Team Seattle racing for Children's Hospital at Rolex 24

SEATTLE, Wash. (December 19, 2002) -- Team Seattle, comprised of seven Seattle-area race car drivers, will contest the 2003 Rolex 24 At Daytona, February 1-2, as a benefit for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. The team...

SEATTLE, Wash. (December 19, 2002) -- Team Seattle, comprised of seven Seattle-area race car drivers, will contest the 2003 Rolex 24 At Daytona, February 1-2, as a benefit for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. The team will field identically prepared Nissan-powered Lola race cars in the SRP II class in the classic twice-around-the-clock event at Daytona International Speedway.

The seven Seattle drivers include returning veterans Don Kitch Jr., Wade Gaughran, Dave Gaylord, Ross Bentley, Peter MacLeod and new drivers Joe and Justin Pruskowski. Primary corporate sponsors currently committed to the effort include: Shred-it and Strobe Data. Additional support will come from Cintas Corporation, Barrier Motors, Park Place LTD, Ubermind, Oakwerth Arabians, and Talking Rain.

The cars will be prepared and managed by Michael Gue and Tony Dowe of Essex Racing in Atlanta, Georgia.

Team Seattle has made racing history over the last six years, garnering a total of more than $1.2 million for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. Team Seattle raises money through per lap pledges from individuals and corporations. In 2003 the team expects to complete 700 laps and bring home $250,000 to benefit the hospital.

Founded in 1907, Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center is the premier regional pediatric care center in the Pacific Northwest, with national prominence for its clinical expertise and affiliation with the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital's mission is to provide excellent patient care, state-of the-art education and research, and highly credible advocacy on behalf of the health care needs of children in Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

Team Seattle was founded in 1997 by Seattle race car driver Don Kitch, Jr. "In 1997 this was supposed to be a one-off deal to raise $60,000 for the kids. Here we are preparing for 2003, having raised over $1.2 million for the hospital. Who would have dreamed!" stated Kitch.

To make a pledge to Team Seattle, please visit their web site at www.teamseattle.com or call Barbara Koler directly at Children's Hospital (206) 368-4877.

First round qualifying for the 41st Rolex 24 At Daytona will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30, with the classic race beginning on Saturday, Feb. 1 and ending on Sunday, Feb. 2. Tickets are currently on sale for the 41st Rolex 24 At Daytona and may be purchased by calling the Speedway ticket office at 386-253-RACE.

Additional information about the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.

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