Cars Under The Stars Celebrates Palm Beach International Raceway’s 50th Anniversary 2nd Annual Live Auction, Dinner and Concert To Benefit Place Of Hope
The 2nd Annual Cars Under The Stars event on Saturday, November 22, 2014, celebrates Palm Beach International Raceway™’s (PBIR) 50th Anniversary while benefiting Place of Hope, Palm Beach County’s largest child welfare agency. From race car experiences on PBIR’s Road Course to a classic rock concert, Cars Under The Stars offers motorsports enthusiasts an evening of festive entertainment – all to benefit foster children and youth who have been displaced from their homes due to abuse, neglect, and abandonment. This year, the event is generously underwritten by presenting sponsors Lamborghini Palm Beach and Lexus of Palm Beach.
Among the race car drivers who are kindly donating their cars and time to this cause – by offering ride-alongs to the public in exchange for donations to Place of Hope – are Shane Lewis, Derek Bell, Brian Redman and Guy Cosmo. Shane Lewis serves as the Resident Professional Driver for the Palm Beach Driving Club at Palm Beach International Raceway. In 2013, Lewis claimed victories in the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Dunlop 24H Dubai. His impressive resume also includes race victories in championships throughout the world including the American Le Mans Series, the European Le Mans Series, the Rolex Sports Car Series, SCCA World Challenge, Continental Challenge, VLN and the World 24hr Series.
With a legendary resume in sports car racing, Derek Bell has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times, the Daytona 24 Hours three times and the World Sportscar Championship twice. Recently, Bell was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, followed a year later by an induction into the Le Mans 24 Hours Drivers Hall of Fame.
Beginning his professional career with Formula One, Brian Redman won the SCCA/USAC Formula 5000 Championship three years in row, the 12 Hours of Sebring twice, and the 1981 IMGA GT championship. In 2002, Redman was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in the sports cars category.
Guy Cosmo won the 2005 ALMS Rookie of the Year award in LMP2 and has since maintained a reputation as a first-class professional and proven front-runner in both the Prototype and GT ranks. Cosmo has 54 starts in the American Le Mans Series including 4 wins.
“This very unique event offers the opportunity to directly affect the at-risk children of Palm Beach County,” noted Ken Fengler, Vice President and General Manager of the Palm Beach Driving Club. “The 50-year history of PBIR will be celebrated with on-track activity, food, drinks and music – all to benefit Place of Hope.”
Highlights of the Cars Under The Stars event at PBIR:
- Ride along in exotic cars and race cars on PBIR’s 2.034-mile, 10-turn Road Course
- Meet celebrity race car drivers: Shane Lewis, Derek Bell, Brian Redman and Guy Cosmo
- Enjoy live music from classic rock band Breeze
- Indulge in delectable cuisine including Chef Juan Montalvo’s famous paella, PGA National Resort & Spa’s iTruck, Ice Cream on Wheels, and DD’s Cupcakes
- Upgrade to a VIP Experience package featuring a ride-along with a celebrity driver, access to reserved VIP areas, dining at a reserved table with a celebrity driver, and a photo with a celebrity driver
- Participate in a live auction to benefit Place of Hope, hosted by Neil Saffer of Saffer + Company Benefit Auctions
The VIP Experience packages include early event admission at 4 pm. General admission hours are 5 pm to 10 pm. All proceeds from the event’s ticket sales and sponsorships go directly to Place of Hope. To purchase tickets for Cars Under The Stars at PBIR on November 22, 2014, visit www.tinyurl.com/carsunderthestars.
ABOUT PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Palm Beach International Raceway™ (PBIR) is a state-of-the-art, acclaimed motorsports and entertainment facility featuring a challenging 2.034-mile asphalt Road Course, an exciting 1/4-mile concrete Drag Strip, a thrilling 8/10-mile Kart Track, and a 250-foot-long Mud Bog for side-by-side drag racing. Approved for Indy Car testing, the 10-turn Road Course at PBIR consists of a 6/10-mile straightaway, 90-foot-wide flex-use area, 40- to 60-foot-wide seamless track, and a 6-degree banked corner. The Road Course welcomes world-class annual events including the Palm Beach Grand Prix. Designed by former NHRA World Champion Wayne McMurtry, the Drag Strip at PBIR hosts such premier events as the International Hot Rod Association’s Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series™, PRO Winter Warm-up, Dick Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship, Citrus Nationals, and Super Chevy Show. Sanctioned by the World Karting Association as a Master Track, the 12-turn, 26-foot-wide Kart Track at PBIR hosts the Florida Winter Tour and conducts karting schools, training courses, 3-hour endurance races, auto crossing events, racing leagues, and “arrive & drive” programs. Driving schools, testing sessions, private rentals, and corporate team-building events are held at PBIR year-round. Founded in 1964 and acquired in 2008 by IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), PBIR underwent a $20 million remodeling including an upgraded Road Course, low-glare lighting, safety barriers, luxury chalet, VIP trailer and timing tower. Located in Jupiter, Florida, PBIR is the official home of the Palm Beach Driving Club®. IRG also owns and operates Memphis International Raceway™, Southwestern International Raceway™, Cordova International Raceway™, Maryland International Raceway℠, and the International Hot Rod Association™. For more information, visitwww.RacePBIR.com and www.Instagram.com/RacePBIR, connect with PBIR atwww.Facebook.com/PalmBeachIntlRaceway and www.Twitter.com/RacePBIR, call 561.622.1400, or send an email to Info@RacePBIR.com.
ABOUT PLACE OF HOPE
Based in Palm Beach Gardens, Place of Hope is a faith-based, state-licensed child welfare organization that provides family-style foster care (emergency and long-term); family outreach and intervention; maternity care; safety for domestic minor sexually trafficked victims; transitional housing and support services; adoption and foster care recruitment and support; hope and healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect. In the last decade, Place of Hope has grown from one Family Cottage to six Cottages, the Seven Stars Cottage emergency placement and assessment center for boys, Joann’s Cottage for pregnant teens and young mothers, Villages of Hope for emancipated foster youth and our Extended Foster Care program, Hope House for victims of domestic minor sex trafficking and Homes of Hope for foster care, adoption placement, and support. The organization began serving children in South County recently with the July opening of the Genesis Boys’ Cottage at Place of Hope at the Haven Campus in Boca Raton. To learn more about Place of Hope, visit www.placeofhope.com.
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