Charity race kicks off 2003 season: Frank Launi, Alex Penfold and James Hinchcliffe race for a cause. BRAMPTON, ON Three top drivers from the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship presented by Toronto Star Wheels got their season off to ...
Charity race kicks off 2003 season:
Frank Launi, Alex Penfold and James Hinchcliffe race for a cause.
BRAMPTON, ON Three top drivers from the Sunoco Ron Fellows Karting Championship presented by Toronto Star Wheels got their season off to an early start as they took part in the BARC (British Auto Racing Club) charity race for Huntington's Disease at Formula Kartways in Brampton on March 22.
The team raised $1000 for the charity with the help of Sunoco, Ron Fellows and ASN Canada FIA and it was Fellows who helped hand pick the team. "To be picked is a definite honour," James Hinchcliffe, a SRFKC Formula Junior driver said. "We had a pretty good run, and even though we were second, the main thing was help a good cause and represent Sunoco and Ron Fellows well."
Alex Penfold, who is one of the top Formula Senior drivers, was also happy to be part of the Huntington's race. "It was fun, but tough. We were right at the front all race." Showing a good team spirit, Myke Penfold, Alex's father filled in on Team Shortt, who was a driver 'short' of a full team. Late in the race, son passed father - without contact - in what was an incident free race.
The final member of the team, Hot Wheels FV1200 and Formula Senior driver Frank Launi echoed his teammates comments on being picked for the team. "I was scheduled to race in Charlotte last weekend and then go straight to Florida for the SKUSA opener. When I heard Fellows picked me for the team, there was no way I was going to miss this after all he and Sunoco have done for us here in Ontario karting." Launi said before the event.
The winner of the race was the Huntington's Disease charity, who are well on their way to achieving their goal of $25,000 raised for the weekend.
The objective of the SRFKC is to help foster a professional environment for kart drivers; help create a positive attitude towards appearance, conduct and discipline; help foster the employment of the best practices for the safe and fair running of competitions; and help kart drivers to move up the racing ladder to automobile racing.
At the end of the season, two drivers will be selected from each of the four classes plus the two drivers from the ASN Canadian National Championships will be invited to a one-day evaluation test at the Bridgestone/Firestone Racing Academy at Mosport, provided they are 16 years of age prior to the date of the test. Out of those 10 drivers, two will earn a full scholarship to the 2004 Bridgestone/Firestone Toronto Star Wheels F2000 racing series.