Cody Coughlin is set to hit the track for the first time in 2017 this week at Daytona International Speedway (FL), but that isn’t the only big event happening this year for the 21 year-old race car driver. Coughlin will also hit the silver screen in 2017 when he makes his film debut this fall in God Bless the Broken Road, a film directed by Harold Cronk.
The film stars former NFL great, LaDainian Tomlinson, pop-star Jordin Sparks (American Idol), Arthur Cartwright (Grand Torino), Lindsay Pulsipher (True Blood), and Andrew Walker (Kept Woman). Coughlin is playing himself in the film.
“I’ve always been fascinated with movies and Hollywood itself, and also how movies are filmed,” said Coughlin, a Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver. “To be able to have a part, large or small, in a film is a dream come true. The film is a perfect fit between Faith and stock car racing.”
The film tells the story of a young mother who loses her husband in Afghanistan and struggles to raise their young daughter on her own. The film combines elements of faith, country music and stock car racing while paying tribute to those who serve in U.S. Military.
The scene involving Coughlin was filmed at Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI, a track where Coughlin has competed on several occasions.
"It was fantastic having Cody on set with us making his film debut in God Bless the Broken Road," said director Harold Cronk, whose other films include God's Not Dead and its sequel. “We are blessed to have him involved with the film and look forward to watching him tear up the track in the Truck Series."
Jordin Sparks will be performing the National Anthem ahead of Sunday’s Daytona 500 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Coughlin is competing in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway (FL) on Friday, February 24th in the JEGS.com/ RIDE TV Toyota Tundra for Thorsport Racing. Coughlin is competing full-time for Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2017.
Thorsport Racing will conduct a Facebook Live session with Coughlin and Andy Fraser (Film Producter) on its Facebook page on Friday, February 24 at 12:30pm. Fans are encouraged to partake by asking questions to either Coughlin or Fraser.
For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit codycoughlin.com and follow Cody on Twitter, @Cody_Coughlin. Follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS, and “Like”JEGS Performance on Facebook. Follow ThorSport Racing on Twitter, @ThorSportRacing, and visit them online at ThorSport.com. If you need more information regarding ThorSport please contact Kate Fegley via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any other inquiries for Cody Coughlin can be sent to Bob Dillner via email at email@example.com.
About JEGS Automotive, Inc.
In 1960, Jeg Coughlin Sr. founded JEGS as a small speed shop. It has grown into a high-performance powerhouse that includes a race team (Team JEGS), 250,000 square foot warehouse, retail store, mail order and website. The 350+ employees at JEGS still strongly believe and practice our simply business philosophy: Customer Care is #1. For more information about JEGS Automotive, Inc. visit JEGS.com.
About Ride Television Network, Inc.
Ride Television Network, Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company was formed in 2011 for the purpose of launching a 24-hour, high definition, television network. RIDE TV launched on October 1, 2014 in the United States and is now available internationally. The network features high-quality television programming showcasing both English and Western disciplines and lifestyles and includes live events, reality shows, talk shows, children’s programming, documentaries and more. For more information about RIDE TV, please visit www.ridetv.com.
About ThorSport Racing
ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing, which has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers' champion Matt Crafton, the No. 13 JEGS/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra driven by Cody Coughlin, the No. 27 Tundra driven by Ben Rhodes, and the No. 98 RIDE TV/Champion Power Equipment/Jive Communications/Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Grant Enfinger. For more information visit www.ThorSport.com.