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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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.”

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup
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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


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