TEAM SEATTLE FUND RAISING NEARS $1 MILLION MARK
Some folks are in auto racing for the fun of it.
Others, like sponsors, are involved to better promote and sell product.
Some, like drivers, crew members and the media are associated because that's how they make a living.
But there is one program - Team Seattle - participating in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona that fits no other category.
It raises funds for charity!
To assist disabled/sick children unable to pay medical and hospital bills.
It all began in l997 when Seattle race car driver Don Kitch, jr. founded the program and was ecstatic when $80,000.00 was pledged to compete in the Daytona marathon. He was expecting just $60,000.00 and was overjoyed with the final sum.
Pledges increased to $200,000.00 in l998 when Team Seattle finished second in its class and seventh Overall. Over $250,000.00 was realized last season when 639 laps were completed with a first in Class GT3 and a sixth overall.
This year's goal is $300,000.00, which would amount to a four-year total of $830,000.00. All indications now point to the five year total to be realized in year 200l going well over the $1 million mark.
"It's incredible what can be done in motor sports when people pull together for a worthwhile cause like Children's Hospital," maintains Kitch.
Kitch, along with team drivers Dave Gaylord, Wade Gaughran and Steve Miller, was pleased with recent testing of the two new Porsche 9ll GT3-R cars. The four drivers anticipate a successful debut of the new equipment in the Feb. 5-6 Rolex 24 hour challenge.
A second Porsche 9ll GT3-R prepared by builder Alex Job, will join Team Seattle in the 24 hour event with drivers Bruno Lambert, Mike Conte and Randy Pobst.
Reason why the fund raising effort has made history as the most successful ever team motor sports charity effort is simple. Sponsorship underwriting of the cars assures that the entire pledge amount truly does aid underprivileged children.
The hospital, located in Seattle, cares for needy youngsters throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Pledges may be made by visiting Team Seattle web site at www.teamseattle.com or by telephoning Barbara Koler at Children's Hospital 206-526-2l53, ext. 6928.