Team Seattle Daytona24 fundraiser

Team Seattle hopes to raise $500,000 during Rolex 24 At Daytona for Children's Hospital More than 150 travel from Seattle to support Rolex 24 charitable racing effort DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 23, 2007) -- A contingent of more than 150 will...

Team Seattle hopes to raise $500,000 during Rolex 24 At Daytona for Children's Hospital

More than 150 travel from Seattle to support Rolex 24 charitable racing effort

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 23, 2007) -- A contingent of more than 150 will travel from Seattle, Wash., to Daytona International Speedway this week to support Team Seattle's quest to raise $500,000 for Children's Hospital during the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The philanthropic racing organization accepts pledges for each lap completed during the historic 24-hour race. As of Friday, the group had pledges for approximately $530 per lap, but Team Seattle founder Don Kitch says he hopes to have that up to $600 or more per lap when the race starts on Saturday afternoon.

"We've had a tremendous outpouring of support this year," said Kitch, who's helped Team Seattle raise $2.2 million over the past 10 years. "The Bingham Family Foundation kicked us off last summer with its generous pledge of $100,000 for this year's race, part of a $1 million pledge over the next 10 years to Children's Hospital. Since then, we've had more and more companies and individuals step up and make pledges and donations. We hope to leave here on Sunday with a half million dollars for Children's Hospital."

Race fans can make pledges throughout the week and even during the race online through Team Seattle's Web site at teamseattle.com. All donations and pledges go directly to Children's Hospital through the Team Seattle Guild, with expenses for the racing effort funded entirely through sponsorships and the drivers.

For the third year, Synergy Racing and Team Seattle partnered for the Rolex 24. Synergy Racing will field two Porsche GT3 Cup race cars for Team Seattle this weekend.

Chris Pennington (Redmond, Wash.), Chris Pallis (Mercer Island, Wash.) and Tony Bawcutt (Kirkland, Wash) will join Kitch (Bellevue, Wash.) in the No. 82 Porsche, which carries primary sponsorship by Who's Calling and Microsoft's Live Search. David Gaylord (Graham, Wash.), Don Pickering (Reno, Nev.), Hal Hilton (Issaaquah, Wash.) and Ben McCrackin (Corpus Christi, Texas) will pilot the No. 83 Porsche with primary sponsors Kid's Country Learning Centers and HomeStreet Bank. Other major Team Seattle sponsors include Park Place Ltd., MSN Autos and Strobe Data.

This year Microsoft, a long-time supporter of the Team Seattle effort, is allowing Web users to help grow its donation to Children's Hospital. Each time a Web search originates from http://teamseattle.live.com from now to January 29, Microsoft will add $1 to its donation.

-credit: synergyracing.com

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Series Charity , Grand-Am
Drivers David Gaylord , Hal Hilton , Chris Pallis , Ben McCrackin , Chris Pennington , Tony Bawcutt