Fans Can Race Against Top NHRA Drivers on Infineon Raceway's Kart Track for Charity SONOMA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2008) -- NHRA POWERade Drag Racing stars Gary Scelzi, Rod Fuller, Matt Guidera and Cory McClenathan will battle for supremacy on ...
Fans Can Race Against Top NHRA Drivers on Infineon Raceway's Kart Track for Charity
SONOMA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2008) -- NHRA POWERade Drag Racing stars Gary Scelzi, Rod Fuller, Matt Guidera and Cory McClenathan will battle for supremacy on Infineon Raceway's lightning-quick kart track on Saturday, March 8, and 50 lucky race fans are invited to join them.
Infineon Raceway will host the 6th annual NHRA Tour de Charity on its 16-turn, three-quarter mile kart track on Saturday, March 8, from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Pacific). The first 50 fans who register will have a reserved seat in the action-packed day. Cost is $325 and includes a day of karting with the drivers, autographs, lunch, and the chance to compete in a 10-lap timed race for a grand prize. All proceeds benefit Speedway Children's Charities, which serves youth organizations in Sonoma County.
The event has raised more than $54,000 over the last five years, and organizers hope to generate $14,000 at this year's Tour de Charity. Here's the NHRA driver lineup for the day:
* Rod Fuller (Caterpillar Top Fuel Dragster): Finished second in Top Fuel points in 2007, earning his second straight POWERade top-10 finish.
* Cory McClenathan (FRAM Top Fuel Dragster): 1997 NHRA Top Fuel winner at Infineon Raceway; ranked fifth on the NHRA all-time Top Fuel win list with 29 wins.
* Gary Scelzi (Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger Funny Car): 2005 NHRA Funny Car champion; two-time Funny Car winner at Infineon Raceway (2003, 2005).
* Matt Guidera (Mohegan Sun Buell Pro Stock Motorcycle): Finished 12th in final points standings in 2007; resident of Loomis, outside Sacramento.
"I wish I could do this more than once a year," said Funny Car driver Scelzi, who has attended all five Tour de Charity events. "This is totally different than what you're accustomed to in a Funny Car. This is a thinking man's game and there is so much you have to pay attention to. Plus, it's great hanging out with the fans. That's the most enjoyable part."
The Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, which operates the karting center, will provide the karts, race suits, classroom instruction and on-track pointers for all competitors. There will be giveaways during the day, and the top 10 qualifiers (race fans) will compete in a 10-lap timed race at the end of day for the NHRA Experience. This package includes: two tickets to the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals (July 25-27) and a meet-and-greet with a top star on the NHRA circuit.
The NHRA drivers will also compete in a 10-lap timed race at the end of the day for King of the Track bragging rights. The winners the first five years of this highly-competitive race have been Funny Car driver Ron Capps (2003, 2005, 2006-2007) and McClenathan (2004). To reserve your seat in the NHRA Tour de Charity, please call 707-933-3950, 800-870-RACE, or e-mail email@example.com.