Racing for Cancer, DeBoer partner ahead of Le Mans Festival

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source: APCool release here. The 2014 Indianapolis 500 champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay, has also spent much of his career with Racing for Cancer, working to raise awareness and fundraise to help the cause.

Hunter-Reay will have another driver on board with Racing for Cancer, in the form of sports car driver Derek DeBoer, who has raced most recently with the TRG-AMR team in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Pirelli World Challenge championships.

The full release is below:

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Photo: IMSA

Racing for Cancer and Derek DeBoer, with the TRG-AMR team are pleased to announce an exciting partnership for Derek’s next race. Derek will campaign the No. 83 Racing for Cancer B.R.M. TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in the 2015 Le Mans Festival race held just prior to the start of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13, 2015. In addition, Derek is pleased to announce that he will launch the “83 Reasons to Follow car 83” fundraising program to allow fans to donate to Racing for Cancer and have their name or a loved one’s name honored on Derek’s No. 83 Aston Martin for the event.

The donation requested will be $100.00 and 50% will go directly to Racing for Cancer. With this donation, the name of the donor or loved one will be included on a yellow note strip above the rear tire of Derek’s race car. Each donor will receive an email with a hi-res digital photo of the name that they requested on the Aston Martin as well as additional hi-res photos of the car in action from the race. To donate and be a part of the campaign, please go to http://www.derekdeboerracing.com/shopping/

Racing For Cancer is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization co-founded by 2012 IndyCar champion, and 2014 Indy 500 champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay. Ryan started the charity following his mother’s passing from cancer in 2009. Since 2010, Racing for Cancer has been working towards a goal of uniting motorsports fans, teams, drivers, and sponsors to take of their collective generosity to support the global fight to beat cancer. Through various fundraising programs, Racing for Cancer is focused on the awareness and value of early detection and prevention. Nearly one third of all cancer is said to be preventable. In addition, they aim to do more to help in the fight against childhood cancer. One in every 300 children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 19 and cancer is the number one cause of disease-related death among children. With your help we can do more in advancing the global fight to beat cancer!

Derek will use the Le Mans Festival event as the initial opportunity to partner with this great charity. Look for further announcements from Derek DeBoer and Racing for Cancer on expanding the partnership in 2015, 2016 and beyond.

source:  No. 83 Racing for Cancer B.R.M. TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4 driver Derek DeBoer, “I am so excited for this chance to turn my first laps on the most hallowed ground of endurance racing- Le Mans. Doing this with my family and racing family of TRG-AMR is exactly how I would dream up my first Le Mans experience. Even larger than this- I am honored to be announcing my partnership with Ryan Hunter-Reay’s Racing For Cancer charity and see it as an opportunity to both educate and raise the much needed funding to continue this global fight. Much like Ryan, I’ve experienced cancer from an outside view- Loved ones have been lost, families and relationships have been torn apart, and a lucky few have won! I’ve felt and witnessed the Grace, Bravery and Fear that come along with cancer and see the largest determining factor of the end result coming with early detection. That is what this partnership is all about- educating to find it early so that there is a chance to win.”

Racing for Charity President and co-founder Tom Vossman added, “We are excited to partner with Derek in this historic race week. It has been our goal to expand our efforts to all motorsports so this partnership is a real pivotal step in our commitment to grow and do more for the cancer community. Derek is aligned with our vision and is very committed to support our efforts!”

TRG-AMR CEO Kevin Buckler, “This is a great cause and well put together and I could not think of a better ambassador than Derek. He has been such a fantastic friend and teammate and is always so committed to making sure that whatever he touches achieves integrity and success. Having this debut at one of the greatest sports car racing events in the world just puts on the final touches and we look forward to helping Derek with his Racing for Cancer campaign and its debut at Le Mans.”

“I lost my mom, who was by my side my entire career, tragically to this disease.” added Ryan Hunter-Reay. “I wanted to give back and do so in a way that emphasized the need for early detection and prevention. In just four short years, through the help of our partners, we have donated over $3 million in the global fight. I am committed as ever to grow and do more so hopefully someday, nobody has to go through what my family endured in the loss of my mom, Lydia.”

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Houston

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Eli Tomac led all 23 laps of the Monster Energy Supercross race at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and the results show he now has three wins in the season and is one shy of tying Ricky Carmichael’s 48 for third on the all-time list. With this win, he takes a seven point lead in the standings with 12 rounds remaining.

