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Thank you to #racerswhocare for inviting our students to learn about STEM and racing! Students visited Pomona Speedway and learned about the connection between school and career success! Thank you to racer Adrienne Markham (@reremarkham7087)from @calpolypomona for being such an awesome tour guide!

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For some time, I have been sharing with you photos of RWC's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Programs, made possible by a donation from the William T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation. Every two hours throughout the weekend, groups number from 20 to 200 elementary school students come in from schools kids' groups and parks in Long Beach and Los Angeles.

They are first greeted at the door of the conference room that the Grand Prix Association donates to RWC. Pictured here, students are greeted as they come in by volunteers from CERT [Community Emergency Response Team]; they are then seated on the floor [because the conference room typically does not have room for the number of chairs we need] and are treated to a Quick Tips on Winning in Life presentation by one or more racers. Here, off road racer Marcus Wiley, IndyCar driver Spencer Pigot, Formula Drift competitor Jhonnattan Castro, RWC Board member Nathan Swartzbaugh and mini Swartzbaugh, and nostalgia drag racer Donald Galaz, share their favorite Quick Tips.

From our conference room, the students head downstairs on a fun, tall, escalator, for their racer-led Paddock Tour in the Expo area, where they see the Quick Tips on Winning in Life they just heard about being enacted in real life. In 2016, the Roscoe's race car was a kid favorite!

After their Paddock Tours, the students head back to the conference room, where they fill out comment cards, approximately 30-40 minutes after the Quick Tips on Winning in Life presentation. This is to gauge how much the Quick Tips impacted them, i.e., how much they recall after time has gone by. Here, Donald Don Galaz instructs the students how to fill out their cards.

I neglected one thing above: Before the students go to their Paddock Tour, they pose for a group photo with the racers. Here, students from the Long Beach Boys & Girls Club and from WRAP King Elementary School, pose with drag racer Adrienne Markham.
Quick Tips on Winning in Life racer presentations to children’s groups, schools, hospitals are an avenue through which professional racers can give back to the communities where they live and race, by inspiring, affirming, empowering, and fueling the dreams of children and teens, and encouraging them to believe in themselves and reach for their dreams.

The Racer Quick Tips Presentations and Race Day Tours center on key universal truths RWC calls Quick Tips on Winning in Life, applicable to all children and teens regardless of age, cultural background, or life experience: find something to do in life that you really love, study, learn the art of teamwork, find a mentor, take the long view, be flexible with your dreams and goals, avoid the path of least resistance, and more. Racers share with kids their own
personal career experiences centered around these Quick Tips.

These photos were taken by volunteer photographers Allen Aguirre and Edmund Jenks.
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Every year for RWC's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Programs, made possible by a donation from the William T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, we are very honored to have racers spend the entire week working with the student groups - speaking to them and taking them on racer-guided tours through the area where race teams are preparing their cars to compete. It is very exhausting work and lasts something like 8 hours on Friday and Saturday and 6 hours on Sunday! That takes dedication and commitment to inspiring kids to believe in themselves! Working with RWC in 2016 were drag racer Adrienne ReRe Markham, Donald Don Galaz and Scott Horner. These photos are by volunteer, Allen Aguirre, who originally signed up for a couple of hours, and ended up spending the entire weekend with us. We are so very thankful and honored to work with these fabulous people!
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While we are waiting for more photos to come to RWC from our NHRA Field Trip Program, I will post photos from RWC's 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program, made possible by a donation from the William T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation. This year, we hosted less students than in the year before, down approximately 400 from last year. This was because we attempted to limit the numbers of students coming at particular times once we reached 100, and because this year for some reason, groups did not want to come out at 8:00 a.m. or 4:00 p.m.!
We had a number of volunteers in 2016, recruited by Janna Hitchcock. Some were from Team Rubicon, a group of military veterans who are voluntary first responders with emergency response teams, and from CERT, the Long Beach Fire Department's Community Emergency Response Team, additionally, we had a student from Cal State Long Beach helping out, and April Morse, with her son, Chase, came out to assist, as well as Tina Melendez.
The photos attached show Marc Melissa from Team Rubicon and Allen Aguirre, from CERT, helping to set up our conference room, and photographer, John Lawson, who took photos at Long Beach for RWC and at RWC's NHRA Field Trip Program. These photos were taken by Allen Aguirre and Judy Strawn. We had four additional photographers at Long Beach, so many more photos are coming your way!
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Generally, we have kids and the adults who accompany them fill out comment cards after their Racers Who Care Quick Tips on Winning in Life field trips. Here are some of the cards filled out after our recent outing at the 2016 National Hot Rod Association Youth and Education Services Career Day program presented by the U.S. Army at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Auto Club Finals in Pomona, California. This event was made possible by the James T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and Steve Johnson Racing. Groups participating were Sandburg Middle School and Boys Republic.
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We were very honored to have drag racer, Adrienne Markham, participating in Racers Who Care's recent Quick Tips on Winning in Life field trip program for students at the National Hot Rod Association's recent Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Auto Club Finals in Pomona, California. The William T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and Steve Johnson Racing made this outing possible for the students, who were treated to the National Hot Rod Association Youth and Education Services Career Day program presented by the U.S. Army, then racers took them to watch racing, and see teams working on their racing machines. The racers explained to the students what they were looking at and how what they were seeing and learning was applicable to being a winner in life. This photo was taken by volunteer, Gisela Tapia. More photos on the way . . . ... See MoreSee Less

