Series Road America news 2009-08-13

"CORVETTE CHALLENGE II" SET FOR ROAD AMERICA Part of annual Tour de Road America to benefit Lance Armstrong Foundation The Tour de Road America - Bike Ride to Fight Cancer presented by Delta Dental returns for its sixth year to Elkhart Lake's...

"CORVETTE CHALLENGE II" SET FOR ROAD AMERICA
Part of annual Tour de Road America to benefit Lance Armstrong Foundation

The Tour de Road America - Bike Ride to Fight Cancer presented by Delta Dental returns for its sixth year to Elkhart Lake's Road America 4.048- mile, 14-turn auto racing circuit at 6:15 p.m. ET Friday. The event coincides with the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase featuring the American Le Mans Series weekend of auto races at the track.

After Friday's motorsports action winds down, the cycling action will gear up. Race fans, local cyclists, cancer survivors and families can join professional drivers and their race teams on track to raise funds for cancer survivorship. Participants can ride one lap or as many as they can before the sun sets. All kinds of bikes are welcome, and the ride is open to all ability levels and cyclists young and old. Drivers from the top-tier American Le Mans Series joining the ride include Patrick Long, David Robertson, Andrea Robertson, Joerg Bergmeister, Johnny Mowlem and Guy Smith.

The popular Corvette Challenge "race within the ride" will also return on Friday for an international, winner-take-all, one-lap bicycle race around the course. Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan takes on Corvette Racing driver Jan Magnussen, and SPEED commentator Calvin Fish for bragging rights and to raise funds for the event's beneficiaries - the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Austin Hatcher Foundation, the late Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic.

Fans can show their support for either Fehan, Magnussen or Fish by pledging donations online through the ride Web site. Corvette Racing fans can also pledge donations in person at the Corvette Corral or by mail with a downloaded form from www.pelotonride.org/CorvetteChallengeForm.pdf.

In addition to the ride, the event also features a silent auction of auto racing memorabilia, cycling gear and items donated by local businesses on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Organizers expect 300 to 400 cyclists to take part in the ride and hope to raise $40,000. "Lance returned to the bicycle to raise awareness for his LIVESTRONG Foundation's global campaign to fight cancer. His strong showing at the Tour de France definitely re-energized interest in cycling, fighting cancer and in the Tour de Road America. We're expecting many of Lance's "LIVESTRONG ARMY" to make a showing here on Friday evening...it's going to be a great ride and we hope to make a big contribution to the fight against cancer!" said Tour de Road America organizer George Siegle.

More information and online registration is available at www.pelotonride.org, www.roadamerica.com, or at the track at the Tour de Road America booth on Friday.

The Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase is set for 2 p.m. CT on Sunday, August 16 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The race will air live on SPEED. American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche and Live Timing & Scoring will be available at Racehub on americanlemans.com. Radio coverage also will air live on Sirius Channel 126 and XM Channel 242. You also can follow the Series on Twitter (almsnotes).

The race also will mark the seventh round of the 2009 MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge. Tickets are available at americanlemans.com and roadamerica.com.

-credit: alms

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Series ALMS , Charity
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Calvin Fish , Paul Newman , Patrick Long , Johnny Mowlem , Andrea Robertson
Teams Corvette Racing