There were many winners Friday night at PGP Motorsports Park as 27 teams and more than 100 drivers took part in the 2010 Pacific Northwest Historics Kart Race Challenge presented by the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts (SOVREN) and the SOVREN Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital.
With more than $30,000 raised to offset uncompensated care, the biggest winner of all was Children’s Hospital. Nearly 20 percent of that total, $5,882, was raised by The Flying Caledonians, winners of the most money pledged category. Fielded by Caledonian Insurance Group, Inc., of Mercer Island, Wash., the drivers for The Flying Caledonians were company president Anthony Cowan, Jeremy McCaslin, Olivia Fannin, and Ed Williams.
"I am absolutely ecstatic about the turnout, enthusiasm and how the participants captured the essence of the event,” said Sean Naslund, who was SOVEREN Guild’s chairman for the event as well as serving as the announcer. “I couldn't be happier about how the event was handled by the PGP staff. It was fun, professional and a dream come true. A big thanks goes out to all who made this a reality."
Team Hope Care Cure for Children’s ($3,230) brought in the second-most donations, followed by Sideways 4 Kids ($2,447), LeMay-America’s Car Museum Red Team ($2,105) and Armstrong & Anderson Racers ($1,908).
The winning group in the two-hour endurance race was J&L Fabricating Team 2, comprised of Kyle Byers, Brandon Scheiber, Mashall Petersen and Evan Margeson, who completed 64 total laps. Finishing second with 62 laps was the Ultimate Rally Experience team, while Team Small Dog, LeMay-America’s Car Museum Red Team and Team Hope Care Cure for Children’s each went 61 laps.
The $1,800 winners’ trophy, generously donated by Byers Custom Painting, Speedware Motorsports, Schiferl Woodworking and C&M Trophy, will remain on perpetual display at PGP, inscribed with the names of both the race winning and top donating teams.
As regular racers in PGP’s competitive karting series, Kyle, Brandon and Marshall of the J&L Fabricating Team 2 may have had an advantage over the others on the .82-mile track, but the spectators who packed the paddock and grandstands didn’t seem to mind in the least.
“There was spectacular driving, and exciting driver changes and refueling,” PGP owner Juli Zalud said. “The paddock was buzzing with excitement and you could feel the adrenaline as people in the crowd cheered on their teams.”
Thousands of dollars worth of donated items were given out as prizes, including raffle items from Starbucks, Griot's Garage, PGP Motorsports Park, Karmichael Auto Salon Detailing, ProFormance Race School, Seattle's Best Coffee, Meguiar's, and Urban Dogs. Although rain began to fall late in the race, first softly and then more steadily as the checkered flag waved, the enthusiasm and excitement of drivers and spectators wasn’t dampened in the least.
“The night was absolutely amazing,” said Jennifer Wirkman, Pacific Northwest Historics event coordinator. “All the folks who worked so hard to put it on did such a great job.”
The Kart Challenge at PGP Motorsports Park was part of the 22nd annual Pacific Northwest Historics Vintage Auto Races held Thursday-Sunday at nearby Pacific Raceways. Formed in 1991 to work with SOVREN to support Seattle Children’s Hospital, the SOVREN Guild has now contributed more than $8 million to offset uncompensated care. The SOVREN Guild is one of more than 500 guilds in the Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association, which is comprised of nearly 7,500 members statewide.
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Visit www.pacificgp.com, become a fan of “Pacific Grand Prix” on Facebook or follow @pacificgp on Twitter. For more information on the SOVREN Guild and the Vintage Car Race, visit www.sovren.org or www.northwesthistorics.com. You can also become a fan of “SOVREN Guild” on Facebook.