'Challenge the Champions' to Benefit the Spalding Foundation
Shangri-La II Motorspeedway in Tioga Center, NY along with Grafix by Billy and Wyalusing Valley Motorsports Park in Wyalusing , PA are proud to sponsor “Challenge The Champions” to benefit The Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers. The event will be held on Friday August 12, 2011 at the Seneca Grand Prix Speedway 2374 State Rte. 414 Watkins Glen, NY from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The track is located just 1 mile from Gate 2 at Watkins Glen International. The fundraiser for the Spalding Foundation will offer race fans the opportunity to race go-carts against local racing celebrities and quite possibly several NASCAR stars and their families as well with the proceeds going to a very worthy cause. Shangri-La II Motorspeedway’s Director of Public Relations, Al Robinson has been named as Grand Marshall for the evening. Robinson is a long time announcer at Watkins Glen, and is currently on the road to recovery from a stroke suffered in May of this year. “We can not thank the owner of Seneca Grand Prix Speedway, Jason Bonsignore enough for generously offering the use of his facility to us for the evening” said Spalding Foundation Director, Betty Sherwood. “The Spalding Foundation has worked extremely hard promoting safety this year at Shangri-La II” track manager, Amy Stilson said. “We were very happy to join this function when Betty Sherwood approached us with the idea”. This event has come together rather quickly, and is being held on the same weekend that the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup series are in action at the famous road course. There is a lot of interest from the national touring drivers as the word is spreading. Nationwide Series driver, Mike Wallace and his son Matt have already stated their intention to participate. Local drivers also committing include ARCA Series driver, Brent Cross, Shangri-La II Motorspeedway 2010 Rookie of the Year, Bryan Sherwood, Justin Shiner, Jesse Kent, Duane Manzer, Tom Eiklor, Eddie White, Marshall Balzer, Daryl Barrett, Steve Williams, Mike Williams, Nick Robinson with more local and celebrity drivers are indicating their participation daily.
So, make a trip to “The Glen” with the family, support the inspired work of the Spalding Foundation and CHALLENGE THE CHAMPIONS Friday August 12th. To learn more about The Spalding Foundation for Injured Drivers, go to their website: www.spaldingfoundation.org
ABOUT THE SPALDING FOUNDATION
The mission of the Spaulding Foundation for Injured Drivers is to provide monetary support for drivers, crewmen and racing officials who have sustained injuries in a race related accident at a NASCAR, dirt or local licensed track in New York State and around the United States.
In 1988, Rod Spalding was seriously injured while racing at the Rougemont, North Carolina Speedway. Spalding was a well-known and popular driver at the Shangri-La Speedway, Owego (Tioga Motorsports Park), as well as a member of the NASCAR Modified division. Immediately following Spalding’s accident in 1988, Betty Sherwood from Owego, NY organized an event that was held at Quinlan Park, Waverly where fans helped her raise more than $25,000.The following year Sherwood formed the Spalding Foundation in honor of Rod Spalding, and serves as president. Diane Crooker of Horseheads, NY and Pam Olenski of Maine, NY complete the three member board.Since its formation in 1989, the Spalding Foundation has donated over $100,000 to more than 130 individuals and families.
The Spalding Foundation is supported solely by donations and various fundraising events. If you would like more information on how you can contribute, please contact :
Betty Sherwood, director
SPALDING FOUNDATION FOR INJURED DRIVERS, INC. 1989-2011
1074 Sulpher Springs Rd.
Owego, NY 13827