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We are still waiting to receive photos our photographer took of RWC's field trip program at the recent National Hot Rod Association Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Auto Club Finals in Pomona, California. Since RWC's cameras and equipment were stolen from our office earlier this year, I attempted to take photos with my Surface 3, however, it became very hot and stopped working after I took about a dozen photos. Attached here are a few of them.
The William T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and Steve Johnson Racing made this field trip outing to the NHRA's Finals possible for the students,
These are photos of Scott Horner, RWC's Board Chair and land speed record setter on unfaired motorcycles, and Marcus Wiley, who plans go off road racing in 2017. They met students from Boys Republic, attended the National Hot Rod Association Youth and Education Services Career Day program presented by the U.S. Army with them, and took them on a Pit Tour, which included watching on track action.
The day ended for the students with lunch in Steve Johnson Racing's hospitality area while drag bike competitor, Steve Johnson, gave them a Quick Tips on Winning in Life presentation, based on his own career experiences.
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Rialto drag racer, Adrienne Markham, is set participate with a group of students in the 2016 National Hot Rod Association Youth and Education Services Career Day program presented by the U.S. Army at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Auto Club Finals in Pomona, California, Thursday, November 10, 2016.
As guests for the day of the Steve Johnson Racing Team, the students will also be treated to Racers Who Care Quick Tips on Winning in Life life skills presentations made by pro-racers, based on their personal career experiences, and will enjoy racer-guided Pit Tours to see the Quick Tips being enacted in real life by race teams as they prepare to compete in the NHRA season finale.
This race day program is made possible by a grant from The William T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and by Steve Johnson Racing.
Included in RWC's field trip group will be middle school students from Glendora, California's Sandburg Middle School, and young people from Boys Republic. The attached photo is by John Lawson.
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Rialto drag racer, Adrienne Markham, is set participate with a group of students in the 2016 National Hot Rod Association Youth and Education Services Career Day program presented by the U.S. Army at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Auto Club Finals in Pomona, California, Thursday, November 10, 2016.
As guests for the day of the Steve Johnson Racing Team, the students will also be treated to Racers Who Care Quick Tips on Winning in Life life skills presentations made by pro-racers, based on their personal career experiences, and will enjoy racer-guided Pit Tours to see the Quick Tips being enacted in real life by race teams as they prepare to compete in the NHRA season finale.
This race day program is made possible by a grant from The William T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and by Steve Johnson Racing.
Included in RWC's field trip group will be middle school students from Glendora, California's Sandburg Middle School, and young people from Boys Republic. The attached photo is by John Lawson.
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The school groups participating in Racers Who Care's field Trip Program, that includes the NHRA/US ARMY Career Day program, are Glendora, California's Sandburg Middle School, and Boys Republic. Several volunteers have signed up through Volunteer Match, and John Lawson will be our photographer. Everyone is very excited! Attached are photos from our field trip to the 2015 NHRA Finals. Our Field Trip Program at the NHRA Finals is made possible by The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, and Steve Johnson Racing.
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Riverside car racer, Marcus Wiley, is set participate with a group of students in the 2016 National Hot Rod Association Youth and Education Services Career Day program presented by the U.S. Army at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Auto Club Finals in Pomona, California, Thursday, November 10, 2016.

