will see action for just the third time in the past twelve years, attempting to put together his first ever Small Block Supermodified feature win behind the wheel of the Step One Creative No. 54 normally driven by his son. While Tim is excited to get back behind the wheel on Sunday, that will also come with a special twist, as his brother Chris will be back in action for the first time since Classic Weekend of 2015 with the Martin's Contracting No. 3 Proud Chassis, another car built by Tim.

Between the two cars, Chris and Camden have gathered nearly ninety top ten finishes for 48-year old Proud as a car builder while Proud himself, a former Limited Supermodified and Supermodified competitor, has garnered nine Oswego top ten finishes, multiple heat race wins, and second place finishes in his own SBS driving career between the 1994 to 1997 seasons.

Coming off of a heat race victory in his return to racing at Oswego's Race of Champions Weekend last October, Tim is looking forward to finally attempting a feature event for the first time since 2004, as the 25-lap feature event at Oswego, as well as the Evans Mills race earlier in the season with the Lighthouse Lanes Series, were both put on hold due to weather.

"We had a good car at Evans Mills earlier this year on older rubber," Proud recalled. "Going into the heat races I felt like we had a nice shot to win the whole thing. We've made a few changes and got some new equipment to get me a little more comfortable in the car, so I hope that helps us out a bit this time. It's been awhile since I've run a feature, but my goal is to just have fun with Cam and my brother and be there at the end of 50-laps."

Chris is also looking forward to his return to racing action, as the eight time Oswego feature winner with the very same Proud Chassis he will dirve Sunday will be making a rare start at Evans Mills, a track both he and Tim ran at in the early stages of their careers.

"It's been awhile since I ran Evans Mills, the last time was to get experience when I got my first Limited," offered the Brewerton, NY driver. "This weekend I am just going to have fun and hopefully still be competitive. It will be neat to get to race with my brother, that's something we have never done despite spending several years at the track together. My kids would really like to see me win one more race, so maybe I can get it done for them."

The 2000 Limited Supermodified rookie of the year, Chris pitted alongside Tim at Oswego for three straight seasons, before Tim got out of full-time racing in early 2002 while later returning to pilot Chris's No. 3 to a fifth place finish on Race of Champions Weekend thirteen years ago. Both of the Proud brothers are in search of their first top five effort at Evans Mills.

Joining the Small Block Supermodifieds on Sunday's schedule will be the Mills Modified, Legends, Bandolero, Thunder Stock, 4-Cylinder and 4-Cylinder truck divisions in Evans Mills' season finale. Pits open at 11:30am, heat racing is set to begin at 3pm, with hot laps at 1pm. Feature action will follow the preliminary races. General admission tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at the gate. Kids 15 and under are FREE at the Evans Mills Speedway. Pit passes are $25. For more information, log on to EvansMillsSpeedway.com.

For more information, be sure to visit online at ProudMotorsports.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @ProudMtrsports on LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/ProudMotorsports. To discuss sponsorship opportunities, email a team representative at proudmotorsports@gmail.com.