Team Seattle, Synergy Racing 2007 fundraiser

Team Seattle partners with Synergy Racing to raise money for Seattle Children's Hospital at 2007 Rolex 24 $140,000 in pledges already received with race still four months away ALTON, Va. (September 2 9, 2006) -- Philanthropic racing group ...

Team Seattle partners with Synergy Racing to raise money for Seattle Children's Hospital at 2007 Rolex 24

$140,000 in pledges already received with race still four months away

ALTON, Va. (September 2 9, 2006) -- Philanthropic racing group Team Seattle will partner with Synergy Racing for its 11th annual run in the Rolex 24 At Daytona to raise funds for Seattle Children's Hospital. To date, the team has generated $2.1 million for the hospital, and this year it plans to campaign two Synergy Racing Porsche GT3 Cup entries in hopes of raising a record $500,000 for the Kami Renee Sutton Pediatric Cardiac ICU at Children's Hospital.

Though the Rolex 24 is still four months away, Team Seattle already has a jump on its fundraising efforts. David Bingham and Park Place Motors Ltd., of Bellevue, Wash., have pledged one million dollars from The Bingham Family Foundation to Children's Hospital over the next 10 years. The Team Seattle Guild will receive $500,000, beginning with a $100,000 donation for the upcoming 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Additionally, Jim and Laureen Bosler, who own Bosler Racing in the Grand-Am Cup Series, have already pledged $40,000 to the 2007 effort, bringing their total support to $200,000 over the past three years.

"David Bingham is a founding member of our Team Seattle Guild," said Don Kitch, founder and driver for Team Seattle. "Team Seattle's start happened at Park Place Motors Ltd. with the support of the Bingham family. They have always been there with us so this latest commitment of one million dollars is further proof of their strong belief in our cause for the kids."

"Jim and Laureen Bosler have been personally touched by Children's Hospital in the care of their daughter, Elaina," continued Kitch. "They are racing people who also believe in our campaign. Their personal support, exceeding $200,000.00 the past three years, validates their feeling for what we are trying to accomplish here."

Team Seattle's effort is also reliant on the generous support of corporate sponsors. This year's pair of Synergy Racing Porsches will carry the decals of Who's Calling, Home Street Bank, Kid's Country Learning Centers, Microsoft and Park Place Ltd.

Six drivers have been confirmed for Team Seattle's 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona effort including veterans Kitch, Dave Gaylord, Chris Pallis, Chris Pennington and Don Pickering and newcomer Hal Hilton.

"We are honored Team Seattle has chosen to partner with Synergy Racing again," said Cole Scrogham, Synergy Racing team co-owner. "We've truly enjoyed working with Don and the Team Seattle group over the past two years. Not only are they are wonderful group of people, but they are working for a tremendous cause."

"Obviously, this is a very big year for Team Seattle," noted Kitch. "Opportunity exists for a great result. When there is this much on the line, a team that performs like Synergy is the only choice. Synergy and Team Seattle together will get it done for the kids."

Additional information on Team Seattle, as well as information on how to make per-lap or lump sum pledges for the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona, can be found online at www.teamseattle.com.

The Rolex 24 At Daytona will be held at Daytona International Speedway, January 27-28. Tickets are already on sale for the event and can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

-credit: sr

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Series Charity , Grand-Am
Drivers Hal Hilton , Chris Pallis , Chris Pennington , David Bingham , Cole Scrogham