As guests for the day of the Steve Johnson Racing Team, the students will also be treated to Racers Who Care Quick Tips on Winning in Life life skills presentations made by pro-racers, based on their personal career experiences, and will enjoy racer-guided Pit Tours to see the Quick Tips being enacted in real life by race teams as they prepare to compete in the NHRA season finale.

This race day program is made possible by a grant from The William T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and by Steve Johnson Racing.

Included in RWC's field trip group will be middle school students from Glendora, California's Sandburg Middle School, and young people from Boys Republic.
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San Pedro Nostalgia Drag Racer, Donald Galaz, is set participate with a group of students in the 2016 National Hot Rod Association Youth and Education Services Career Day program presented by the U.S. Army at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Auto Club Finals in Pomona, California, Thursday, November 10, 2016.

As guests for the day of the Steve Johnson Racing Team, the students will also be treated to Racers Who Care Quick Tips on Winning in Life life skills presentations made by pro-racers, based on their personal career experiences, and will enjoy racer-guided Pit Tours to see the Quick Tips being enacted in real life by race teams as they prepare to compete in the NHRA season finale.

This race day program is made possible by a grant from The William T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and by Steve Johnson Racing.

Included in RWC's field trip group will be middle school students from Glendora, California's Sandburg Middle School, and young people from Boys Republic.
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Drag Bike competitor, Steve Johnson, is set host a group of students participating in the 2016 National Hot Rod Association Youth and Education Services Career Day program presented by the U.S. Army at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Auto Club Finals in Pomona, California, Thursday, November 10, 2016.

As guests for the day of the Steve Johnson Racing Team, the students will also be treated to Racers Who Care Quick Tips on Winning in Life life skills presentations made by pro-racers, based on their personal career experiences, and will enjoy racer-guided Pit Tours to see the Quick Tips being enacted in real life by race teams as they prepare to compete in the NHRA season finale.

Included in RWC's field trip group will be middle school students from Glendora, California's Sandburg Middle School, and young people from Boys Republic.

This race day program is made possible by a grant from The William T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and by Steve Johnson Racing.
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Sandy, Utah, land speed record setter, Scott Horner, is set participate with a group of students in the 2016 National Hot Rod Association Youth and Education Services Career Day program presented by the U.S. Army at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Auto Club Finals in Pomona, California, Thursday, November 10, 2016.

As guests for the day of the Steve Johnson Racing Team, the students will also be treated to Racers Who Care Quick Tips on Winning in Life life skills presentations made by pro-racers, based on their personal career experiences, and will enjoy racer-guided Pit Tours to see the Quick Tips being enacted in real life by race teams as they prepare to compete in the NHRA season finale.

This race day program is made possible by a grant from The William T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and by Steve Johnson Racing.

Included in RWC's field trip group will be middle school students from Glendora, California's Sandburg Middle School, and young people from Boys Republic.
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#latepost #tbt la semana pasada en el @toyotagplb fui invitado junto a un grupo de pilot@s de diferentes disciplinas tales como -Indy,motores,drague,imsa y rally- a expresar nuestras experiencias en la vida a un grupo especial de niños, sinceramente una experiencia única el ver la cara de tantos jóvenes a escuchar muchas de nuestras historias y escuchar sus preguntas... quede con ganas de seguir haciendo esto por lo que les prometemos que #jcrteam trabajará más de cerca con estas organizaciones. Gracias #raceswhocaer por la invitación, cuenten con nosotros. _________________ #latepost #tbt last week in the @toyotagplb a group of driver including myself from different disciplines such as -Indy, motors, drag, rally and imsa- were invite to express our experiences in life to a special group of children , truly a unique experience to see the face of so many children when they heard many of our stories and listen to their questions ... I definitely got in love with this program, we promise that #jcrteam will work more closely with these organizations. Thanks to Racers Who Care, Inc. for the invitation, you can count on us.

