AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES TO WORK WITH SALVATION ARMY FOR HURRICANE RELIEF
Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada - In support of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, the American Le Mans Series joined forces with the Salvation Army and SPEED Channel during its Labor Day race weekend at Mosport International Raceway.
"The Salvation Army and the ALMS have participated together all season long in a Grid Kids program where we have hosted disadvantaged young people at our races," said Scott Atherton, president and CEO of the American Le Mans Series. "With the gravity of the situation caused by Hurricane Katrina, it seemed very natural that we would do whatever we could to help the Salvation Army with its relief efforts."
The SPEED Channel and the American Le Mans Series will run the Salvation Army's relief telephone number - 1-800-SAL-ARMY - and other hurricane relief contact information throughout its telecast Sunday and has asked the five teams with in-car cameras to carry hurricane relief signage/decals of the telephone number in prominent camera view. Several teams have chosen to donate all or a portion of their winnings to the relief effort with Dr. Don Panoz and his wife Nancy, founders of the ALMS, having agreed to personally match the amount donated by the teams.
In addition, Mosport International Raceway has provided the local Salvation Army chapter with an opportunity to have an on-site presence to collect donations from those attending the Labor Day weekend Grand Prix of Mosport.
The Salvation Army has created a dedicated American Le Mans Series' Web site for those who want to make contributions to the Hurricane Katrina relief fund.
Additional information about the relief fund can be obtained by logging on at SalvationArmyUSA.org.
The Grand Prix of Mosport is set for 3 p.m. EDT Sunday at Mosport International Raceway, with live coverage on SPEED Channel. Qualifying is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. EDT Saturday. American Le Mans Radio and IMSA Live Timing & Scoring will be available at www.americanlemans.com.