September 12, 2008
Ooltewah TN. – Continuing tradition when SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge heads to Road Atlanta Oct. 2-5, Chili Pepper Racing will host a variety of activities during the Petit Le Mans weekend in support of families coping with the effects of Pediatric Cancer.
The team will welcome roughly 300 guests to their VIP hospitality area, including families from the Atlanta Scottish Rite/AFLAC Cancer Treatment Center and Children’s Hospital, T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital, the Light House Foundation and Austin Hatcher Foundation. The races will serve as a diversionary therapy for the children and families who will get a break from the day-to-day struggles that come with pediatric cancer and be able to enjoy the races from a chalet above pit lane with the perks of a 50-inch television and gourmet food. Families will also have the opportunity to participate in flag ceremonies and pace car rides.
Funds raised over during the weekend support the Austin Hatcher Foundation for a Care Free Childhood. The foundation was formed in 2006 and became the OFFICAL Charity of the American LeMans Series in 2008. The Austin Hatcher Foundation’s goal is to build “Hatch’s House of Hope” near medical centers treating pediatric cancer centers nationwide. They provide tools and counseling necessary to help families and children achieve positive results in social support, reduce possible side effects of cancer treatment, and provide resources to help childhood cancer survivors reach their highest potential later in life.
Chili Pepper Racing campaigns the world’s first Bio-diesel Touring car in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series on Friday, Oct. 3. The #24, 1.9-liter Garrett compound turbo diesel VW Jetta is the only diesel sedan to be campaigned in a professional series in the United States.
The 10 hour 1000 mile American Lemans Series race is held on Saturday Oct 4, 2008.
Throughout the weekend, raffle tickets will be sold to win a 2008 Suzuki GSX-R750 and two-day Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School. Tickets cost $25.00 and can be purchased at the American LeMans Merchandise trailer or the Chili Pepper Racing support paddock. Only 1,000 will be sold.The winner of the raffle will be drawn just before the Fifth Annual Post Petit Le Mans Motorcycle Charity Ride on Sunday, October 5.
Support for the weekends activities is provided by Road Atlanta, The American LeMans Series, Suzuki USA, Kevin Schwantz Suzuki School, A Mothers Arms, Chili Pepper Racing, Mid Florida Golf Carts, Food City and many others.
For more information and to register for the Post Petit Le Mans Motorcycle Charity Ride, visit www.chilipepperracing.org.
Visit www.hatcherfoundation.org for more information about the Austin Hatcher Foundation.