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Thank you Scott Horner for inviting me to talk to the Racers Who Care, Inc. I had a great time signing autographs, arms and talking pictures with them NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series...!! #DreamBig

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Porsche's four Juniors, Dennis Olsen (Norway), Mathieu Jaminet (France), Matteo Cairoli (Italy) and Sven Muller (Germany), joined by German racer, Christian Englehart, who placed 2nd on the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany - Class A, visited patients at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace, in Monaco on behalf of Racers Who Care, on May 27, 2016. The Porsche racers were in Monaco with Porsche for the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco. Working with RWC to arrange this visit were Oliver Schwab, Project Manager, Motorsport, for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Series, and Elisa LaRoche, Chargée de Communication for the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace. [Photos courtesy of the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace.]
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Tomorrow, May 27, 2016, at 1:30 p.m., on behalf or Racers Who Care, Porsche's four Juniors, Dennis Olsen (Norway), Mathieu Jaminet (France), Matteo Cairoli (Italy) and Sven Muller (Germany), will be visiting patients at the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace, in Monaco. The Porsche Junior racers are in Monaco with Porsche for the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco. Working with RWC to arrange this visit were Oliver Schwab, Project Manager, Motorsport, for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Series, and Elisa LaRoche, Chargée de Communication for the Centre Hospitalier Princesse Grace. ... See MoreSee Less

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Racers Who Care, Inc.We didn't know he was going to, but German racer, Christian Englehart, who placed 2nd on the 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany - Class A, also joined the Porsche Juniors on the Princess Grace Hospital visit during Monaco Grand Prix weekend last Friday. Photos coming soon.

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February 2016 winner of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and 2015 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Champion, Kenton Koch, of Covina, California, along with 2014 Pacific Northwest Challenge STU Champion, Dani Ferrara, are inspiring kids on Field Trips to the 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Besides competing on the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda race series, Kenton has served as Data Analysis Judge in the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Cup Shootout and was a Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Series season Champion and Winner of the FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy Americas Selection Event.
SCCA 2014 Pacific Northwest Challenge STU Champion, Dani Ferrara, is currently racing in the Spec Miata and STU category along the U. S. West Coast. She became involved in racing in 2007 as Crew Chief for her dad, Tom Ferrara. Serving in this important role gave her insight into the sport and grew her interest in becoming a driver. During this time she studied racing; always listening and watching to pick up on anything she could learn knowing that it would benefit her in the future.
In 2011, Dani earned her SCCA Novice Permit and began racing the team’s Spec Miata, successfully completing her novice requirements and finishing 3rd in points in the Oregon Region SCCA STL Championship.
Dani has studied marketing at Portland State University, and outside the driver's seat, Dani can often be found painting or creating new ideas for her marketing campaign. RWC's Field Trip Program is supported this year by The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. Attached are photos taken by Janna Hitchcock of Dani and Kenton participating in RWC's 2015 Field Trip Program at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
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Racers Who Care, Inc.I should add that Kenton was recent winner, along with co-drivers, of the PC Class at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

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Jim DavisHope all goes well! Very bummed I couldn't make it this year but the race schedule wouldn't let it be. :)

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Porsche Owners Club Boxster Spec Racer competitor and 2011 BSX time trial series Champion, Drake Kemper, is set to share his personal life skills tips with children on Racers Who Care Field Trips to the 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend.
Drake's training includes intensive stunt driver experience and he is a certified Stunt/Precision Driver with the Motion Picture Stunt Driving Academy. As a sports car racer, he has scored multiple track records. Besides taking first place in the 2011 Porsche Owners Club's BSX Class, he won the time trial series championship for the 2011 season. He has also raced in the Porsche Owners Club's 2012 BSR Class and The Battery Tender Mazda MX-5Cup presented by BFGoodrich Series with SickSideways Racing. He is one of two official Mazda Motorsports SportsCar Academy drivers.
He represented BMW in Forum Wars, sponsored by Royal Purple and Speed Channel, in Houston Texas. There, he drove his own BMW M3, competing against a C63 AMG representing Mercedes, in a series of competitions to determine which car would win in a head-to-head matchup.
Kemper is also an actor and stand-up comedian. He has guest starred in the role of Wesley on The Wedding Band, a TBS television pilot. He has co-created a television pilot entitled Fast Lanes. He has also acted and/or done stunt driving for Everybody Hates Chris, Hannah Montana, Entourage, Eastwick, Bullrun: Cops, Cars and Superstars VII, Law & Order: LA, 90210 and iCarly. Attached are photos (taken by Delain Kemper) of Drake making a Quick Tips on Winning in Life Presentation in Southern California. RWC's Field Trip Program is supported this year by The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach.
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As additional inspiration for children on RWC field trips this weekend this weekend at the 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, three-time Dominican Champion, Jhonnattan Castro, will join in to encourage them to reach for their dreams and believe in themselves. Castro began his automotive Práticas Professionals Drift in 2004, competing on the Club Dominicano Brokers Drift Series. After honing a few skills, he scored the Dominican Series Drift Championship three times in a row, then came to the United States in 2012 to compete on the Formula Drift Series. Recently, he partnered with Papadakis Racing, taking an ownership role of a satellite team and driving a 2016 Scion FR-S along with teammate and current Series Champion, Fredric Aasbo. Papadakis racing itself enjoys an unmatched record of three Formula Drift Championship titles. This year, Castro will be sponsored by Nexen Tire, Gerdau Metaldom, KW and Advan Racing. RWC's Field Trip Program is supported this year by The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. ... See MoreSee Less

