Bodymotion Racing comes across the finish line at VIR in 8th place to close out the season! Alton, VA- The final Grand Am Cup race of the 2005 season marked a big return for the Bodymotion Racing team. This weekend's VIR 200 would see the team...
Bodymotion Racing comes across the finish line at VIR in 8th place to close out the season!
Alton, VA- The final Grand Am Cup race of the 2005 season marked a big return for the Bodymotion Racing team. This weekend's VIR 200 would see the team show their support to the Gulf States by supporting The Salvation Army. The team would carry the red and white shields and contact information.
After an unfortunate accident at Mid-Ohio, the team led by team owner and driver Michael Bavaro worked tirelessly to rebuild the Porsche 997. After over 300 man hours was put into the car, it was ready for VIR.
The team was without regular driver Michael Ellis, who is recovering from his incident. The seat was filled by Colin Dougherty, president of CDOC, a current associate sponsor of the #21 car. Colin was quickly up to speed despite tremendous rain that visited the Virginia International Raceway this weekend. "This crew is the keystone to the team's success," stated Dougherty. "The passion that is in this team is incredible." Even with three days of rain, Dougherty was able to qualify the car in a respectable 16th position out of over 65 cars in the race.
The race began with a slick but drying track. Dougherty started the car and was able to run up front. Then the rain came again and the team effort came back into play. The team made three tire changes over the course of the race and every pit stop was flawless. "I am so proud of the team because they were pushed this weekend and they were perfect," said Bavaro. "I have never been more comfortable in a car with zero visibility than I was today." Throughout the season the rookie team had gotten into the top ten in team points but with missing the two previous rounds, they had slipped into 12th position. However all of that would change today. "I never thought we would challenge for the top ten in our rookie season," said Bavaro. The team's excellent return this weekend was rewarded with an eight place in the race. This finish vaulted the team into a tie for ninth place in the final season team points.
A big "Thank You" goes out to all of the sponsors of the #21 car for their support in 2005; Teresa's Café Italiano, CDOC, Schneider & Nelson Porsche, Torco International, SSF Imported Auto Parts, Cyntex Performance Tuning, Fikse USA, Seaboard Welding Supply, Sikkens, Bosch, JRZ USA and OMP. The BMS Group, LLC is actively pursuing a major team sponsor for the 2006 season. For more information, visit www.burrismotorsport.com.
The Bodymotion Team was proud to support The Salvation Army this weekend. "The Salvation Army is the power of a network at the forefront providing a positive impact," said Dougherty. "Everyone is happy to support this great organization," said Bavaro. The Salvation Army responded immediately following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita serving the immediate needs of survivors by providing shelter, food, water, ice, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products. Over 600,000 people have been served in at least 30 states. The following information represents the Southern Territory's fifteen states and the District of Columbia as of October 3, 2005.
* The Salvation Army has served 2,161,545 hot meals, 3,366,500 sandwiches, snacks and drinks.
* The Salvation Army has 150 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 10 Field Kitchens, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day (each), (Including 7 Southern Baptist Kitchens) in the many areas infected.
* The Salvation Army has distributed 38,986 Cleaning Kits (broom, bucket, mop & detergent) and 64,886 Food Boxes (groceries).
* The Salvation Army has ministered through Pastoral Care to 164,510 individuals.
* The Salvation Army has registered and begun helping with 175,474 Social Services Cases.
* The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) has received over 60,000 inquires and has found 15,593 survivors.
* Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 459,046 hours.
* The Salvation Army has assisted a total of 556,112 individuals
For more information go to www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army earmarked for disaster relief. 100% of your donation will be used only for the Hurricane Katrina response.