RACE: Race team raises Cancer funds at VIR

Seniors for Survivors Race Team Raises over $30,000 for Cancer Research at VIR Alton, Va. (November 6) -- This past weekend the Seniors for Survivors race team proved that age, experience and a well-prepared car can overcome an early setback...

Seniors for Survivors Race Team Raises over $30,000 for Cancer Research at VIR

Alton, Va. (November 6) -- This past weekend the Seniors for Survivors race team proved that age, experience and a well-prepared car can overcome an early setback in the most heated of contests. While competing in the SCCA North Carolina Region's Kumho Tires Charge of the Headlight Brigade 13-hour endurance race at VIRginia International Raceway on Saturday, November 4, this team of decorated champions finished fifth in class and 17th overall while raising more than $30,000 for the American Cancer Society.

After an early fuel problem caused the team to lose 30 minutes on the track and in the pits, this group of all-star drivers -- the youngest of which is 65 years old -- came back strong, fighting a field of 81 cars and freezing temperatures. Five-time Le Mans 24-hour winner and two-time World Sports Car champion Derek Bell and his teammates, former champions Buzz Marcus, Tony Adamowicz and Gene Felton, charged through the pack in a BSI Racing-owned and -prepared Mazda MX-5.

The race saw much drama as the day turned to night and the cold set in again. The mighty little Mazda MX-5 roadster fought on without a problem against stiff opposition which included cars made by BMW, Porsche, Pontiac, Honda and Acura.

"Both the fans and the team were amazed at how this car could keep up with and pass so many faster cars," said Buzz Marcus, team founder and cancer survivor.

Paul Mears, Jr. of Mears Motorcoach of Orlando, Fla. was the major sponsor of the Seniors for Survivors Racing Team. Other sponsors included Marcus, Hoosier Tires, Lavagraphics.com and Checkered Flag Motors.

The fund-raising total topped $30,000 for Breast Cancer and Lymphoma Research when the Seniors for Survivors raised $5066 at the track through lap pledges and the Mazda North America Operations donated $2500.

About the Drivers:

Derek Bell, 64, is a five-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a two-time World Sports Car Champion, a three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, a former Ferrari Formula 1 driver, former Porsche factory driver, a well-known TV sports personality and world spokesperson for Bentley Automobiles.

Gene Felton, 70, is a decorated IMSA and SCCA driver with 45 IMSA wins, four IMSA Championships and five SCCA Pro Racing wins. Felton has also won the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring as well as Manufacturers Championships for Buick and Chevrolet.

Tony Adamowicz, 65, a former Trans-Am and Formula 5000 champion, has competed in all forms of sports car racing including driving for Ferrari at Le Mans, competing in the Can-Am and Trans-Am series and driving in the Indy 500.

Buzz Marcus, 66, has won more than 50 races in his 45-year career. A three-time SCCA Champion, other notable wins include the first IMSA Six-Hour Enduro at Mid-Ohio and the Vineland Four-Hour in a Lola T70. Marcus has also competed in both the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring and is currently an instructor for Justin Bell Blue Planets Events.

To learn more about the event or to make a donation, visit this site on the World Wide Web: main.acsevents.org/site/TR?px=1435345&pg=personal&fr_id=2197&s_tafId=492

VIRginia International Raceway is a multi-purpose road racing facility, located on the Dan River between Danville and South Boston, Virginia, just north of historic Milton, North Carolina. In addition to its 3.27 mile natural-terrain road racing circuit, VIR is the cornerstone of VIR Club, America's first motorsports country club; the VIR Raceplex Industrial Park; the VIR Gallery; Plantation Valley Kart Track, a 5/8 mile paved karting circuit; The Lodge at VIR, a 27-room trackside hotel; the new VIR Paddock Suites and Garages, with 18 dual-purpose hospitality/lodging units and garages; and the Oak Tree Tavern, a full-service restaurant located within the circa-1840 Plantation Clubhouse.

For more information, visit the track's Web site at www.virclub.com or contact VIR at 434-822-7700. For more information on the North Carolina Region of the SCCA, visit their website at www.ncrscca.com.

-credit: vir

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Series Charity , SCCA
Drivers Gene Felton , Justin Bell , Derek Bell , Tony Adamowicz