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Helping keep RWC's Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program for Kids at the 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach organized, to make Quick Tips on Winning in Life Presentations and lead student groups on Paddock Tours throughout the weekend once again, will be RWC's Board Chair (3 RWC Board members will be involved this year!) and Utah-based land speed record competitor on, and builder of, unfaired motorcycles, Scott Horner; and, drag racer, Donald Galaz, also a spokersperson for The National Brotherhood of Street Racers, a group dedicated to getting teen racers off the streets and onto the safety of organized tracks. RWC's Field Trip Program is supported this year by The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. Attached are photos of Scott and Donald working at our Field Trip Program last year. ... See MoreSee Less

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Also returning for the fourth time to participate in inspiring kids at Racers Who Care's Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program for Kids at the 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, are Dr. Geoffrey Billows and the IndyCar Medical and Safety Team. Our Field Trips this year are supported by The Norris Foundation and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach.

Dr. Geoffrey Billows is an Emergency Medicine Doctor in Indianapolis, Indiana, who is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Indiana University Health North Hospital and Select Specialty Hospital of Indianapolis. He received his medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and has been in practice for some 23 years. He is also Medical Director for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and a member of the IndyCar Medical and Safety Team.

Other members of the Team who will be speaking to the students will be Michael Carey, Bill Condermann and Gail Truess, formerly a Rally Racer and IndyCar Pace Car Driver. Gail has worked with RWC since 1994.
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efending PC Class Champion Tudor United Sports Car Champion, Colin Braun returns to participate in inspiring kids at Racers Who Care's Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program for Kids at the 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Our Field Trips this year are supported by The Norris Foundation and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach.

At only 27 years old, professional race car driver, Colin Braun, already has a remarkable 23 years of racing experience under his belt! A native of Ovalo, Texas, Colin grew up in a racing family, and from the beginning, there was little doubt about the direction of Colin’s career path. From his days winning in Quarter Midgets all the way to winning in NASCAR and Sports Cars, Colin has consistently demonstrated his speed, experience, and maturity.

What makes Colin’s racing experience unique is that he has driven essentially everything with four wheels and an engine. From openwheel cars and sports cars to the NASCAR Truck and Nationwide Series, Colin has excelled.

What makes Colin’s racing experience meaningful to teams and corporate sponsors is that he is a proven winner. Colin has captured multiple championships, race wins, and “Rookie of the Year” awards as he ascended to the top levels of the sport. He has raced in several countries including: The United States, Canada, Mexico, Italy, France, England, Monaco, and Japan and in marquee global events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona.

Along the way, Colin has earned respect and recognition from the top teams and manufacturers in motorsports — not only for his prowess on the track, but also for his unrelenting commitment to success and quality of personal character. Powerhouse NASCAR teams such as Roush-Fenway Racing and manufacturers such as Ford have hand-picked Colin to compete in their cars and represent their brands in the marketplace.

During his brief career, Colin has been on the podium (or, one of the in the top three finalists) at the 24 Hours of Daytona, 24 Hours of LeMans, 12 Hours of Sebring and the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen. He was the youngest driver to stand on the podium (as one of the top three finalists) at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Additionally, he has competed at the top levels of Sports Car racing in both GT and Prototype cars with 10 consecutive 24 Hours of Daytona events in both types of vehicles. He has achieved multiple American Le Mans Series PC wins, poles (top three finisher), and fastest race laps, multiple Grand-Am Daytona Prototype wins, poles, and fastest race laps, and multiple NASCAR Nationwide Series pole positions. He has scored Multiple NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole positions (or, the top scoring race entry), the Series “Rookie of the Year” title and was a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner. In 2014, Colin helped his team take the PC Class Champion Tudor United Sports Car Championship (driver & team), was the 2014 PC Class Tequila Patron North American Endurance Champion, and was the 2014 PC Class year-end Total Pole Award winner.

