Kyle Marcelli news 2010-05-04

Kyle Marcelli Goes Racing for a Cure Bomanville, Ontario (May 2nd 2010) American Le Mans Series driver Kyle Marcelli stepped out of his regular seat in the ...

Kyle Marcelli Goes Racing for a Cure

Bomanville, Ontario (May 2nd 2010) American Le Mans Series driver Kyle Marcelli stepped out of his regular seat in the #11 Primetime Race Group LMPC entry and into the seat of a 4-cycle go-kart this past weekend as he participated in the 3rd annual Lupus Grand Prix presented by Toronto Tirecraft.

The two hour endurance race to raise money and awareness for Lupus research was held at Mosport International Raceways karting circuit. Kyle was teamed up with event coordinator Bill Bryan, Brian Graham Racings FF1600 driver Taylor Near and gentleman Mike Andrews under the Team Lupus banner.

With overcast skies and cool temperatures 13 teams made up of 52 drivers took the green flag. Kyle Marcelli driving for team Lupus started 13th, racing to the front Kyle soon took the race lead and began to extend a gap eventually handing the wheel over to teamate Bill Bryan. All the drivers did a great job and had a wonderful time racing for a cure. As the checkered flag was waved by Pat Baymen, who has continued to cope with challenges of Lupus, the team Lupus driver of Taylor Near crossed the line taking 4th place.

"Having a driver with the character and talent of Kyle Marcelli at a charity race such as this was quite a fantastic experience. It is one thing to show up, donate a few bucks, and say "I support the cause" but for Kyle to continue coming back year after year to support the cause and the event is quite an honour." Says Bill Bryan Lupus Grand Prix Coordinator.

"For the third consecutive year the motorsport community has come together for a day of fun, racing and raising funds for a cause. Many of our regional racers, motorsport marshals, and their friends and family participated or volunteered at the 3rd Annual Toronto TireCraft GP for Lupus Research. Bill Bryan has been the driving force behind this event since a fellow marshal was diagnosed with lupus four years ago."

"Kyle has been a participant and contributor to this event since its inception in 2008, and was on the winning team that year. Kyle has also supported and participated in other events held by the Lupus Flare Foundation and we are very grateful to him for taking time off his busy racing schedule, over and over again to support us. Kyle is my champion both on and off the track!" Says Lupus Flare Foundation Official Pat Bayman.

About the Lupus Flare Foundation:
Our objective at the Lupus Flare Foundation is to raise public awareness and funds in support of lupus, lupus research, health care and patient support for the lupus community. We are a dedicated group of volunteers and supporters who are working together towards a common goal: A cure for lupus. The funds raised through our initiatives will go towards 2 essential and necessary lupus clinics located in Toronto: The Lupus Research Databank Program at Toronto Western Hospital and the Pediatric Lupus Clinic in the Hospital for Sick Children with future expectations of providing this mission to lupus communities across Canada.

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