Seattle, WA (April 9th, 2010) – Olympus Rally drivers from all over the United States assembled at Pacific Grand Prix on the 22nd of April to sign autographs, give press rides, and participate in a karting raffle race for the benefit of the Ronald McDonald House. ??
Thanks to the Subaru Rally Team USA, Monster World Rally Team, Nos Energy Drink Rally Team, Rockstar Energy Drink Rally Team, Pat Moro, Chris Duplessis, Dillon Van Way, Jimmy Keeney, Mark Fox, Gary Cavett, and others, the Olympus Rally raised $2000+ for the Ronald McDonald House.
??The Washington weather cooperated and droves of fans took the afternoon off work to visit the site and meet their favorite drivers, watch rally action, and buy raffle tickets. PGP was an integral part of the press stage and thrilled fans lined the overlooks to see the cars smoke the tarmac corners and power out of the circuit floor up the hillside to a gravel bluff where a dirt course was provided. Pacific Grand Prix earned its Motorsports Park namesake as it also showcased a few other disciplines this unique facility supports. Demonstrations included automotive lapping with 600+ HP Subaru WRX’s, an incredible performance by the local drifting hot shoes, Supermoto’s letting it all hang out, and Shifter Karts along with Rotax Karts all entertained the crowd as the rally drivers signed autographs.
?A bus load of Ronald McDonald House kids visited Pacific Grand Prix and granted dreams to kids in need when they met Travis Pastrana and Dave Mirra in a private meet and greet session. ??
The big event of the evening occurred when 12 raffle winners were selected to race karts against 8 Rally America drivers in the PGP Birel rental fleet. Meaning they got to see how they fared against the likes of Travis Pastrana, Dave Mirra, Andrew Comrie-Picard, Chris Duplessis, Dillon Van Way, and Mark Fox.
??It was a real life “Pros versus Joes” situation! All the Rally America drivers came from Championship pedigree and now they faced their respective fans in spec karts. The playing field leveled, fans gave it all they got to see who was best in a qualifying session, two heats and one final free for all!
??Travis Pastrana obviously was the one to beat, but it was 15 year-old Jessica “Jessers” Dana who led the pack for the overall win! In qualifying, Dana fought her way up from the middle of the pack to overtake Pastrana and net pole position. Later, she opened a big gap in the first heat and beat all the Rally America drivers. In the final shootout, Dana engaged in a close battle with Army soldier, Tony Severson, and crossed the finish line first by only a foot!
??Of the Rally America drivers Dave Mirra again proved that he is no racing slouch and won in his heat and posted the fastest lap in the shootout. But it was Jimmy Keeney, who has a karting background, who beat Dave Mirra in a close battle in the final shootout laps and just ahead of Travis Pastrana in fifth place. Andrew Comrie-Picard and Pat Moro had way too much fun on the course and was black flagged for jumping the rumble strips. ?
This event was a huge success for the fans, the Ronald McDonald House and kids, for the facility, and even for the drivers who stayed late into the evening.