For Tomac at Houston, it was literally a tale of two races. Both his heat and the main started the same with Tomac grabbing the holeshot, but he was passed quickly by Chase Sexton in the heat. Tomac faded quickly after getting passed and was trailing by almost eight seconds at the checkered flag, which caused him to retreat to the hauler and reassess his lines. Without making any adjustments to the bike, Tomac entered the Main with a new attitude, and simply rode better.

Supercross Results Houston
Chase Sexton played it safe in the sand, but he was aggressive in every other turn. – Feld Motor Sports

Sexton had so great a lead in his heat that one could not even use the cliche that he left Tomac in his dust. By the time the rider with the No. 1 plate crossed the same real estate as the No. 23, the dust was well settled. Sexton had a modest start on the initial gate drop and ended Lap 1 in fourth. He worked his way past Aaron Plessinger on Lap 3 and got around Jason Anderson three laps later. Sexton was able to catch Tomac and pressure him, but he picked a safe, i.e. slow line through the sand section and could never get alongside his rival.

RESULTS: Click here for 450 Results; Click here for full 250 East Main Results

After starting the season with back-to-back seventh-place finishes, Anderson now has a pair of podiums. He won his heat and was easily one of the top three riders in the field, ultimately finishing behind the riders who finished 1-2 in the other preliminary. Anderson was subdued on the podium – happy he was there, but disappointed he has not yet found a way around the riders he is chasing in the points.

In the early stages of the race, Plessinger appeared to have a bike capable of winning. He pressured Tomac on the first two laps and was setting up the pass just as a red flag waved for an injury to Dylan Ferrandis that brought out a red flag. He lost second to Anderson on the restart and eventually slipped to fourth to score his first top-five of the season.

Click here for 450 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier

Cooper Webb rounded out the top five. Along with Sexton, he is now one of just two riders with a sweep of that mark in 2023, but with Tomac’s three wins, he is beginning to slip in the points. Webb sits third in the standings, 12 points behind the leader.

Ken Roczen entered the race as the third rider with a sweep of the top five and progressively better results in the first three races of 2023. Had the pattern held, he would have finished at least second, but he struggled for most of the night, finishing fifth in his heat and eighth in the Main. There may have been extenuating circumstances, however. Ferrandis’ injury was suffered when he landed on the back of Roczen’s bike and potentially damaged the No. 94 Suzuki.

Click here for 450 Main results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points | Lap Chart


The 250 East division made their 2023 debut in Houston, but the name atop the board was familiar. Hunter Lawrence joined his brother Jett Lawrence as the early points’ leader in their respective divisions, but it didn’t come without a little anxiety.

Riding behind Supercross newbie Tom Vialle on the second lap, Lawrence was forced to take evasive action when the leader pitched his bike sideways to scrub speed over a jump. Lawrence veered left and landed off course, but he cleared the Tuff Blox and kept his bike straight. Lawrence made the pass for the lead on Lap 18 and never relinquished it.

Click here for 250 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier

In his first attempt on a 250, Max Anstie ascended to the podium. – Feld Motor Sports

England’s Max Anstie made the move from 450s to 250s this year after scoring a best result of 11th on the big bike at Anaheim 2 last year. It didn’t take anytime at all to find the front for Anstie, who finished second in both his heat and main.

It has been a while since Jordon Smith stood on the podium: February 23, 2019 to be exact when he finished that well in Detroit. A series of injuries kept him off the bike for much of 2020 and 2021, but he’s proving to be a factor when he’s healthy.

Click here for 250 Main results | 250 East Rider Points | Combined Rider Points | Lap Chart

There was a lot of hype surrounding the debut of Haiden Deegan in the 250 class and he proved it was merited. He finished fourth in his heat and main. He was as far down as ninth at one point in the feature before slowly picking off riders on his way to the front.

Jeremy Martin finished fifth and now has a streak of three consecutive top-fives to his credit stretching back to last year. Unfortunately, his pair of strong runs in 2022 were interrupted by injury.

Making impressive debuts in the 250 division, Vialle recovered from a fall to finish seventh, Chance Hymas finished eighth, and Talon Hawkins just missed the top 10 with an 11th.

2023 Results

Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Chase Sexton falls
Week 1: Eli Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s