He is a Ford/Roush-Fenway Racing development driver and participated in an exhibition event, at Ford’s request, resulting in the fastest lap ever recorded at Daytona International Speedway (222.971 mph); the fastest FIA world record 10-kilometer lap (203.010 mph from a standing start); and the fastest FIA world record 10-mile lap (210.017 mph from a standing start).

Pictured here is Colin (left) speaking to our kids in 2012 as Memo Gidley and motorsports journalist Lewis Franck look on. (Photo by Chris Ellis)
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Nathan Swartzbaugh will be one of the Quick Tips on Winning in Life life skills presenters to kids on field trips to the 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. A Racers Who Care spokesracer and 2007 Rolex Grand Am GT3 Champion, Nathan was a founder, partner and leading instructor for Orange County Race-Craft, a highly successful Southern California racing school on whose track Top Gear U.S. has been filmed. He has retired from racing, focusing on his new career as a representative for family-owned company, North South Machinery, and will share with kids how life skills he learned during his racing career helped him achieve success in his new career.

Swartzbaugh began his racing career at the age of 14, by winning the NASA Pro-Truck Tour. In 2006, just 21 years old, he won the Grand Am GT3 presented by Michelin Series Championship for Porsche.

In 2010, Swartzbaugh became a member of Racers Who Care, Inc.'s Board of Directors, and founded RWC's highly successful annual field trip/racer presentation program for elementary school students at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Additionally, Nathan is the star of two 30-second television Public Service Announcements featuring RWC's Quick Tips on Winning in Life, produced by Santa Monica CityTV.

Attached are photos of Nathan inspiring kids to believe in themselves and to reach for their dreams in RWC's 2011 Field Trip Program for kids at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and a photo of Nathan filming one of his 30-second TV Public Service Announcements for RWC. The RWC Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program for kids is supported by donations from the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation. (Photos by Chris Ellis and Judy Strawn)
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Justin Derek Bell, a British racecar driver, who after a successful career behind the wheel, transitioned into the media world in front of the camera, establishing himself as one of the top US based automotive content hosts, joins RWC once again to inspire kids during our quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program at the 2016 Toyota Grand prix of Long Beach, April 15 -17, 2016.

Like many successful car racers, Justin Bell nurtured and developed his passion for speed and competitive racing at an early age. With natural talent and the encouragement of his father Derek Bell, a five-time Le Mans 24 hours winner, soon began carving his own place in history. Since beginning his career in 1988, Justin has achieved significant racing accomplishments, including the 1997 FIA GT2 World Championship, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998, second-place finishes in Le Mans and Daytona, and a pair of SCCA Trans-Am wins. Justin and his father raced together in the 1992 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In 1993, Justin was co-host of the motor sports television program, 555 Performance World, which ran on Asia's largest satellite network Star TV and was seen by over 80 million viewers. This led to him hosting a six part series, The International Young Driver of the Year, on BBC television.

Since 2005 Justin has worked frequently with Speed Channel as a host of various live and format based TV shows, such as the Barrett Jackson Auctions, American Le Mans Series, Grand American Racing, Test Drive and Shut up and Drive.

Justin co-founded Bell & Ammo with Nicolai Iuul in 2013 to create high production value, entertaining, original automotive lifestyle content. Their primary show is The Worlds Fastest Car Show sponsored by eBay Mobile, which airs on the Motor Trend YouTube Channel. In 2009 Bell debuted as the driving instructor for celebrities on The Jay Leno Show where he also interviewed celebrities for the website.

Attached is a photo of Justin inspiring kids to believe in themselves and reach for their dreams in RWC's 2012 field trip program for kids at the Grand Prix. Also pictured are JD Davis and John Klusendorf. The RWC Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program for Kids is supported by donations from the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation. (Photo by Chris Ellis)
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Winning his first championship at the tender age of ten, rising motorsports star Spencer Pigot was well on his way to a dream career in motorsports. After a 2003 start in the kart racing, Spencer quickly became a presence on the national karting scene. With four state, one regional and two national championships racked up in his early racing days, along with numerous pole positions, podium finishes and race wins, Spencer's talent and race craft was obvious from the beginning.

