Godstone Ranch Motorsports and Texas Heart Institute Double Down at Miami-Homestead
Dallas, Texas - February 25, 2010 - Godstone Ranch Motorsports and Karen Garrett confirmed today LRPG and Banner Racing will run the #07 Corvette "heart" car at the Rolex Grand Prix of Miami dressed in the stunning victory red livery of the Texas Heart Institute. To punctuate the weekend's charity effort, Godstone Ranch announced it will also partner with Momentum Race Group of Dallas on the #05 Riley Camaro GS entry in the Continental Tire Homestead 200. Both entries will benefit Houston's Texas Heart Institute. Despite an early end to Godstone Ranch Motorsports' effort at the 2010 Rolex 24, the team's real success was measured by the overwhelming response to the "heart" car and the team's primary aim of highlighting Texas Heart Institute's groundbreaking stem cell research.
Le Mans champion, Indy star and two time Daytona 24 winner, Davy Jones, will kick off the weekend for Godstone and THI in the Continental Tire Homestead 200. Jones will share driver duties with his Godstone teammate, Rolex Pro-Am driver John McCutchen II. Race fans will then be treated to a Texas Heart Institute double-header by Grand-Am champion Paul Edwards and five time Daytona 200 winner Scott Russell who will cap off the weekend at the controls of the #07 Corvette heart car in the Rolex Grand Prix of Miami.
This marks the first time in recent past when a charity effort blanketed both Grand-Am series races on the same weekend. "We are so pleased with the amount of publicity Godstone Ranch and the heart car has brought to our institution," said Dr. Denton Cooley, founder of the 45-year old Texas Heart Institute. "Cardiovascular disease is so devastating," added Dr. Willerson, president of Texas Heart Institute. That's why we are so focused on our adult stem cell research to help counteract the effects of this disease. We rely on the generosity of donors to fund our programs. Godstone Ranch and the notoriety of Grand-Am stars like Davy Jones and Paul Edwards and Scott Russell are providing a way for us to deliver our message of real promise."
To learn more about how you can support the Texas Heart Institute, please visit www.godstoneranchmotorsports.com. You can also follow the team's progress with live updates at www.twitter.com/godstoneranch.
Davy Jones #05 Godstone Ranch Motorsports / Texas Heart Institute / Momentum / Camaro
"I am delighted to be back in a car for Grand-Am's Miami-Homestead weekend. The 07 Corvette's early retirement at the Rolex 24 did not dampen the Godstone Ranch team, but as a driver, you really want to reload after a character-building event and get right back into the next race! I am excited to be co-driving the Homestead 200 with John and introducing race fans once again to the great work being done by the Texas Heart Institute."
Paul Edwards #07 Banner Racing / Texas Heart Institute / Corvette
"Miami has obviously been very good to us in the past. Back to back wins in the Pontiac, a win in 06 in the GTO, now it's the Vette's turn. After the misfortunes the 24hr race handed to us, we really need to come back strong and win. Scott and I are very excited to get the Texas Heart Institute Corvette back on track and are focused at the task in hand. I believe the car will be better in all the tight corners with its shorter wheel base which is very important to get a good run onto the straights. It might lack a little stability though through 1 and 2 which was an area we were very strong last year. But overall I think we will have a better package and I know the team has been working very hard back at the shop and are more motivated than ever to gain some points back in the championship. Homestead always brings an action filled tight race and I am ready to get this season back underway."
Jordan Musser #06 Godstone Ranch Motorsports / Texas Heart Institute / Momentum/ Camaro
"Having Davy Jones in our car just adds to the credibility of our program which we can build on going forward. Momentum's aim is to associate itself with world-class drivers like Jeff Altenburg and Davy Jones and Pro-Am talent like John McCutchen. Pairing out team with an institution like Texas Heart Institute at the same time is exactly on point with our team's goals."
Karen Garrett Godstone Ranch Motorsports Founder/ Texas Heart Institute
"The build-up to the Rolex 24 was a lot of fun and a loving experience. At 2:36am looking at the heart car parked in the cold dark garage 16 at Daytona, I felt sad because it was all over. I am new to racing and didn't know how much love would pour in starting that very night with a chocolate kiss from the Daytona paddock gate keeper. Since then it's been like that! God is great. I am proud to be "Second".
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