Chili Pepper Racing, racing for the health of it

Fourth Annual Post Petit Le Mans Charity Motorcycle Ride Ready to Roll

BRASELTON, Ga. (Aug. 8, 2007) 

The Chili Pepper Racing team will again give race fans the opportunity to ride with their favorite road racers at the fourth annual Post Petit Le Mans Motorcycle Charity Ride. A Suzuki GSX-R750 and two-day Kevin Schwantz Suzuki school will also be raffled off at Road Atlanta, all to raise money and awareness for the Austin Hatcher Foundation.

Campaigning the world's first professional bio-diesel road racer will be just a small part of SCCA Pro Racing SPEED Touring Car driver Jim Osborn"s Petit Le Mans Weekend. In addition to welcoming visitors from the Lighthouse Family Retreat, his Chili Pepper Racing team continues its tradition of hosting a charity motorcycle ride and, for the second year in-a-row, will raffle off a brand new Suzuki motorcycle.

Last year, the ride and raffle raised a record $34,000 for the Lighthouse Family Retreat, a beach-side getaway for children with cancer and their families. In addition to its continuing support of the Lighthouse Family Foundation, Chili Pepper Racing will also donate proceeds to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.

The non-profit organization was created and named for Osborn and his wife Amy Jo’s first child, Austin Hatcher Osborn, who passed away from cancer last year, shortly after the Petit Le Mans race.

Fans, drivers and crew from the entire Petit Le Mans paddock are signing up to hop aboard their motorcycles Sunday morning, October 7, for a118-mile ride. The trek begins with breakfast and a lap around Road Atlanta before taking to the exhilarating country roads of northern Georgia.

Each paid rider will automatically be entered to win a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R750 and a two-day Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School. Those who can’t take part in the ride have the opportunity to enter the raffle as well by purchasing tickets at the Vendor Village and Chili Pepper Racing paddock throughout the weekend. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold for $25 each. The winner will be drawn before the start of Sunday’s charity ride.

Registration forms for the charity ride can be found at www.chilipepperracing.org, or e-mail amyjo@chilipepperracing.org with any questions.

Visit www.hatcherfoundation.org for more information about the Austin Hatcher Foundation.

Osborn will race his No. 24 Chili Pepper Racing biodesiel Volkswagen Jetta TDI in the Round Nine SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car race at Road Atlanta on Friday, October 5. The SCCA SPEED GT race will take place later that day.

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