Action Express Racing and Hazlitt’s Cider Tree will be hosting a ‘Party for Marty’ at Watkins Glen International to benefit Team Fox — the grassroots community fundraising program to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research — on Thurs., June 30, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (ET).
The Party for Marty, which will feature a silent auction, will take place in the Cider Tree Suite at the Watkins Glen track (located across from the Continental Tire hospitality area and next to the ‘Corvette Corral.’) An online auction (www.FundtheFox.com) is also currently taking place in conjunction with the Party for Marty and will be open to bidding up until 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Thurs., June 30.
All four Action Express racing drivers – Joao Barbosa, Dane Cameron, Eric Curran and Christian Fittipaldi – will attend the Party for Marty. In Sunday’s (July 3) IMSA race – the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen — Barbosa and Fittipladi will be driving the No. 5 Mustang Sampling/Hazlitt’s Cider Tree Corvette DP, and Cameron and Curran will be behind the wheel of the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DP.
Auction items available online include:
- Christian Fittipaldi’s race-worn fire suit from the 2015 championship-winning season, including during the team’s victory in the 12 Hours of Sebring – which broke a 50 year drought of Chevrolet winning that race.
- A ‘Finger Lakes Wine Weekend’ for four that includes accommodations (four days/three nights), a private six hour wine tour for four, and a VIP wine tasting at Hazlitt’s Red Cat Cellars.
- A ‘2016 NASCAR Experience at the Glen’ for two that includes accommodations (four days/three nights), as well as race tickets and hospitality for this year’s stock car race weekend at the track.
Among the items featured in the on-site silent auction will be autographed boots, gloves, visors and other gear from the four Action Express Racing drivers, as well as autographed car parts and pieces.
Sonny Whelen, the owner of Whelen Engineering and the primary sponsor of the team’s No. 31 entry, is a Michael J. Fox Foundation board member.
“I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s ten years ago,” says Whelen. “I actually retired from racing to work with Team Fox and the Foundation’s effort’s to find a cure. Every year, 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and as many as five million people suffer from it worldwide — a number that is and has been steadily growing. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is devoted to producing better therapies for people affected by Parkinson’s and, ultimately, to finding a cure.”
“Having our partners so committed to raising money for Parkinson’s research is what really drives this union,” says Barbosa. “Obviously it’s a cause that is very important to our whole team, and these activities will bring a lot of publicity to Team Fox and the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and help with their fundraising needs.”
Additional information can be found atwww.FundtheFox.com.