Team Seattle Partners With G&W Motorsports for 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona FONTANA, Calif. (October 29, 2004) -- G&W Motorsports and Team Seattle announced today they will partner for the 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona, Feb. 5-6, and field a pair of...
Team Seattle Partners With G&W Motorsports for 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona
FONTANA, Calif. (October 29, 2004) -- G&W Motorsports and Team Seattle announced today they will partner for the 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona, Feb. 5-6, and field a pair of Porsche GT3 Cup entries in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series' new GT class.
The 2005 Rolex 24 will mark the ninth race for Team Seattle, which raises funds for Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., each year during the historic endurance race. To date, Team Seattle has donated more than $1.5 million to Children's Hospital from its efforts during the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
"When Don (Kitch) called me on recommendation from Alex (Job), I have to admit it was a humbling experience," G&W Motorsports team owner Cole Scrogham said. "The Team Seattle effort is so well known for giving back to the sport in a way that gives you a tingle up your back. Seeing those kids and the tremendous support from the hospital, it is an effort that every team dreams to be associated with. Not only from the PR that it brings, but from the satisfaction that you are doing something worthwhile within the sport that you love.
"It was a double humbling experience to have the support of AJR (Alex Job Racing)," Scrogham continued. "We have been friends a long time and doing business in racing is often done under the table instead of honorably. It is refreshing to see the community come together around this project as we should."
"As Team Seattle approaches its ninth year at the Rolex 24 hours, we are very optimistic and excited about our fundraising opportunities for our wonderful Children's Hospital of Seattle," said Don Kitch, founder and driver for Team Seattle. "Obviously with the people and corporations involved in our campaign, it is critical that we work with a team that has a proven track record in the preparation and management of a racing effort. Cole Scrogham and his staff at G&W are true professionals, therefore make perfect teammates for us."
G&W Motorsports, based outside of Danville, Va., at Virginia International Raceway, is the most successful team in the Rolex Sports Car Series, capturing the inaugural GT championship in 2000, both the GT and GTS championships in 2001 and the SRP II championship in 2003. G&W Motorsports is the only team to compete in every Rolex Series race since the series' inception, accumulating 15 class wins and more than 50 podium finishes in class.
In addition to Team Seattle's success in raising funds for Children's Hospital, the team has also been highly successful on the racetrack in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The team captured class victories in 1999 and 2003, including a 1-2 finish in the SRPII class in the 2003 race. Team Seattle picked up a class podium with a second-place finish in 1998 and has scored four overall top-10 finishes.
Team Seattle's driver lineup for the 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona includes returning veterans Kitch and David Gaylord, as well as newcomers to the team Don Pickering, Chris Pallis, Don Gagne and Rod Emory. G&W Motorsports drivers Mae Van Wijk and David Murry are also part of the effort.
Don Kitch founded Team Seattle for a group of northwest race car drivers, their friends and family who want to make a difference in the community in which they live. The team raises funds for Children's Hospital by collecting pledges for each lap completed during the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The pledge is based on the highest number of laps completed by one of the two Porsches or the combined laps of both cars, not to exceed 700 laps.
Due to corporate and private sponsorship underwriting of the cars, 100 percent of pledge proceeds go directly to the "Team Seattle for Children at the Daytona 24 Endowment" at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center. The endowment is permanently invested, and the income it produces each year will be used to provide support for cardiac research, education and training at Children's Hospital, which provides care for children with complex medical needs.
The 2005 title sponsors for the pair of G&W Motorsports-prepared Porsches is Who's Calling and Kids Country Day Care Centers. Other major sponsors include Strobe Data, Shred It and Bosler Racing. Associate sponsors for the 2005 Team Seattle effort include Barrier Motors, Cintas, Ubermind, Washington CEO, Stand 21, Oakwerth Arabians and Park Place Motors Ltd.
For 2005, the team's goal is to raise $350,000 with $500 pledged per lap and 700 laps during the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Pledges can be made on Team Seattle's website at www.teamseattle.com.