Grand American Road Racing Association Continues Relationship with Camp Boggy Creek in 2005
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 25, 2005) -- Officials from the Grand American Road Racing Association and Camp Boggy Creek today announced the continuation of their relationship for 2005, once again making Camp Boggy Creek a proud charity of Grand American.
Since the organization's first season of racing in 2000, Grand American has partnered with Camp Boggy Creek to help raise funds for Florida's seriously ill children. In 2005, Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup Series teams are being encouraged to support camper scholarships, and as was also the case in 2004, all fines levied during the 2005 season will be directed to support the camp. Many Rolex Series drivers--including Daytona Prototype champions Max Papis and Terry Borcheller, and sports car racing legend Hurley Haywood--have visited the camp within the past year.
"We are extremely proud to support Camp Boggy Creek once again in 2005," said Grand American President Roger Edmondson. "I have had the privilege to visit the camp on more than one occasion, and it is truly inspiring to see the wonderful program that Camp Boggy Creek provides to the children. I encourage all of our drivers and teams to do whatever they can to support the camp as well."
Camp Boggy Creek was founded in 1989 by Academy Award-winning actor and accomplished racer Paul Newman. The 232-acre camp in Eustis, Fla. helps children between the ages of seven and 16 to better cope with chronic or life-threatening illnesses, offering week-long programs throughout the summer and weekend programs for families in the spring and fall months free of charge. The camp is part of Newman's Association of Hole In The Wall Camps.
Newman and co-drivers Michael Brockman--a Camp Boggy Creek board member since its inception--Cristiano da Matta and Sebastien Bourdais will be supporting the camp while sharing the No. 79 Newman Racing/Silverstone Racing Ford Crawford in the 43rd Rolex 24 At Daytona on the weekend of February 3-6 at Daytona International Speedway.
"What can I say? I'm delighted, I'm encouraged, I'm very grateful for it," said Newman about the commitment from Grand American. "As you know, my two passions are giving a camp experience to sick children and racing. But I'm concerned about this fine thing. Cristiano and Sebastien and Michael could go out there and just hit everybody, and I have to pick up the tab for it. I'll have to take a closer look at that."
Additional information about Camp Boggy Creek is available at www.BoggyCreek.org or by calling 866-Go-Boggy.
Tickets for the Feb. 5-6 Rolex 24 At Daytona are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
The Grand American Road Racing Association, which sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series, is one of the fastest growing motorsports organizations in the United States. The 14-race 2005 Rolex Series schedule and the 11-race Grand-Am Cup calendar will deliver professional sports car racing to many key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED Channel and distributed globally through ESPN International. With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA, the Rolex Sports Car Series showcases emerging and legendary drivers from around the globe and thoroughbred racing machines from the industry's leading constructors and the world's top automobile manufacturers. Learn more about Grand American at www.grandamerican.com.