WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 6, 2003) -- Every time the Brumos Racing Daytona Prototypes take a lap around the track during a Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race, they are making a difference in the fight for a cure for juvenile diabetes. Both the No. 58 Red Bull Porsche and the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche display a decal on their cars to help create awareness for the disease.
Brumos Racing owner Bob Snodgrass has generously allowed the decals on his cars free of charge. "Real estate on a race car can be very expensive, especially on a top-running race car," he said. The two Brumos machines are currently first and second in the point standings and have made a total of four trips to Victory Lane so far this year.
Snodgrass serves with Hank Kimball, of Elmira, N.Y., on the board of the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen. Kimball's five-year-old daughter, Allison, has the disease. When Kimball was looking for assistance to create awareness of the disease, Snodgrass didn't hesitate to do what he could.
"When Hank contacted me asking for help, I told him that if he could get us the decals for both cars and our transporter, we'd happily put them on to help increase awareness," Snodgrass said.
The decals have been on the cars since the Rolex 24 At Daytona in February and will continue to be on the cars throughout the season. The decal is a single sneaker, a modified version of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's logo, placed on the rear fender.
"With the teams traveling around the county and the television coverage they get, we can reach tens of thousands of people and hopefully make them aware of juvenile diabetes, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure," said Kimball.
"It's been a great vehicle, no pun intended, to make people aware of juvenile diabetes," he continued.
According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, people with juvenile diabetes are insulin dependent and must take insulin many times a day to stay alive. Insulin levels are checked six or more times during the day and a strict diet must be followed. Only insulin shots control the disease, but it is not a cure. For information on juvenile diabetes, please visit the foundation's website at www.jdf.org or call 800-533-2873.
Snodgrass will return to his hometown of Elmira this week, and his pair of Porsches will be on track at nearby Watkins Glen International in the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 on Friday.
The Bully Hill Vineyards 250 will begin following Winston Cup qualifying for the SIRIUS at The Glen on Friday, August 8. Tickets to the Bully Hill Vineyards 250, as well as the entire NASCAR Winston Cup SIRIUS at The Glen event weekend, are available online at www.theglen.com.
For more information on the Rolex Series, visit www.grandamerican.com.