KENT, Wash. — (July 4, 2011) The numbers tell only a part of the story of the 2nd annual Pacific Northwest Historics Kart Race Challenge presented by the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts (SOVREN) and the SOVREN Guild of Seattle Children’s Hospital and held Saturday, July 2 at PGP Motorsports Park.
Two hours, 27 teams, 108 racers, and more than $50,000 raised to offset uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital — a generous increase over the amount raised in the inaugural running of the event last year. Last year the 27 teams taking part in the Kart Challenge far exceeded the set goal of $15,000 goal, bringing in more than $35,000.
The rest of the story of this event, which kicked off the 23rd annual Pacific Northwest Historics Vintage Auto Races held July 1-3 at nearby Pacific Raceways, was just how much fun everyone had at PGP’s award-winning facility on a beautiful summer evening in the Pacific Northwest.
“We didn’t have anything planned for Friday night,” said SOVREN president Stevyn Anthony, who took part as a member of the Kidney Stone Racing team. “In years past, everyone set up for the weekend event and headed out for dinner or hung around Pacific Raceways. Sean Naslund, Chairman of the SOVREN Guild, approached me last year and asked if we might be interested in the Kart Race Challenge, and we were in.”
Crossing the finish line with the most laps in just over two hours was Team Seattle (Team 2), comprised of Ryan Hieronymus, Bill O’Hargan, Danny Buecker, and Geoff Newman. Team Seattle (Team 2) finished 83 laps in a time of 2 hours, 1 minute and 6.943 seconds.
Second-place honors went to J&L Fabricating (Team 2), with talented young karters Kyle Byers, Artie Carpenter, Marshall Peterson and
Evan Margeson crossing the finish line just 24 seconds behind the winners. The final spot on the podium went to the only other team on the same lap: America’s Car Museum (Team Red), with Dominic Dobson, Brandon Scheiber, Jessica Dana and PGP’s own Matt Russe crossing the stripe just 34 seconds behind the winners.
After the top teams were awarded trophies for their on-track prowess, additional recognition was accorded to the teams that had raised the most money for Seattle Children’s Hospital. The leaders by quite a bit, A & A Racing raised more than $11,000 — setting the bar very high for teams next year. Team HOPE, CARE, CURE raised $5,000, Team Seattle (Team 2) came in with $4,000 and The Flying Caledonians — the team that raised the most last year — added $3,200.
SOVREN Guild chairman Naslund also recognized Ryan Hieronymus of Team Seattle (Team 2) for setting the fastest lap of the event, 1:17.929. Asked what part of the track he enjoyed most, Ryan said: “The last two curves, I really like the camber.”
Dirt Fish, a team made up of rally racers Ross Bentley, Ted Anthony, Adam Newell and Nate Tennis from Snoqualmie, had hoped for a podium finish but receive a respectable fourth with 82 laps while Team Seattle (Team 1), Don Kitch, Jr., James Gue, Dan Cameron, Dan Rogers was fifth with 81 laps.
The 27 teams taking part in the Kart Challenge came from a variety of local organizations. Vintage car repair and maintenance firm J&L Fabricating brought two teams as did Lake Union SeaRay, which had groups representing both Sales and Service. America’s Car Museum had Teams Red, White and Blue while PopCap Games also had three teams named Unpleasant HorsePower, The Skid Marks, and Karts vs Zombies.
“Events like this are a lot of work to prepare for, but they are so worth it in the end,” said PGP owner Paul Zalud. “PGP is ideally suited to host to large groups, with the room and amenities to provide a unique and fun experience to a wide range of participants.”
The Kart Challenge at PGP Motorsports Park was part of the 23nd annual Pacific Northwest Historics Vintage Auto Races held July 1-3 at nearby Pacific Raceways. Formed in 1991 to work with SOVREN to support Seattle Children’s Hospital, the SOVREN Guild has contributed more than $8.3 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.