ELKHART LAKE, WI, July 19, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Race fans, families, cancer survivors, and cyclists will take to the Road America race track's four miles of sweeping turns, hills, and scenic natural beauty for the annual SUBARU Tour de Road America - "Bike Ride to Fight Cancer" presented by Lakeland Automotive on Friday, August 9 at 5:30 P.M., ride organizers, series officials, and Road America announced today.
They will be joined on the track by professional racing drivers, teams, and their families from the American Le Mans Series Presented by Tequila Patrόn, GRAND-AM, IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, and Cooper Tire Prototype Lites powered by Mazda racing series.
Bruno Junquiera, driver of the No. 9 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09, is a veteran of several tours de Road America, including the first event in 2004. "For sure, I always enjoy Road America, whether its on the bike for the tour de Road America or in the car," said Junquiera. "The other drivers, the teams, and the fans all show up and we have a great bike ride to fight cancer together."
The ride is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013, and event organizers expect a contingent of 400 cyclists to take part and raise $35,000 for three organizations that support cancer survivorship - the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, the official charity of the American Le Mans Series Presented by Tequila Patrόn, as well as the LIVESTRONG Foundation, and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic in Sheboygan, Wis.
The Road America course challenges cyclists with its hills but is still family-friendly. Entire families will come out and enjoy four miles of smooth racing surface, with no cars and no traffic.
The fundraising ride follows Friday's auto racing activities and is open to cyclists of all abilities, and all kinds of bikes. For many cyclists and race fans, it's the highlight of the summer - the chance to turn laps on the smooth track alongside their racing heroes as the sun sets over the scenic Kettle Moraine countryside of Elkhart Lake.
A silent auction of one-of-a-kind motorsports memorabilia, cycling gear, and local items will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, culminating just before the start of the feature race on Saturday afternoon.
For more information and to register for the ride, visit http://www.pelotonride.org.
The Tour de Road America - Bike Ride to Fight Cancer is organized by the Tour de Road America Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with an all-volunteer staff, and with assistance from the Austin Hatcher Foundation. Since 2004, the Tour de Road America has raised over $220,000 for event beneficiaries the Austin Hatcher Foundation, the LIVESTRONG Foundation, and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The SUBARU Tour de Road America presented by Lakeland Automotive is made possible by the generous support of Road America, the American Le Mans Series, GRAND-AM, and other racing series, Subaru, Lakeland Automotive, Delta Dental of Tennessee, Spoke 8 Marketing, Cerulean Web Hosting, Marketing Acuity, Bellas Custom Design and many other businesses and individuals. For more information on the SUBARU Tour de Road America, including photos from previous events, visit http://www.pelotonride.org or http://www.facebook.com/tdraride.
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July 17, 2013
George Siegle, President, Tour de Road America Foundation
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Amy Jo Osborn, Austin Hatcher Foundation
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