S&H Motorsports, Tim Horton Children's Foundation Aim High For Michigan BROOKLYN, Mi (Tuesday, June 13, 2006) - - You thought Kentucky was a big weekend for S&H Motorsports, Michigan proves to be even bigger. When the ARCA RE/MAX Series rolls...
S&H Motorsports, Tim Horton Children's Foundation Aim High For Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mi (Tuesday, June 13, 2006) - - You thought Kentucky was a big weekend for S&H Motorsports, Michigan proves to be even bigger. When the ARCA RE/MAX Series rolls into Michigan International Speedway, Howard Bixman and his S&H Motorsports crew will have a lot of eyes on him and for good reason, it's a hometown event
The team was able to get their feet wet this season after posting a very respectable 23rd place finish last month at Kentucky Speedway. Since then, the crew has dedicated time and effort into preparing this car into one of the best ever to come from their stable.
For the second time this season, the S&H Motorsports team will proudly promote the Tim Horton Children's Foundation.
The Children's Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to providing a fun-filled camp environment for children from economically disadvantaged homes. Every year, local children are selected from each of the communities in which a Tim Horton's store operates, giving thousands of children the opportunity to attend one of their camps. The camp experience is designed to give children confidence in their abilities, pride in their accomplishments, and the chance to gain a positive view of this world and their future in it.
"We are very excited about our chances this weekend," said driver Howard Bixman. "The Tim Horton Children's Foundation is back again this weekend and the entire team is committed to bypass our top-25 finish at Kentucky and gather a top-ten finish for them this weekend."
The Tim Horton Children's Foundation is dedicated to fostering within children the quest for a brighter future and that means a lot to Bixman, a father of three. "The Children's Foundation provides the children with a way of making sure their future is bright and successful and that's what we need today. These children are our future and the organization is doing everything in their power to make them the leaders of the future, it's very powerful."
In 2005, over 10,000 children attended the foundation's six camps. The Children were selected from within the community of each Tim Horton's store. Each year, local Tim Horton's store owners work in conjunction with local schools, clubs and youth agencies to find camp participants who are between the ages of nine and 12 years old.
The foundation has five impressive camps in Canada, however in 2001 Tim Horton's expanded its efforts and goals by opening their first camp in the United States. Tim Horton Camp Kentahten in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
"The foundation received some much needed and welcomed exposure at Kentucky and our goal this weekend is to try to bring even more attention to the community and race fans. We couldn't have picked a better series to bring the Tim Horton Children's Foundation to. The ARCA RE/MAX Series stands behind us in what we are doing and we appreciate that," continued Bixman.
The Tim Horton Children's Foundation relies on financial support from individuals, community groups and organizations. The Tim Horton's chain is their largest supporter with its annual Camp Day event and the coin boxes located in all stores. The Foundation also hosts fundraising golf tournaments. In addition you can donate to the charity by visiting the official site at http://www.timhortonchildrensfoundation.com It is thanks to their many friends and donors that they help so many children each year.
With the above being said, giving back is nothing new to S&H Motorsports and the team will step it up once again at MIS by donating 50% of their race winnings from the race to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation. "Every little bit helps," mentioned Bixman. "The more we can give the more children will be allowed to experience a lifetime. This is a small token from us to the camp to help with this wonderful and inspiring cause."
SandHMotorsports.com will have a donation link available for anyone who would like to donate to this honorable charity. The team is asking support from race fans all over the United States and Canada to donate a minimum of $1.00 towards this year's camp experiences. Earlier this year, S&H Motorsports started the donations off with a check for $2,500.00. "It's no secret that race fans are very loyal and Michigan fans are some of the best in the country. We're hoping to get out to the infield, motor home and even the stands and make everyone aware of what a difference they can make by giving up some change."
"Michigan is a very special race to everyone on this team," says Bixman. "Everyone is from here, the team is from here and many of our marketing partners are based here. We want to do well, the race is televised and I feel that everything will fall into place."
In addition to Tim Horton Children's Foundation, Faygo, Permanent Floor Coatings, Deka Batteries, Richardson Racing Products, Ford Racing, Penske Shocks, Lincoln Welders, Port City Racing, S&H Contracting, Disposal Express, NGK Spark Plugs, Stanley Industries and The Casite Company will all serve as associate marketing partners for the first of two events from Michigan International Speedway this season.
"As we mentioned earlier this week, we've tapped Faygo as an associate marketing partner this weekend and we're thrilled about it. They've been in the Detroit area since the early 1900s and it's truly an honor to represent a company of their caliber this weekend."
"We have a lot of great marketing partners, it's a great lineup. The Kentucky race was a good race for us, but there is more out of this team. Our marketing partners deserve the best and trust me we are doing everything in our power to give them 100%. It's important for us to keep some momentum going as we are already starting to look ahead to 2007. A top-ten finish on Friday night would leave us anticipating an even stronger 2006 season."
S&H Motorsports will run a limited ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule this year with a 2005 Ford Taurus acquired from Robert Yates Racing with Roush Racing providing the horsepower under the hood continuing with this week's Hantz Group 200.
Last month, the S&H Motorsports team spent a day testing at the two-mile facility in preparation for the race. The team turned respectable lap times leaving them with plenty of confidence heading into race weekend. "The test went better than expected. We were trying some new adjustments during the session and the car reacted. When we unload this weekend, the car will be completely different from the test, but for the better. Bring on Michigan is the slogan the team has been using the last couple of weeks," concluded Bixman.