Highcroft Racing on Brabham's Celebrity NEC kart event

PATRON HIGHCROFT, BRABHAM AND TEAM USA YOUNG GUNS READY TO BATTLE MALARIA BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, Wednesday, 13 January, 2009: David Brabham and Patron Highcroft Racing will be joined by some of America's motorsport stars of the future in the...

PATRON HIGHCROFT, BRABHAM AND TEAM USA YOUNG GUNS READY TO BATTLE MALARIA

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, Wednesday, 13 January, 2009: David Brabham and Patron Highcroft Racing will be joined by some of America's motorsport stars of the future in the battle against malaria in England this Friday.

Patron Highcroft Racing raised more than $63,000 last season through the Miles to End Malaria campaign. For every mile David Brabham and the Highcroft squad completed last season, the more mosquito nets were purchased to battle malaria in Africa.

Brabham has now become a Special Ambassador for Malaria No More UK and Brabham's Celebrity Karting Challenge primarily aims to raise awareness and funds for the British arm of the charity at Autosport International 2010 this Friday in Birmingham.

Brabham will be joined by some of the leading stars in international motorsport including Allan McNish, Emanuele Pirro, Guy Smith, Marino Franchitti, Johnny Mowlem, Paul Drayson, Johnny Cocker and Rob Bell.

But now, some of America's future stars will get the chance to do battle against their heroes thanks to Patron Highcroft Racing's Duncan Dayton's support of the Road Racing Driver's Club Team USA Scholarship concept.

The Team USA Young Guns will combine to form a four-man team for the mini endurance event. The squad will feature Conor Daly, who finished third in the 2009 Star Mazda Championship; winner of the 2009 Walter Hayes Trophy, Connor De Phillippi; 2008 Formula Ford Festival Champion, Josef Newgarden; and Patrick Barrett, winner of the 2007 Pacific F2000 Championship.

Dayton has been a long-time supporter of the Team USA concept that has helped launch the careers of the likes of Jimmy Vasser, Bryan Herta, Buddy Rice and AJ Allmendinger.

"We're very proud to have helped the Team USA program over the years and to have the guys participate in Brabs' charity event is a great extension of that concept," Dayton said.

"It is the perfect link for us because it also fits in perfectly with Highcroft's efforts to help Malaria No More.

"The Team USA guys have done an outstanding job in their races in the UK over the past couple of years and I am sure Conor, Connor, Josef and Patrick are going to want to continue that success this week.

"I'm sure it won't be the last time you'll see these names doing battle against the established stars. These guys have big futures ahead of them."

Each team in the Celebrity Karting challenge features two members of the public who paid GBP300 to participate. Only a few seats remain for Friday's event. The entry fee includes two tickets to Autosport International on what is an exclusive trade day. Contact Bill Williams at bill@racing4charity.com or call +44 (0)7712 578263.

One of the largest motorsport trade shows in the world, Autosport International is staged every year in January with Brabham's Racing 4 Charity karting race being an annual highlight.

"To be able to attract America's most promising young drivers is a real indication of how the Celebrity Karting Challenge has grown in stature in recent years," Brabham said.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Duncan for many years and I have the utmost respect for him, not just as Patron Highcroft's Team Principal but for his tireless work with the RRDC to help the next generation of American champions."

Live commentary of the karting event will be broadcast online by John Hindhaugh and the Radio Le Mans team from 11:15am (US Eastern) / 4:15pm (UK time) on http://www.radiolemans.com. Live timing will also be available online at http://www.tsl-timing.com.

This week's Autosport Show will also reveal the identity of the third driver who will accompany Brabham and Simon Pagenaud aboard the Patron Highcroft Racing ARX-01c in 2010. Team owner Duncan Dayton will join his new driver on the Autosport Stage on Friday at 10:30am.

Following Autosport International, Brabham, Pagenaud and their new teammate will head for Patron Highcroft Racing's headquarters in Danbury, CT for a seat-fitting for the newly revised Honda Performance Development, factory-backed chassis.

Pre-season testing for the team will kick of in Florida at the end of the month.

-source: patron highcroft racing

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Series Charity
Drivers Duncan Dayton , David Brabham , Allan McNish , Guy Smith , Jimmy Vasser , Bryan Herta , Rob Bell , Buddy Rice , Johnny Mowlem , Simon Pagenaud , Paul Drayson , Patrick Barrett , Conor Daly , Emanuele Pirro
Teams Williams