With a loud roar from its engine resonating off the buildings at the state Capitol, Governor Manchin introduced a stock car bearing Marshall University's name.
The car, which was introduced Thursday, is the idea of Marshall alumnus Dana Tomes. He says nearly $100,000 has already been invested to build the number 75 Dodge Charger. The number is in honor of the 75 football players, coaches and Marshall supporters killed in a November 1970 plane crash.
Marshall isn't a financial backer of the project. Tomes hopes to raise enough sponsorship money to enter the car on NASCAR's Nationwide Series this season. The car will be driven by Barboursville native Brett Rowe, a veteran of the NASCAR circuit.
Manchin says the car will have a close following among the state's tens of thousands of NASCAR fans.
NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston says cars bearing college names have competed in various races in recent years. They include Auburn, Florida, Florida State, James Madison, Maryland, Georgetown and the Yale Cancer Center.