Teen Racer donates winnings to charity

Teen Racer donates SCCA Series winnings to Red Cross. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 8, 2002) -- For 17 year-old Cliff White, the season-finale of the SCCA Pro Racing Pro Spec Racer series was more than just an opportunity to clinch the 2002...

Teen Racer donates SCCA Series winnings to Red Cross.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 8, 2002) -- For 17 year-old Cliff White, the season-finale of the SCCA Pro Racing Pro Spec Racer series was more than just an opportunity to clinch the 2002 Rookie of the Year award, but also an opportunity to support his favorite charity. Following Friday's race at Daytona International Raceway, White donated his season winnings to the American Red Cross, an amount totaling $3,300.

Following the events of September 11, 2001, the then 16 year-old White had planned on entering the Pro Spec Racer finale at Daytona, his first professional racing event, and donate any prize money that he won to the American Red Cross. Following the lead of other major sporting events, the race that weekend was cancelled and White decided to turn his charitable intentions to the 2002 season. Running a red, white and blue color scheme, White has run all 10 events of the SCCA Pro Racing Pro Spec Racer this season with Red Cross signage.

"I was too young to serve in the military [on September 11th], but I can give my race winnings to the Red Cross," said White. "My goal is to be a professional driver. I hope that this kind of giving will be part of my racing, no matter what level I get to do it."

"Racers are typically seen as self-centered people and that is not a good representation," said Peg Thompson, White's mother. "Most racers are involved in their community and it is not often that, at this young age, racers think about giving back. I remember when Cliff decided to do this last year and I thought it was a pretty extraordinary thing for a kid to be thinking of."

For information about the American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org. For information about the Pro Spec Racer series, please visit www.sccapro.com/srfps.

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