RACE: VIR SCCA event to benefit cancer

All-Star Senior Team Races at VIR to Benefit American Cancer Society Alton, Va. (November 1) -- Some of the most decorated champions of the sport will be competing in the SCCA North Carolina Region's Kumho Tires Charge of the Headlight...

All-Star Senior Team Races at VIR to Benefit American Cancer Society

Alton, Va. (November 1) -- Some of the most decorated champions of the sport will be competing in the SCCA North Carolina Region's Kumho Tires Charge of the Headlight Brigade 13-hour endurance race at VIRginia International Raceway this Saturday, November 4.

Five-time Le Mans 24-hour winner and two-time World Sports Car champion Derek Bell will join former champions Tony Adamowicz, Gene Felton and Buzz Marcus to raise awareness for the American Cancer Society. The team, known as Seniors for Survivors, will compete in a BSI Racing-owned and -prepared Mazda MX-5.

Paul Mears, Jr. of Mears Motorcoach of Orlando, Fla., will be the major sponsor of the Seniors for Survivors Racing Team. Other sponsors include Buzz Marcus, Hoosier Tires, Lavagraphix and Checkered Flag Motors.

"We hope that this team of racing legends will both raise money for cancer research and inspire race fans and drivers of all ages," says Buzz Marcus, team founder and cancer survivor. "The Seniors for Survivors Racing Team sincerely thanks Paul Mears, Jr. and the other sponsors for their generosity and support."

To date, the Seniors for Survivors Racing Team has raised $21,000 for Breast Cancer and Lymphoma research.

About the Drivers:

Derek Bell, 64, is a five-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a two-time World Sports Car Champion, a three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, a former Ferrari Formula 1 driver, former Porsche factory driver, a well-known TV sports personality and world spokesperson for Bentley Automobiles.

Gene Felton, 70, is a decorated IMSA and SCCA driver with 45 IMSA wins, four IMSA Championships and five SCCA Pro Racing wins. Felton has also won the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring as well as Manufacturers Championships for Buick and Chevrolet.

Tony Adamowicz, 65, a former Trans-Am and Formula 5000 champion, has competed in all forms of sports car racing including driving for Ferrari at Le Mans, competing in the Can-Am and Trans-Am series and driving in the Indy 500.

Buzz Marcus, 66, has won more than 50 races in his 45-year career. A three-time SCCA Champion, other notable wins include the first IMSA Six-Hour Enduro at Mid-Ohio and the Vineland Four-Hour in a Lola T70. Marcus has also competed in both the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring and is currently an instructor for Justin Bell Blue Planets Events.

To learn more about the event or to make a donation, visit this site on the World Wide Web: main.acsevents.org/site/TR?px=1435345&pg=personal&fr_id=2197&s_tafId=492

Tickets for the SCCA NCR Kumho Tires Charge of the Headlight Brigade are priced at $20, and will be available at the gate. VIR is a family-friendly facility, where children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Spectator camping is available.

VIRginia International Raceway is a multi-purpose road racing facility, located on the Dan River between Danville and South Boston, Virginia, just north of historic Milton, North Carolina. In addition to its 3.27 mile natural-terrain road racing circuit, VIR is the cornerstone of VIR Club, America's first motorsports country club; the VIR Raceplex Industrial Park; the VIR Gallery; Plantation Valley Kart Track, a 5/8 mile paved karting circuit; The Lodge at VIR, a 27-room trackside hotel; the new VIR Paddock Suites and Garages, with 18 dual-purpose hospitality/lodging units and garages; and the Oak Tree Tavern, a full-service restaurant located within the circa-1840 Plantation Clubhouse.

For more information, visit the track's Web site at www.virclub.com or contact VIR at 434-822-7700. For more information on the North Carolina Region of the SCCA, visit their website at www.ncrscca.com.

-credit: vir

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Series Charity , SCCA
Drivers Gene Felton , Justin Bell , Derek Bell , Tony Adamowicz