After several stellar years in various types of racing, Spencer moved up to the Indy Lights Championship Series with Juncos Racing in 2015, winning the 2015 Series Championship and scoring the 2015 Indy Lights Rookie of the Year title. He earned a fourth scholarship from Mazda valued at One Million Dollars to compete in at least three races in the Verizon Indy Car Series in 2016 including the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. His current goal is to win the Indy 500!

This year at the 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Spencer joins Racers Who Care once again to answer questions about his career from elementary school students on a Quick Tips on Winning in Life field trip. Attached is a photo of Spencer (second from right) fielding questions in 2015 from young students along with JD Davis, teammate Kyle Kaiser, Rene Villeneuve, Kenton Koch and Dani Ferrara. The RWC Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program for Kids is supported by donations from the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation. (Photo by Janna Hitchcock)
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This week Racers Who Care has been dealing with one or more breakins and thefts at its office. So far, we've noticed two Nikon cameras, our computer monitor, an electric handsaw, drill and battery-operated screwdriver missing. Seems like every time we look around we notice something else gone! Bummer! These were all donated to RWC. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our very gracious host at the NHRA Auto Club Finals for Racers Who Care's Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program for students from Boys Republic and SOARS Charter Academy, was Steve Johnson, who took time out of his very busy race day schedule to interact with the students in his transporter, a few at a time. Steve Johnson was instrumental in the start up of Racers Who Care, Inc. in 1992 and 1993 and has worked with children and teens through RWC throughout its history. He competes on an NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Johnson currently hails from Irondale, Alabama, near Birmingham. In 1993, Johnson was one of the first to make a Quick Tips on Winning in Life Presentation, and is RWC’s most experienced presenter.
Johnson owns and competes for the Steve Johnson Racing Team in the NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle Class. He has competed on other series and types of motorcycle racing, as well, from time to time winning championships.
In 1987 and 1989, he was Drag Bike USA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion, and in 1989, he won the American Motorcyclist Association’s Rebel Nationals. In 2007, Johnson finished among the top 10 in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Class. In 2008, he posted back to back wins in Indianapolis and Charlotte, earning him a brief second in point standings. He has secured the U.S. Nationals Championship twice, and finished fifth in the Pro Stock Motorcycle Class in 2014.
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Racers Who Care's Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program was made possible by the support of the U.S. Army, the NHRA Y.E.S. Program, and by a grant from the W.T. and E.L. Norris Foundation.
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Very mysteriously, our photos of drag racing superstar, Cruz Pedregon, participating in Racers Who Care's group of students on our Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip to the NHRA Auto Club Finals as guests of Steve Johnson Racing were deleted from RWC's FaceBook Page and FaceBook Group. The field trip was made possible by the support of the National Hot Rod Association, the U.S. Army and the Norris Foundation and included participation in the Y.E.S. Career Day program, and we were very honored by Cruz's participation. Here once again, are photos of Cruz. Once again, one of the participating schools asked us not to post photos of its students online, so only Cruz is shown speaking to them in most of these photos.
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Additionally speaking to Racers Who Care's group of students on a Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip to the NHRA Auto Club Finals as guests of Steve Johnson Racing was Valerie Thompson. The field trip wwas made possible by the support of the National Hot Rod Association, the U.S. Army and the Norris Foundation and included participation in the Y.E.S. Career Day program. One of the schools requested that RWC not post photos of its students online. Unfortunately, those students were seated close to Valerie as she spoke, so we can only show photos of her.

Valerie Thompson is a motorcycle drag and land speed racer and seven-time motorcycle land-speed record holder who is a charter member of the Mojave Magnum "200 MPH Club." Her fastest speed to date is 217.7 m.p.h., set on a BMW S 1000 RR motorcycle Powered by Quicksilver Products and CTEK. She is often referred to as “America’s Queen of Speed.” Her racing career started in 2006 with drag racing motorcycles on quarter-mile tracks throughout the U.S. in both the All Harley Drag Racing Association and the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle series.

Driven to go faster, she created her own land speed-racing team in 2012, and was selected to drive the North American Eagle Project jet car in which she will be attempting to break the land speed record for a woman (currently set at 512 m.p.h.).

The North American Eagle Project is a jet-powered automobile intended to challenge the 763 m.p.h. (Mach 1.02) land speed record set by the ThrustSSC in 1997. It is a cooperation of Canadian and American engineers, pilots and mechanics. Their goal is to reach or exceed 1,300 km/h (808 mph), or Mach 1.058.

