Links to the pledge form at www.racerpartswholesale.com are encouraged! Thank you!) INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 25 Â Fans can be a part of the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Feb. 3-4 Â and contribute to a...
Links to the pledge form at www.racerpartswholesale.com are encouraged! Thank you!) INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 25 Fans can be a part of the 2001 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Feb. 3-4 and contribute to a worthy cause through Racer Parts Wholesale's Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona "Race-a-thon."
The Indianapolis-based racing parts company is noted for its 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week ordering capabilities. It's using that state-of-the-art technology and its sponsorship of the Supreme Exhaust System Products/Racer Parts Wholesale Riley & Scott Chevy #95 to help raise funds for Racing for Kids. That 501(c)3 not-for-profit foundation has spearheaded visits by celebrity race car drivers to over 11,000 children in over 150 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Australia since 1990, and it has also raised over $1.8 million for various children's hospitals in the last 10 years.
For the race-a-thon, fans are asked to choose a monetary figure which will be multiplied by the number of hours the car runs in the race to determine their donation to Racing for Kids. They can do this through Racer Parts Wholesale's website at www.racerpartswholesale.com or by calling Racer Parts Wholesale's toll-free ordering number, 1-800-397-7815. Fans who would like to have a pledge form faxed to them may also request that through the toll-free number. Forms will also be available in the garage area at Daytona.
Racer Parts Wholesale will forward all the pledges it receives to Racing for Kids. The foundation's personnel will then follow up with participants after the event to receive the monetary donations. All money pledged will go to Racing for Kids; no administrative costs are involved.
Fans can keep track of how "their" car is doing by watching Speedvision's unprecedented 25 hours of continuous live coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, Feb. 3.
The fund-raiser is being spearheaded by sports car veteran Barry Waddell of Evansville, Ind., one of four drivers of the car, and Tom Volk of Blissfield, Mich., who owns the racing team in addition to being one of its drivers. They'll share the driving duties with Indy Racing star Jeret Schroeder of Vineland, N.J., and John Mirro of Bath, Pa.
Waddell, who has two podium finishes in the Rolex 24 and has been a Racing for Kids representative for over five years, will also visit children at the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Wednesday morning, Jan. 31 on behalf of Racing for Kids. In addition to chatting with the children, he'll present them with autographed cards and hats and show them his helmet and other safety gear.
"I hope everyone will get behind this, because it will make the race more fun and it is a great way to help a very worthwhile organization," Waddell said. "I want to thank Tom Volk, everyone at TRV Motorsport and especially the staff of Racer Parts Wholesale for being so supportive.
"Racer Parts Wholesale has a slogan that says it's the parts and equipment company for REAL RACERS®," Waddell continued. "I know a lot of real racers, fans and participants alike, and I know they're the kind of people who will help Racing for Kids through a fund-raiser like this.
"I also hope everyone tunes in to Speedvision to keep track of how we're doing," he added. "Jeret, Tom, John and I will try our best to stay out of trouble and finish all 24 hours!"
When making pledges, fans will also be asked to predict where the car will qualify overall for the race and where it will finish in class in the event. These predictions will be used for give-aways of free merchandise as an extra incentive to participate. So far assistance and donations for the give-aways, which include T-shirts and autographed photos of various race cars, have been received from Racer Parts Wholesale, Jeret Schroeder, TRV Motorsport, Restart Communications and Dave Wolin Inc.
Any other business or team which would like to make a donation is encouraged to do so by contacting Linda Mansfield of Restart Communications at (317) 639-0729 and then shipping the donation directly to Racing for Kids, 93 Kercheval Ave., Suite 4, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. 48236; telephone (313) 882-3403.
The TRV Motorsport team has competed in four previous Rolex 24s and finished all 24 hours twice. Last year it finished seventh in class and the year before it was eighth.
Waddell qualified the car 16th overall in 2000. This year Schroeder drove it to the seventh-fastest time of anyone in testing at Daytona Jan. 4-6.
In addition to Supreme Exhaust System Products and Racer Parts Wholesale, the team is sponsored by The Schroeder Group based in Vineland, N.J.; Lee's Grinding headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and the Brown-Daub auto dealerships of Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley.
Pledges have already started to arrive at Racer Parts Wholesale. The first one was made by Mirro's 11-year-old daughter, Jenelle, who pledged $2 per hour for her father's efforts and Racing for Kids.