Smiles Were Still Present For Chili Pepper Racing/Trenton Forging/Autosport Development Despite The Crash In Turn One Of Round Three.
If you walked by the Chili Pepper Racing/Trenton Forging/Autosport Development hospitality tent on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18, you would have never known that the No. 24 car crashed in turn 1. The tent was filled with smiling faces of children and families of The Lighthouse Family Retreat.
This the third consecutive year that Chili Pepper Racing has hosted The Lighthouse Family Retreat at Road Atlanta, and every year it gets better. With the addition of slot car racing, the children got their chance at racing the professional race car drivers such as, James Clay, Matt Richmond, Seth Thomas, Stu Hayner, Jim Osborn, and the famous announcer Tom Hnatiw. The children also got to be a part of the flag ceremony for both the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car race and the opening ceremony for the ALMS race.
Thanks to Brian Skuza and the staff of Road Atlanta, David Moxlow of Autosport Development and all the others who contributed toward this event, The Lighthouse was presented a check for $6,000.00 toward this years retreats'. Melinda Mayton, founder of The Lighthouse Family Retreat, announced this weekend that in the last 3 years, Chili Pepper Racing has raced over $40,000.00.
This was part one of two charity events that Chili Pepper Racing/Autosport Development will be hosting for The Lighthouse Family Retreat. The second event will be hosted October 1-2, 2005 at the Petit Le Mans race. Following the event, Chili Pepper Racing/Autosport Development with help of Trenton Forging and Road Atlanta, will also be hosting the annual Post Petit Le Mans Motorcycle Charity Ride.
The Post Petit Le Mans Motorcycle Charity Ride is an annual motorcycle ride where fans get a chance to ride thru the twisties of North Georgia with some of their favorite race car drivers to raise money for the children of The Lighthouse Family Retreat. If interested in signing up for the charity ride or for information on donations, please visit us at www.chilipepperracing.org.
* The Lighthouse Family Retreat is a seaside family retreat established in December 1999 to serve families caring for children with cancer. Melinda Mayton's, founder of Lighthouse Family Retreat, purpose is to provide a place of hope and renewal to families facing fear and challenges most of us will never experience. The retreat is a way to allow the children and family to escape for a week of fun and rejuvenation. The program is designed to reconnect families, strengthen parents, bring laughter to children, and find hope in God. The vision of Lighthouse Family Retreat is to host 12 to 18 retreat
* T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital is part of the Erlanger Health system and is a level-one trauma center. Located in the Tennessee Valley of Chattanooga, TN. T.C. Thompson does not only serve the Tennessee area but also those living in North Alabama, East Tennessee, North Georgia and Western North Carolina. The hospital serves as a teaching facility for the University of Tennessee School of Medicine.