The Grand Prix will kick off with the 45 Minute Small Bore Enduro Night Race under the lights on Friday evening at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Races will continue with Qualifying rounds on Saturday morning followed by feature races running throughout the afternoon and early evening. The final rounds of feature races will close the event at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Awards Ceremony. On Saturday guests can also enjoy a British Car Show.
This will be the second year that the Palm Beach Grand Prix will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County by selling charity rides on the road course. Guests will have the opportunity to take a spin on the two-mile, eleven-turn road course by purchasing rides in an exotic car or a race car to benefit underprivileged children. Rides will be available to purchase in the afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday of the Palm Beach Grand Prix. Last year the charity rides raised $6,000 to be donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.
Palm Beach Driving Club’s professional driver, Shane Lewis, will be giving guests rides in the Radical SR3 race car. Lewis is widely considered one of motorsports’ leading race and development drivers. In the past month, Lewis has won two back-to-back 24 Hour endurance races at the 24 Hours of Dubai and the Rolex 24 at Daytona. He has raced in eight 12 Hours of Sebring, seven Petit Le Mans, two 6 hours of Nurburgring and has won the 12 Hours of Magy Cours.
Drivers can participate in the fundraiser by entering a race class to win the HSR Le Mans Trophy donated by five-time Le Mans Champion, Derek Bell. The trophy, which Bell hoisted in the winner’s circle at the Sarthe Circuit, will be awarded to the team that accumulates the most points during the weekend for on-track performance.
“Once again, it is great to start the 2013 season Historic Sports Car Racing season at Palm Beach International Raceway,” said Ken Fengler, Vice President of Race Operations for HSR and Director of the Palm Beach Driving Club at Palm Beach International Raceway. “The Palm Beach Grand Prix over the past few years has grown into an event that the drivers, motorsport fans and South Florida car enthusiasts can all enjoy. We are excited to partner with the Boys & Girls Club yet again to raise money for a great cause and also offer fans a firsthand experience of racing at high speed.”
About Palm Beach International Raceway:
Palm Beach International Raceway was purchased by a group of real estate and corporate investors in 2007. The state-of-the-art venue is rapidly becoming one of the most popular raceways in the country for racers and spectators alike. As a leader in its operating form and function, PBIR seeks to provide its drivers with a higher level of challenge, excellence and opportunity. PBIR boasts three completely refurbished, exceptionally designed tracks, including a high-performance road course, an all-concrete drag strip and a 7/10’s mile karting track and new karting center. The technologically superior two-mile road course features some of the fastest and most challenging corners and straight-aways offered by any track in North America. PBIR is currently sanctioned by the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and is pending certification by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body for many major racing events. For more information on PBIR, please visit the venue’s website at www.RacePBIR.com