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Hamilton Hopes To Make A Difference In The Rockies, Both On And Off The Track Albuquerque, NM-June 21, 1999- Davey Hamilton, driver of the ...

Hamilton Hopes To Make A Difference In The Rockies, Both On And Off The Track

Albuquerque, NM-June 21, 1999- Davey Hamilton, driver of the #9 Galles Racing Spinal Conquest, was a breath away from his first IRL victory at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs in 1998, and this year he wants to close the gap at the Radisson 200 on June 27.

Hamilton led 38 of the 200 laps at Pikes Peak in 1998, finishing 5th place after starting in the 7th position.

"We had a great race here last year. The car was hooked up and the team was awesome. We ran over some debris and lost our lead, but I still remember how great that effort felt," says Hamilton.

Hamilton and his Albuquerque based Galles Racing Crew tested in Pikes Peak just two weeks ago and is very confident in their set up for the weekend.

"It was close when we were testing, and I think that will make the racing great. I think most everyone will just be flat out, which will bring it all down to talent. The team is finally in a good groove, and we are extremely focused for this race," says Hamilton.

In addition to racing on the track, Hamilton, will be among the 5 IRL drivers racing in the parking lot at the 1999 Children's Hospital Remote Control Celebrity Media Event on September 24.

Hamilton will participate in the event from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. with Children from the Oncology Unit, and then head off to visit with children suffering from paralysis in the Hospital. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Children's Hospital, and all media are invited to attend.

"Being in the hospital can be terrifying for adults, let alone children. I hope that my visit on Thursday will help cheer some kids up, as well as give the paralysis victims some encouragement that there are people out there trying to help them," says Hamilton.

Hamilton's sponsor, Spinal Conquest, is a Spinal Cord Injury Foundation utilizing its motorsports sponsorship to raise funding and awareness for Spinal Cord Research.

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