“AMERICAN IDOL” TAPS B&H AUTHOR, NASCAR SPIRITUAL ADVISER
Contact: Dave Schroeder
Director of Communications
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (March 7, 2014) B&H author Billy Mauldin has been named spiritual adviser to season 13 contestants of “American Idol.” Mauldin, president and CEO of Motor Racing Outreach, and the co-author of the forthcoming book, The Race: Living Life on Track (B&H Publishing Group, May 2013), will offer spiritual counsel and support for contestants under the high-stakes pressure of competition, just like he has for the NASCAR community for more than a decade.
Motor Racing Outreach is a ministry serving NASCAR drivers and others in the professional racing community. Since 1999, Mauldin has provided counsel and guidance for drivers in some of the most emotional, pressure-filled times of their lives: right before they race.
Mauldin’s new book, The Race – written in conjunction with NASCAR Hall-of-Famer and lead NASCAR FOX Sports analyst Darrell Waltrip and Kyle Froman, the director of development for Motor Racing Outreach – shares lessons learned in the racing pits and among the NASCAR community. The Race aims to help others with their personal mission by helping readers prepare for it, receive it, and then live faithfully on mission. It is these same concepts Mauldin hopes to share with the contestants of “American Idol.”
“From working with NASCAR, I understand the pressures that these contestants are facing,” Mauldin says, who will be on-hand in Los Angeles for the entire “Idol” season with his wife Julie. “I will be there to provide spiritual support and counsel to the contestants who are going through one of the most intense competitions they will ever face.”
The idea to have Mauldin on as spiritual advisor came from David Hill, the former Fox Sports chairman who has been overseeing an “American Idol” overhaul this year. Hill noticed many of the contestants got their start singing in the church choir and were brought up in spiritual homes, so he thought Mauldin would be the perfect person to encourage the contestants – many of which who are in their teens and away from family for the first time – as they go through the competition.
Billy Mauldin has served as chaplain for various racing series including the Unlimited Hydroplane Racing series, American Motorcycle Association and the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series. A lifelong resident of Charlotte, N.C., Mauldin is married to Julie and is the father of Thor, Titan, Roxy and Daisy. www.go2mro.com.
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The Race: Living Life on Track with Darrell Waltrip