Rallycross Racers at New Jersey Motorsports Park Embrace Make-A-Wish Foundation Families
Millville, NJ (August 31, 2010) The celebrated stars of RallyCar U.S. Championship Rallycross and their team members joined together this past weekend in providing a heartwarming welcome to three Make-A-Wish Foundation guests whose dreams have been to meet their racing idols and see a rallycross racing event up close and personal.
David Lespinasse and his mother from Elizabeth NJ; Dan Christiana of Slippery Rock PA, along with his parents; and Jasmine Spencer of Michigan, her brother and sister Jordan and Ashley, and mother Janet Leaber were greeted upon arrival by track officials and Green Flag Committee volunteers.
X Games Superstars Travis Pastrana, David Mirra, Tanner Foust, and their fellow racers and crews arose as one in welcoming these three young Make-A-Wish Foundation guests to the Inaugural Rallycross event in the United States at New Jersey Motorsports Park's Lightning Raceway. The guests and their families were provided full access to the race preparation areas and driver's meetings with the drivers and teams, and had many pictures taken and souvenirs autographed. The impact upon these special young people with life threatening illnesses was well summarized by Jasmine Spencer's observation that, "This is a day I will never forget!"
"It is certainly uplifting to see such an outpouring of support for these challenged young people," observed track official Donald Fauerbach, "but it is in no way surprising. Racing is very much a multi-generational family affair which has a proud tradition of caring for its own when illness and injuries occur. Taking time away from their hectic race preparation schedules to welcome these young fans and offering support in a time of need certainly reveals the character of the racing community in general and our many participants this weekend."
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation? has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its special wish-granting network of nearly 25,000 volunteers.