SCCA PRO RACING JOINS AS SPONSOR OF GREG LEMOND JIMMIE HEUGA MS CENTER CHARITY BIKE RIDE IN DENVER DENVER, Colorado (June 23, 1997) - For Immediate Release - Greg LeMond and Miller Brothers Racing are pleased to welcome SCCA PRO RACING as ...
SCCA PRO RACING JOINS AS SPONSOR OF GREG LEMOND JIMMIE HEUGA MS CENTER CHARITY BIKE RIDE IN DENVER DENVER, Colorado (June 23, 1997) - For Immediate Release - Greg LeMond and Miller Brothers Racing are pleased to welcome SCCA PRO RACING as associate sponsor of the team's Greg LeMond/ Jimmie Heuga MS Center/ Charity Bike Ride.
SCCA PRO RACING, the sanctioning body for many of the top professional auto racing series and events in the country, joins a growing list of Charity Ride sponsors that include: COX Enterprises owned MANHEIM AUCTIONS - North America's largest auto auction, FORMULA MOTORSPORTS - promotor of the United States Formula Ford 2000 Pro Series,
PRO-MOTION Agency - promoter of the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Series,
TREK owned GARY FISCHER and GREG LEMOND Bicycles,
PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY - site of the inaugural Samsonite 200 Indy Racing League event,
MILLER MILLING COMPANY - one of North America's premier millers of Durham wheat for the pasta industry, and
POWERBAR energy bars.
Participating cyclists will begin the ride at the official cycling headquarters for the charity ride, Wheat Ridge Cyclery, located at 7085 West 38th Ave. Wheat Ridge, Colorado and proceed through downtown Wheat Ridge, a suburb of Denver. Proceeds from the ride will benefit the Jimmie Heuga MS Center in nearby Vail, Colorado.
To be held Wednesday June 25th beginning at 6:30 PM, the Jimmie Heuga Charity Ride will feature Greg LeMond as the lead rider and will help cap off "Denver Bike Month!" and Denver's "Bike to Work Day". Conceived by Denver Bicycle Planner James McKay as a way to show the benefits of the bicycle as an alternative means of metro transportation, "Denver Bike Month!" has grown from a single day in 1991 to a full month for 1997.
With three Tour de France wins and two World Cycling Championships, Sport's Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year and cycling legend Greg LeMond continues his transition from professional cyclist to professional race car driver. LeMond will be competing for Miller Brothers Racing in the team's # 83 Miller Milling/Manheim Auctions/Elite Engines Formula Ford 2000 in Sunday's United States FF 2000 Pro Series race as part of the inaugural Pike Peak 200 Indy Racing League event at the new Pikes Peak International Raceway.
"The support from all our sponsors, and in particular those in the motorsports community, has been terrific! Both I and team owner John Miller through his MILLER MILLING COMPANY have personally and corporately been long time supporters of The Jimmie Heuga Center and I'm honestly thrilled that all these great organizations have chosen to help us with this effort," said LeMond. "These rides benefit a great organization that directly helps improve people's lives. Keep in mind this is a fun ride not a race - we ride at a pace all can enjoy. It's a wonderful chance for riders of all experience levels to experience a beautiful ride. We invite and encourage everyone, families and kids especially, to come ride with us, have some fun and help us improve the lives of people with Multiple Sclerosis."
Joining LeMond on the charity ride will be another of America's great cyclists, Davis Phinney. "I'm elated Davis is going to ride with us Wednesday - I really hope all our cycling friends will join us to help my friend Jimmie continue the great work he does" said LeMond. Phinney will also attend the "Bike to Work Day" breakfast held Wednesday from 6:30 AM to 9:00 AM at the Civic Center Park.
The Jimmie Heuga Center is a nonprofit scientific research center dedicated to improving the lives of people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) through it's research and wellness programs. At the age of 15 Jimmie Heuga became the youngest male selected for the US Ski Team and was a member of the 1964 and 1968 US Olympic Ski Teams as well as the 1962 and 1966 World Championship Ski Teams. In 1964 Heuga and teammate Billy Kidd made history when they won the first US Olympic medals in men's Alpine skiing. At age 26 Jimmie was diagnosed with MS. Not content to follow traditional advice to lead a quiet and sedentary life, Jimmie developed an exercise program of cardiovascular endurance and utilizing his natural athletic talents he began a program of stretching and strengthening exercises and established his goals for personal wellness. With this program, he was able to regain his health and lead, within the constraints of MS, an active life. This is the continuing philosophy of the Jimmie Heuga Center today.
With 63 auctions throughout the United States and Canada, MANHEIM AUCTIONS is the largest operator of automobile auctions in North America. The company was originally started in 1945 with a single location in Manheim, Pennsylvania. Acquired in 1968 by Cox Communications of Atlanta, Georgia (which merged with Cox Enterprises in 1985 creating the largest private company in Georgia), the company now registers more than 5 million vehicles a year.
WHEAT RIDGE CYCLERY, the host and headquarters for the Charity Ride, is the largest single location retailer of Trek Bicycles, including the Trek, Gary Fischer and Greg LeMond Bicycles lines. Founded in 1973 by Eugene Keifel, father of pro cyclist Ron Keifel, Wheat Ridge continues a 24 year heritage providing the Denver area with the latest technology in road and off-road cycling.
MILLER BROTHERS RACING, with driver Steve Knapp, is the 1996 United States Formula Ford 2000 Pro Series National Champion. LeMond will be joined by Minnesota agri-businessman and team owner John C. Miller in a two car effort contesting the 1997 US FF 2000 Pro Series National Championship. Competing for the team in the 1997 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Series, Knapp is additionally the Driver Development Coach for Greg and the team. One of the largest US. millers of Durham wheat for the pasta industry, producing over one million pounds daily, Miller Milling Company returns and joins Manheim Auctions as team sponsors.
LeMond and Miller Brothers Racing plan to hold additional Greg LeMond Charity Rides as part of a series of rides run throughout the country in conjunction with select races of the United States Formula Ford 2000 and KOOL/ Toyota Atlantic Series. Additional 1997 events are tentatively schedule in conjunction with the Indy Racing League Charlotte 200 in Charlotte North Carolina, The CART/PPG Indy Car Miller 200 at Mid-Ohio and the NASCAR Parts America 150 in Watkins Glen, New York. In 1998 rides will tentatively begin with the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Speedway.
The tax deductible donation for the ride is $ 25.00 for adults and $ 10.00 for children under 12. Participants may pre-register at Wheat Ridge Cyclery. Registration is also available form 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM the day of the event.
Additional opportunities are available for corporate, private and individual sponsorship of these events. Please consider joining our team and helping us support these hard working charities.
Greg LeMond Charity Miller Brothers Racing Bike Ride Contacts: Team Contact:
John Slusher Scott Gates Michele Rahal & Associates Miller Brothers Racing (813) 837-4984 (612) 442-1325 (813) 831-7263 FAX (612) 472-1555 FAX email: email: MRAHAL@aol.com email@example.com
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