MX-5: Danny Sullivan event summary

Even With A Spin, Danny Sullivan Wins....For The Animals Indy Champ Raises Money for the SPCA for Monterey County Twenty five years ago this month, Danny Sullivan solidified his place in motorsports history with his famous "spin and win" in the...

Even With A Spin, Danny Sullivan Wins....For The Animals
Indy Champ Raises Money for the SPCA for Monterey County

Twenty five years ago this month, Danny Sullivan solidified his place in motorsports history with his famous "spin and win" in the 1985 Indy 500. This past weekend, Danny competed in another race, this one on behalf of his favorite non-profit. On Sunday, Danny drove in the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup race at Mazda Raceway in support of the SPCA for Monterey County.

Danny agreed to participate with one condition: that it not be a mere PR stunt cash donations to the SPCA for Monterey County would be required. The response was strong from both racing fans and animal welfare advocates. Over $7,000 was secured before the green flag dropped on Sunday afternoon and donations are still being accepted for "Pet Crew" T-shirts (available at SPCAmc.org/ petcrew.htm).

Danny also donated his Mazda provided Sparco nomex suit with custom SPCA for Monterey County graphics to be used as an auction item.

The actual race weekend was mixed for Danny. Prior commitments prevented him from being available for a key practice session. Despite that he qualified a strong 14th and impressed the team with his technical feedback. During the race, a mishap caused him to spin and lose valu- able time. Luck was not in his favor as the race remained green from flag-to-flag. While unable to challenge for a podium finish, Danny was the consummate professional and reeled off lap after lap of times that rivaled the leaders. While officially retired as a driver, his skills remain sharp and he just missed a last lap pass by .22 seconds. A true champion for the animals.

Special thanks go to Danny & Brenda Sullivan, MAZDASPEED Motorsports, BFGoodrich, Sparco, SCCA Pro Racing, Dyson Racing, Team MER, David Walker, Jeff Mosing, Al Merion, Deanna Brooks, Pilar Lastra, Jeff Case, and The SPCA for Monterey County volunteers for contributing to the success of this program.

The SPCA also named 16 adoptable pets after The SPCA for Monterey County drivers and Mazda icons. To date, four have been adopted including Champ, named for Danny Sullivan; Nick, named for MX-5 Cup racer Nick Evans; Ara, named for MX-5 cup racer Ara Malkhassian; and Zoom-Zoom, named for the Mazda philosophy.

The SPCA for Monterey County is a nonprofit, independent, donor-supported humane society that has been serving the animals and people of Monterey County since 1905. The SPCA is not a chapter of any other agency and does not have a parent organization. They shelter homeless, neglected and abused pets and livestock, provide humane education, investigate animal cruelty, rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife, aid domestic animals in distress, and so much more. Online at www.SPCAmc.org.

-source: mazda

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Series SCCA
Drivers Danny Sullivan , Ara Malkhassian , Jeff Mosing
Teams Dyson Racing