MSR is racing for more than just victories

Michael Shank Racing's drivers are racing for a cause Burt Frisselle and Oswaldo Negri Jr. have chosen to support two organizations through their opportunities in racing, American Humane and The Lupus Foundation of America. The mission of...

Michael Shank Racing's drivers are racing for a cause

Burt Frisselle and Oswaldo Negri Jr. have chosen to support two organizations through their opportunities in racing, American Humane and The Lupus Foundation of America. The mission of American Humane, as a network of individuals and organizations, is to prevent the cruelty, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children and animals and to assure that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively, and humanely guaranteed by an aware and caring society. American Humane envisions a nation where no child or animal will ever be a victim of willful abuse or neglect. As a recognized leader in professional education, training and advocacy, and research and evaluation, American Humane joins with other similarly missioned individuals and organizations to make this vision a reality.

Since its founding in 1877, American Humane has held strong to its ideals, mission, and vision as the only national non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the welfare of both children and animals. American Humane is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.

Burt Frisselle and Oswaldo Negri Jr. believe strongly in the mission of American Humane, and have therefore committed to do their part to raise awareness about the organization and the importance of protecting children and animals from abuse. In order to increase public awareness and generate local interest in this important cause, Burt Frisselle and Oswaldo Negri Jr. plan on visiting local shelters at as many race venues as possible. In addition, Michael Shank Racing will provide a donation box at each race weekend for fans to make a contribution to American Humane. Finally, Frisselle and Negri Jr. have pledged that a portion of their future earnings will be donated to American Humane.

Burt Frisselle and Oswaldo Negri Jr. also extend their support to The Lupus Foundation of America. They chose to support the foundation due to its personal relevance. Burt's older sister, Stephanie, has Lupus. Therefore, Burt has witnessed first hand the difficulties and struggles that are a part of living with a chronic illness. Each driver has pledged that a portion of their future earnings be donated to The Lupus Foundation of America.

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect various parts of the body, especially the skin, joints, blood, and kidneys. In an autoimmune disorder such as lupus, the immune system launches an attack against the body, causing inflammation, injury to tissues, and pain. It is estimated that 500,000 to 1.5 million Americans have been diagnosed and live with lupus.

The Lupus Foundation of America is a nationwide voluntary organization that serves Lupus patients, their families, physicians, researchers, and the general public. Its mission is to educate and support those affected by lupus and to find the cure. Since its establishment in 1977, the LFA has remained a volunteer-driven organization with an extensive national network of chapters, branches, support groups, and International Associated Groups. The LFA's programs include: education and awareness, support and outreach, research and advocacy, and chapter support and development.

"I became aware of American Humane through my mother's involvement on the board, and I really believe in the work that American Humane does to prevent violence against children and animals," Burt Frisselle states. "I feel equally as strong about the work being done by The Lupus Foundation of America to support those with Lupus and to find a cure. My sister, Stephanie, has Lupus so I have seen first hand the many challenges and struggles of living with this chronic illness. Therefore, it is very important to me to support this foundation in their crucial work."

"When you are in a position to reach people, to generate interest in a cause, you have a responsibility to use that opportunity in the best possible way," Negri Jr. comments. "I am proud to be able to increase exposure for both of these organizations, as I really respect their strong commitment to their respective missions."

Based in Columbus, Ohio, MSR was formed in 1989 when Michael Shank first began driving racing cars professionally, taking the award as SCCA-Ohio Valley Region's Novice Driver of the Year. Shank retired from the cockpit in 1997 after moving up the motorsports ladder to focus his efforts on running the team, which quickly found success in the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, with several race wins leading Shank to be named as Team Owner of the Year twice in four years. MSR has campaigned drivers including Johnny Rutherford Jr., Kenny Wilden, and 2001 and 2002 Indy Racing League champion Sam Hornish, Jr. MSR is making the transition to the Rolex Series from open-wheel competition for the 2004 season in the Rolex Sports Car Series, campaigning a Lexus-powered Doran JE4.

For additional information:

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Lupus Foundation of America

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Burt Frisselle , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Michael Shank , Johnny Rutherford , Sam Hornis
Teams Michael Shank Racing