Helping Hands to Help Soule Racing Supermodified Effort in 2004 Oswego, NY - Soule Racing has fielded a supermodified with the International SuperModified Association (ISMA) since that organization began running sanctioned shows in 1976. It is...
Helping Hands to Help Soule Racing Supermodified Effort in 2004
Oswego, NY - Soule Racing has fielded a supermodified with the International SuperModified Association (ISMA) since that organization began running sanctioned shows in 1976. It is not a surprise, therefore, that they head the All-Time ISMA-Lucas Oil Point list. Soule Racing began as a backyard, low-buck team, doing much of its own fabricating and building of their supermodifieds, but never hesitating to help out a fellow competitor. While the team has continued their independence and dedication, they have also welcomed any help along the way. It is therefore appropriate that a new sponsor joins the team reflecting that philosophy of helping others, while working hard toward their own goals. Joining Soule Racing's list of sponsors this season will be Helping Hands of America, a private foundation that solicits tangible goods for donation with portions of all proceeds directly helping associated charities. That portion, incidentally, amounted to one million dollars in 2003!
Mike Jarrett, vice president and treasurer of Helping Hands of America, has past ties with northeast open wheel auto racing. He was manager of Mike's Truck Stop, owned by Mike Scrivani Sr. and Jr. who coincidentally fielded a NEMA midget, which Nick (Nokie) Fornoro, who now drives the Soule Racing number 32, just happened to drive to a championship title. "I've known Nokie for years," said Jarrett from his Wrentham, Mass. office recently, "I've renewed my old friendship with him and new NEMA president Mike Scrivani Jr. Resurrecting my past relationship with racing, I've decided to help out Nokie and the Soule Racing team in the ISMA-Lucas Oil super series and, on a limited basis, the number 2 midget of Don Berio this year. We're also going to back the NEMA point and trophy fund."
Fornoro, of Reeders, Penn., took over the ride in the Soule 32 last season and will drive full time on the ISMA-Lucas Oil circuit this season. He garnered one win at Lee USA Speedway for the team in 2003. The talented former midget pilot indicated that he was amazed at what he had heard about what his former racing friend, Jarrett, has done through his Helping Hands of America corporation. Fornoro, whose son has battled Hodgkin's disease, knows what these kind of charitable donations mean. "I was amazed at what Mike has given away, just amazed," said Fornoro on his way to help the team prepare the 32 for the approaching race shows. "His company will be a great sponsor for our team."
Jarrett, who ironically lived about five miles from the Soule family home and garage in Clay, NY some years ago, has actually yet to meet car owner Dan Soule in person, but he looks forward to seeing the whole team at the upcoming Racearama show in West Springfield, MA and the following weekend at the Motorsports Expo in Syracuse. "I've become familiar with supermodified racing by attending some New England area shows. He says that there are a lot of race fans in the Northeast and he's "one of them." He'll be assuredly following the progress of the Soule team throughout the season.
Soule also was anxious to meet his new sponsor. "I am excited, said Danny, whose father Jim started the family race team many years ago, "more so than ever to be able to have such a great sponsor joining us. I am really looking forward to this year."
While Helping Hands of America is a small for-profit corporation, it is growing. And, as Mike states, "As the company grows, so will the share that is donated to charity. Right now we are associated with three regional groups - the Lupus Foundation., Sacred Heart Community Missions and the Association of Blind Citizens, all based locally in Mass. "We are able to solicit all types of items such as cars, trucks, boats, RV's, art objects, estate property, real estate - any objects of value - on a nationwide basis," said Mike, "But right now we operate basically in the Northeast region. We can take a donated classic car from California or any valuable items from anywhere, for instance, but the cost of bringing those things here to sell is a little prohibitive right now. We are planning, building, expanding and growing at Helping Hands and we'll be able to donate more as that happens. It really gives you a great feeling to be able to help."
For more about Helping Hands of America - and how you might possibly donate items - check their website at www.helpinghandsofamerica.org or call 1-888-881-9090 (toll free).
Helping Hands of America joins Ken's Collision of Baldwinsville, NY, Nufast Fastening Systems, Dave's Body Shop, and Parker Sanitation Services as major sponsors on the Soule 32. Associates include F.K. Rod Ends, Fragola Performance Systems , Swain Technology and Jimmy D's Speed and Machine, who will take care of the team's motor program.