ALEXANDRIA, Ind. —
Rev your engines, Alexandria.
Hidden within the quiet town of roughly 5,000, there’s a little bit of a high-octane, heart-pounding sport with millions of fans worldwide.
Salmon-Simpson Racing, the brain child of owner Jon Salmon and CEO and driver Stephen Simpson, opened about a year ago in downtown Alexandria, at 301 N. Harrison St. in the old Glove Corp. building.
Salmon said he dreamed of the glamorous racing lifestyle as a kid but was only inspired to act on it after meeting the young — yet winning — driver, Simpson, on an Indy racing circuit.
“It was his drive and passion for the sport that inspired me to want to be involved with helping Stephen Simpson live his dream to race full time for a living,” said Salmon, who runs the business side of Salmon-Simpson. “That drive and motivation is what sparked a fire for me to get in the racing business.”
It was serendipity, much like the story behind Salmon-Simpson’s rooting in Alexandria — especially considering neither partner is a native.
Simpson was born in England and raised in South Africa, where he took up karting as a kid. By his teens, he’d moved on to bigger, more powerful cars, eventually becoming the youngest driver to ever win the South African Ford Championship. To date, he’s racked up more than 75 awards via his history with Formula Ford, LeMans, IndyLights and other circuits.
The team’s link to small-town Madison County is through Salmon’s wife, Angie.
She was raised in Alexandria, taught at Alexandria-Monroe High School for a decade and helps run her mom’s downtown fashion boutique, Bella Ava, out of the same building as Salmon-Simpson.
“I knew this was the right place when I looked at the building last May,” Salmon said. “It was a perfect fit.” Especially since the office is in a building with “racing history oozing out of it,” he said. Among other things, he says, Glove Corp. made flame-retardant racing gear.
Despite not growing up in Alexandria, Salmon said he feels like he’s a part of the town.
“After the brief year Salmon-Simpson has operated out of Alexandria, many of the people are very welcoming and supportive,” he said.
And he hopes Salmon-Simpson can return the favor.
The Alexandria office handles the business’s day-to-day operations, such as phone calls and sponsorship. But the town travels with Simpson, as he tours on his racing circuits.
“Our goal is to showcase Alexandria (and) Madison County,” Salmon said, “to generate more jobs to larger companies through our goodwill of putting Alex on the fire suit,” the flame-retardant jumper that drivers wear.
So far, Salmon-Simpson has two sponsors but is recruiting and hopes to have several from Madison County. That could mean national and global business connections and plenty of advertising opportunities for local companies.
“I would have to say there is never a down time in the racing industry,”Salmon said. “When the last checker flag has dropped, that only means a great exciting new year is right around the corner.”
Like Baylee Pulliam on Facebook and on Twitter
@BayleeNPulliam, or call 648-4250.
Salmon-Simpson Racing operates in former Glove Corp. building
ALEXANDRIA, Ind. —
Rev your engines, Alexandria.
- Local Business
'Super Saturday' lives up to name
Nora Campbell broke down in tears of relief after enrolling for health coverage through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. “I will have insurance now as soon as I pay the $14 a month for it,” she said wiping at the tears rolling down her cheeks with shaking hands.
- Private Fleet Backhaul small, but mighty Julie Crossley works long hours at her job with Private Fleet Backhaul, LLC, but she said she works for one of the best companies in the state.
- Business Profile: Local owner getting a bang for his buck Wes Foster worked most of his life in a factory, but when the opportunity came for him to open his own business he did not hesitate to walk away from his old job.
- Business People: March 9 News about local business people as published in the Sunday edition of The Herald Bulletin.
Ted Moss: Preparation key to good home-buying experience
Buying a home can be a time of both excitement and frustration. Planning ahead can make the process much easier. Here are a few considerations as you venture into home ownership.
Weather halts tractor repairs
Lawn machine and tractor repair shops could see a major influx of tractors as farmers get ready for spring in the coming weeks. "We've had a backup of tractor repairs," said Todd Sink, a worker at Bendle Lawn Equipment Service & Sales. "With this weather, people haven't been able to get their tractors out of the barn."
- 'Big Joe' Clark: Time to reconsider your hatred for inflation? True enough, inflation raises the price of goods and services, but that in itself does not make inflation all bad.
Modern Trailer Sales named 'Small Business of the Year’
Moments after being named Madison County’s Small Business of the Year, Christy Kirk was posting the announcement on her company’s Facebook page. The Madison County Chamber announced Modern Trailer Sales as the winner during its Annual Awards Gala on Thursday at the Madison Park Church of God in Anderson.
Madison County Chamber Annual Awards Gala
VIDEO: Highlights from the chamber's annual awards dinner honoring businesses making a difference in Madison County.
Anderson will fight Lapel appeal
City Attorney Ashley Hopper said that Anderson will continue to fight Lapel on its annexation plan. Lapel made a super-voluntary strip annexation last summer that Anderson sued over, claiming the annexation was illegal and hampered any potential future growth for Anderson.
- More Local Business Headlines
- 'Super Saturday' lives up to name