Team Seattle partners with Synergy Racing for 10th anniversary run at Rolex 24 Team hopes to raise $2 million for Seattle Children's Hospital ALTON, Va. (November 11, 2005) -- Team Seattle, the charitable racing group that raises funds for the...
Team Seattle partners with Synergy Racing for 10th anniversary run at Rolex 24
Team hopes to raise $2 million for Seattle Children's Hospital
ALTON, Va. (November 11, 2005) -- Team Seattle, the charitable racing group that raises funds for the Seattle Children's Hospital, will again partner with Synergy Racing for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 28-29, 2006. Synergy Racing will prepare two Porsche GT3 Cup entries to compete in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class during Team Seattle's 10th anniversary run in the historic twice-around-the-clock race.
Founded by Don Kitch, Jr., Team Seattle made its first run in the Rolex 24 in 1997, raising $80,000 for Children's Hospital through per-lap pledges. To date, Team Seattle has donated a total of $1.8 million to the hospital. After campaigning a variety of entries in several different classes through the years, Team Seattle partnered with Synergy Racing for the 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona earlier this year.
"Life is good with Synergy. They are a great partner," said Kitch. "With a campaign like this, its important to partner with a team that has a proven track record in preparation and management of a racing effort, and that's exactly what we've found working with Cole (Scrogham) and the team. There truly is synergy between our two organizations."
"We were honored when Don asked us to partner with Team Seattle last year, and we're thrilled they want to continue with us in 2006," said Cole Scrogham, Synergy Racing team co-owner. "The Team Seattle effort is truly remarkable, and it's a dream for any team to be involved in such great work. It brings such great satisfaction to know you're helping others within the sport we all love."
Team Seattle made a tremendous commitment to raise $2 million for the Children's Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) at Seattle Children's Hospital last year. In the its first Rolex 24 At Daytona with Synergy Racing, Team Seattle recorded an all-time high, earning $400,000 for CICU. A later donation from the Bingham Foundation of $100,000 put Team Seattle a quarter of the way to their $2 million goal.
This year, the team hopes to raise $500,000 for the CICU, which was recently named for Kami Renee Sutton, a patient of Children's Hospital and racing enthusiast that has served as an inspiration for the team. Now age 17, Sutton has supported and traveled with the team to every Rolex 24 over the last 10 years.
"We made a $2 million commitment to Children's Hospital for the CICU, which is going to take a few more years to satisfy," said Kitch. "And I hope we do so here with Synergy."
Kitch and six other Team Seattle drivers recently tested with Synergy Racing at Daytona International Speedway. In addition to Kitch, two other drivers will be returning from the 2005 team. Dave Gaylord will make his 10th appearance with Team Seattle. After serving as the team's treasure for the first three outings, Gaylord has driven for Team Seattle in the Rolex 24 every year since 2000. Chris Pallis will also be back with the team in 2006 after making is debut with Team Seattle during the 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona. New to the team this year are Will Diefenbach, brothers Ken and Wes Hill, and Chris Pennington. An eighth driver for this year's team will be announced at a later date.
About Synergy Racing
Team owners Cole Scrogham and Danny and Steve Marshall introduced Synergy Racing in December 2004. Based at Virginia International Raceway, Synergy Racing is an evolution of G&W Motorsports, which had catered to Porsche racing since 1996 and became the most successful team in the Rolex Sports Car Series with four championships, 15 class wins and more than 50 podium finishes. The team underwent a major transformation that included a name and logo change, as well as a complete restructuring into a customer-based championship racing business, which concentrates on the needs of the customer rather than the desires of the team. For more information on Synergy Racing, visit synergyracing.com.