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 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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