ELKHART LAKE, WI, August 07, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Race fans, families, cancer survivors and cyclists return this coming weekend to Road America's four miles of sweeping turns, hills and scenic natural scenic beauty for the 10th annual SUBARU Tour de Road America - BIKE RIDE TO FIGHT CANCER presented by Lakeland Automotive on Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. CT.
More than thirty drivers 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 will take part in the cycling fundraiser with a goal of raising $35,000 for the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, the Livestrong Foundation and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic in Sheboygan, Wis.
"I'm looking forward to doing something a little different, running the track with a bicycle. It makes our racing a lot more human and I can share with other race fans what I believe is a great cause," said Max Papis, driver of the No. 61 R.Ferri/AIM Autosport Racing Ferrari 458 Italia. "It's going to be great to run a couple of laps and mingle with the race fans."
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.
Organizers expect more than 350 participants for a ride that will last up to three hours on the track. "We have a couple of important milestones this year," said George F. Siegle, ride co-director and president, tour de Road America Foundation. "Not only is the tour de Road America - BIKE RIDE TO FIGHT CANCER celebrating our 10th anniversary, but we also expect to surpass the $250,000 mark for net funds raised for the fight against cancer."
Joining Papis from GRAND-AM are: Joao Barbosa, Anthony Lazarro, Gustavo Yacaman, Jeff Westphal, Ricky Taylor and Christian Fittipaldi. American Le Mans Series drivers scheduled to appear include Guy Cosmo, Bruno Junqueira, Colin Braun, Patrick Dempsey, Duncan Ende, Sean Edwards, Kuno Wittmer, Renger van der Sande, Alex Popow, Mirco Schultis, Jonathan Bennett, Jan Heylen, Bradley Lim, Andy Lally and Marino Franchitti.
A silent auction of one-of-a-kind motorsports memorabilia, cycling gear, and local items will take place Friday through Sunday.
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 almost $190,000 for event beneficiaries the Austin Hatcher Foundation, LIVESTRONG, and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The Tour de Road America is made possible by the generous support of Road America, the American Le Mans Series and other racing series, Subaru, Delta Dental of Tennessee, Bella's Custom Design, Tria Marketing and Design, Marketing Acuity, and many other businesses and individuals. For more information on the Tour de Road America, visit http://www.pelotonride.org or http://www.facebook.com/tdraride
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