Denver, NC (11 June, 2016)–Action Express Racing partnered with Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards’ Cider Tree product line last weekend at Watkins Glen International with the goal of fundraising for Parkinson’s Research through Team Fox and more than $7,300 was raised.
The fundraising efforts came through an online “Fund the Fox” auction and a live “Party for Marty” event and auction at the racetrack on the Thursday prior to the race, both hosted by Hazlitt.
Included in the online auction, live during the weeks leading up to the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, were a NASCAR Cheez-It 355 race weekend package, a Finger Lakes wine weekend hosted by Hazlitt, and a race-used driving suit belonging to Christian Fittipaldi. The live event included a number of race-used car parts and items belonging to the drivers, Mothers car care products, and prints by photographer José Mário Dias. In addition to items sold, direct donations to Team Fox by many attendees helped to make the venture such a rousing success.
Hazlitt Executive Vice President Dan DeBell is elated by the results so far. “Coming back to work with the defending IMSA champions at such a landmark race was hugely significant for all of us at Hazlitt, and we wanted nothing more than to support a worthy organization like Team Fox.
“I could tell that this was a cause that was very important to all of the team members,” adds DeBell. “I also had the opportunity to chat with Sonny Whelen, who is on the board of the [Team Fox parent organization] Michael J. Fox Foundation. What the Foundation does for people suffering from Parkinson’s is just fantastic, and it’s an organization we’re proud to have supported.”
Whelen himself is also pleased with the outcome. “The Michael J. Fox Foundation exists ultimately to find a cure for Parkinson’s,” says the former driver who joined the Michael J. Fox Foundation after his own diagnosis. “But we are also devoted to the development of better treatment and therapy options for those that suffer from the disease.
“Cider Tree’s willingness to come alongside the team and work toward these goals that are so important to me, my family, and the whole team-that dedication is what makes our partnership so successful.”
Team owner Bob Johnson said he is happy with the success of the Action Express/Hazlitt union. “Certainly Parkinson’s research is something that means a lot to every member of this team. The events that Hazlitt conducted created considerable publicity for Team Fox, and we are delighted to have worked with a group that is so committed to our efforts in auto racing.”
Action Express Racing was able to execute a perfect 1-2 podium sweep in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. João Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi won the race in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP, with their No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Team Fox teammates Dane Cameron and Eric Curran were right on their heels in second place. Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was equally successful for the team, with the two cars trading steps on the podium in another 1-2 sweep. Action Express will now set its sights on the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America on August 7.