Fans Can Race Against Top NHRA Drivers on Infineon Raceway's Kart Track for Charity
Infineon Raceway will host the 6th annual NHRA Tour de Charity on its 16-turn, three-quarter mile kart track on Saturday, March 8, from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Pacific). The first 50 fans who register will have a reserved seat in the action-packed day. Cost is $325 and includes a day of karting with the drivers, autographs, lunch, and the chance to compete in a 10-lap timed race for a grand prize. All proceeds benefit Speedway Children's Charities, which serves youth organizations in Sonoma County.
The event has raised more than $54,000 over the last five years, and organizers hope to generate $14,000 at this year's Tour de Charity. Here's the NHRA driver lineup for the day:? Matt Guidera (Mohegan Sun Buell Pro Stock Motorcycle): Finished 12th in final points standings in 2007; resident of Loomis, outside Sacramento.
- Rod Fuller (Caterpillar Top Fuel Dragster): Finished second in Top Fuel points in 2007, earning his second straight POWERade top-10 finish.
- Cory McClenathan (FRAM Top Fuel Dragster): 1997 NHRA Top Fuel winner at Infineon Raceway; ranked fifth on the NHRA all-time Top Fuel win list with 29 wins.
- Gary Scelzi (Mopar/Oakley Dodge Charger Funny Car): 2005 NHRA Funny Car champion; two-time Funny Car winner at Infineon Raceway (2003, 2005).
- Matt Guidera (Mohegan Sun Buell Pro Stock Motorcycle): Finished 12th in final points standings in 2007; resident of Loomis, outside Sacramento.
The Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, which operates the karting center, will provide the karts, race suits, classroom instruction and on-track pointers for all competitors. There will be giveaways during the day, and the top 10 qualifiers (race fans) will compete in a 10-lap timed race at the end of day for the NHRA Experience. This package includes: two tickets to the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals (July 25-27) and a meet-and-greet with a top star on the NHRA circuit.
The NHRA drivers will also compete in a 10-lap timed race at the end of the day for King of the Track bragging rights. The winners the first five years of this highly-competitive race have been Funny Car driver Ron Capps (2003, 2005, 2006-2007) and McClenathan (2004). To reserve your seat in the NHRA Tour de Charity, please call 707-933-3950, 800-870-RACE, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.