Lyons National Bank and Branich Racing for Kids.

Williamson, NY - Williamson-based Branich Motorsports, with veteran NASCAR modified driver Jan Leaty, is preparing for the 2003 racing season. In addition to on-track activities, Branich will again promote its "Racing for Kids" program.

Branich Motorsports is pleased to announce that Lyons National Bank will renew their sponsorship of the "Racing for Kids" program in 2003. With its central office located in Lyons, New York, Lyons National Bank has several branch locations throughout Wayne County and adjacent areas, and is able to provide full service banking needs with a personalized, small town flavor.

"Racing for Kids" was developed by Branich in 1998 to use the sport of automobile racing, one of the top spectator sports in the United States today, as an aid for teaching. When the program began, team members and elementary school teachers developed a custom curriculum using some aspect of racing to teach a variety of grade-appropriate topics. Presented by team members either at a specific school or onsite at the Branich racing facility, the children attend a didactic session, and then they have a chance to look at the car up close, ask questions and interact with team members. At the end of the tour they are provided pictures for coloring and team autograph cards.

The "Racing for Kids" team has visited Wayne and Monroe County schools, and more recently has worked with local Cub Scout packs and participated in Pinewood Derby events. In 2002, the "Racing for Kids" program teamed up with the Williamson (NY) Rotary Club for a presentation to the disabled children of Camp Onseyawa, in Ovid, NY.

The team visits are always enthusiastically received by the kids and teachers alike, and are equally rewarding and enjoyable for team members. To date, "Racing for Kids" has been used to teach pattern recognition for kindergartners, aspects of teamwork and safety to second graders, and the science of simple machines and advertising to fifth graders.

For more information about Branich Motorsports and the Racing for Kids program and its sponsor, visit the respective websites at and