St. Louis Region to host benefit

"Drive Around" to Benefit Gavin Sloan, Son of Slain St. Louis Police Officer Nick Sloan St. Louis, MO - The St. Louis Region, Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) will host a charity "drive around" to benefit 17-month-old Gavin Sloan, son of ...

"Drive Around" to Benefit Gavin Sloan, Son of Slain St. Louis Police Officer Nick Sloan

St. Louis, MO - The St. Louis Region, Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) will host a charity "drive around" to benefit 17-month-old Gavin Sloan, son of dedicated and well-loved St. Louis City Police Officer Nick Sloan on Sunday, May 2 at Gateway International Raceway. Sloan was slain during an undercover drug purchase as part of the federal "Weed and Seed" program in January of this year. He was just 24 years old.

The "drive around" allows those in attendance to take a street licensed "daily driver" around the 1.6 mile road course for a minimum $10 donation per car load behind a pace car with all occupants securely restrained with seat belts. The "drive around", set to take place during the Sunday lunch break, gives the passengers a "driver's-eye view" of sports car racing. All of the money collected will be donated to the trust fund for Gavin.

Officer Sloan had always wanted to be a police officer like his father, Sgt. Terrence Sloan. He had been a police officer for only two years when he was fatally wounded with his own gun. Besides his father, he is survived by his mother Chris, and of course, his young son, Gavin. Tim Finley, a St. Louis Region Board Member and Chairman of this fundraiser, said, "Many of our 800 members live or work in St. Louis or spend time there for entertainment. We all appreciate what police officers do by putting their lives on the line every day and we want to show our appreciation and community spirit by helping Nick's son."

The "drive-around" is only part of the second of four road racing weekends that St. Louis Region will hold at the Madison, IL speedplant (located at the intersection of I-55/70 and IL Hwy 203) this year. The "Spring Fling" two-day event will feature regional level competition on Saturday and national level competition on Sunday. There are 22 national-level racing classes in Club Racing (and 12 -- 15 more regional level classes) that will be grouped into six races. Qualifying will take place in the morning beginning at 8 a.m. each day, followed by a lunch break (at approximately 11 a.m.), and then the six race groups.

Admission to the weekend of Club Racing is free and open to the public. Club Racing vehicles will fall into one of eight basic categories: formula cars (open-wheeled, purpose-built racing cars), sports racing cars (these are also purpose-built, but with wheels and tires under bodywork), production cars (factory built cars with the body/frame, engine, and drive train originally supplied by the manufacturer), GT cars (also production-based, but allowed to conceal specially built racing chassis underneath their bodies), showroom stock and touring cars (cars as they come off the dealers lot with only safety modifications), American sedans (slightly older American "muscle cars"), improved touring cars (regional-only classes which allows older showroom stock and touring cars to compete), and "spec" classes (that use only a specific type or model of car to emphasize driver skill and not mechanical advantages).

The SCCA is comprised of 110 regions throughout the U.S. St. Louis Region hosts competition events in all five forms of motorsports offered by the SCCA. They will hold a total of four Club Racing events at GIR, a 12 event Solo II series (single-car, timed events around pylons on asphalt), a six event Road Rally series (participants use their "daily driver" on public roads, in a test of driving and navigational skill that do not require high speed, but precise driving and control of speed to win), a six event RallyCross series (the same as a Solo II event, only on dirt), and two Performance Rallies, the 100 Acre Wood and Trespassers Wil, both held in late February, (involving both controlled driving on open public roads with high-speed "special stages" on closed public roads).

Additional information on the St. Louis Region is available on their website at www.stlscca.org.

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