Corvette Racing to Pedal in Tour de Road America Bike Ride to Fight Cancer
Corvette Challenge II to Feature Doug Fehan, Jan Magnussen, and Calvin Fish in Charity Fundraiser
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – The Tour de Road America – Bike Ride to Fight Cancer presented by Delta Dental will return for its sixth year to the Road America circuit on Friday, August 14, at 6:15 p.m. CDT. The annual charity fundraiser is held in conjunction with the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase featuring the American Le Mans Series at the scenic Wisconsin track.
After Friday’s motorsports action winds down, the cycling action will gear up. Race fans, local cyclists, cancer survivors and families will join professional drivers and their race teams on track to raise funds for cancer survivorship. Participants can ride a single lap or as many as they can before sundown. All kinds of bikes are welcome, and the ride is open to all ability levels and ages.
The popular Corvette Challenge “race within the ride” will also return on Friday for an international, winner-take-all, one-lap bicycle race around the 4.0-mile course. Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan will take on Corvette Racing driver Jan Magnussen and SPEED TV commentator Calvin Fish for bragging rights. The trio will race to raise funds for the event’s beneficiaries, which include the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Austin Hatcher Foundation, the late Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic.
Fans can show their support for Fehan, Magnussen, or Fish by pledging donations through www.pelotonride.org/corvettechallenge.html. Corvette Racing fans can also pledge donations in person at the Corvette Corral or by mail with a downloaded form from www.pelotonride.org/CorvetteChallengeForm.pdf.
Other drivers from the top-tier American Le Mans Series joining the ride will include Patrick Long, David Robertson, Andrea Robertson, Lee Pen, Joerg Bergmeister, Johnny Mowlem, and Guy Smith. In addition to the ride, the event also features a silent auction of auto racing memorabilia, cycling gear and items donated by local businesses on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Organizers expect 300 to 400 cyclists to take part in the ride and hope to raise $40,000.
“Lance returned to the bicycle to raise awareness for his LIVESTRONG Foundation’s global campaign to fight cancer,” said Tour de Road America organizer George Siegle. “His strong showing at the Tour de France definitely re-energized interest in cycling, fighting cancer and in the Tour de Road America. We’re expecting many of Lance’s ‘LIVESTRONG ARMY’ to make a showing here on Friday evening. It’s going to be a great ride, and we hope to make a big contribution to the fight against cancer!”
More information and online registration is available at www.pelotonride.org, www.roadamerica.com, or at the track at the Tour de Road America booth on Friday.
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About the Tour de Road America: The Tour de Road America – Bike Ride to Fight Cancer presented by Delta Dental is organized by the Tour de Road America Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with an all-volunteer staff. Since 2004, it has raised over $120,000 for event beneficiaries that include the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic in Sheboygan, Wis., and the Austin Hatcher Foundation. The Tour de Road America is made possible by the generous support of Road America, the American Le Mans Series and other racing series, Delta Dental, Giordana Cycling Apparel, Baxter, Gear Grinder, JHG Benefits, Bella’s Custom Design, Tria Design and Marketing, Marketing Acuity, and many other businesses and individuals. For more information on the Tour de Road America, including photos from previous events, visit www.pelotonride.org.
Release Date: August 13, 2009