The vehicle is based on the fuselage of a Lockheed F-104A-10 Starfighter jet fighter aircraft built for the United States Air Force and assigned to the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base from August 29, 1957 until 1970 when it was retired.

Valerie's first year as a team owner/driver met with tremendous success. She scored three national speed records and gained membership in the Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club. In 2013, she became an official member of the Bonneville BUB Speed Trials 201 MPH Club and the Texas Mile 200 MPH Club.

In 2014, Valerie set her sixth land speed record with a record-smashing run of 208.71 m.p.h. and became one of few female members in the ECTA 200 MPH Club. Then, Valerie collected her seventh speed record at the World of Speed event to earn the famed Red Hat of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club. Valerie is now one of only 24 females in the Club, which has approximately 757 total members. She also set her personal best top speed at the popular 2014 Texas Mile.

Valerie’s two-wheeled racing success has drawn the attention of a variety of car owners seeking new land speed records with a proven female driver. She has been contracted to race a former Nationwide NASCAR at select land speed racing events and a NHRA diesel dragster in 2014/2015. Her next major career goal is to become a SCTA 300 MPH Club member, a prestigious Club with only 2 females out of an 85 total membership.
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Racers Who Care has been invited to host its Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program for Kids at the 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. This will be our sixth year, and we are VERY honored to be a part of the Grand Prix scene again! And, again The William T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation is supporting us, along with the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. ... See MoreSee Less

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Additionally, during RWC's Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip for Kids at the National Hot Rod Association's Auto Club Finals, made possible by the NHRA, the U.S. Army and the Norris Foundation, NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle competitor, Karen Stoffer shared with the kids the importance of education and hard work while reaching for dreams. (Unfortunately, my camera was not with me while Karen was speaking, so we have no photos of her sharing with the students.) After attending the NHRA's Youth in Education Services Career Day presented by the U. S. Army, presentation our group heard from Karen and several other racers Quick Tips on Winning in Life like Learn the Art of Teamwork. We were guests for the day of Steve Johnson Racing.
Karen Stoffer, who rides the GEICO Powersports Suzuki for Junco Motorsports as part of GEICO's Motorcycle Racing Team, is among the first women to be licensed in the National Hot Rod Association's Pro-Stock Motorcycle Racing class (Believed by some to be Drag Racing's highest and most elite racing class.). She has been involved in Motorcycle Drag Racing since 1990, when she was selected as Rookie of the Year at Los Angeles County Raceway, followed by successes as Class Champion in 1991, 1992, 1994, and 1997, with an overall NHRA Division 7 Championship in 1993.

Additionally, Stoffer has held the All Harley Drag Racing Association's National Record and has competition experience in the American Motorcyclist Association's Pro-Star class, and has secured multiple wins on the National Motorcycle Racing Association's speedy Pro-Modified class. In 2014, Karen finished in the Top 10 for a fifth consecutive year and earned her first career No. 1 qualifier at her home track at Sonoma, California. Her Career Best Speed is 194.30 m.p.h.
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I apologize for not posting more NHRA Field Trip photos over New Year's weekend, as I'd promised. I have been dealing for quite a while with computer and printer issues. Finally purchased a new printer, and plan to finalize getting it installed this weekend. Meanwhile, here are photos of NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster competitor, Jason Wieck, speaking to our field trip participants at the NHRA's Auto Club Finals. We were guests of Steve Johnson Racing for the day and the Field Trip for about 45 students was made possible by the National Hot Rod Association, the U.S. Army and The Norris Foundation. Many photos of racers speaking to our groups of students do not include the students, because one of the schools asked that we not post photos of their students online, so they are cropped out. In Jason's case here, there were several of these students seated right around him. Jason shared with the students that racing was his dream as a child and that he has been working very hard for several years to advance his racing career step by step. He told the kids that to reach their own dreams and goals they need to plan to work hard for them!
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Happy Holidays, Everyone! I apologize for the lengthy break in sending you updates about our recent Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip for Kids at the National Hot Rod Association's Auto Club Finals. Twice a year, I have to take a month or so away from RWC work to research, write and edit the Clan Strachan Scottish Historical Society's Newsletter - which, by the way, is great fun to do! In another year or so, I will be retiring from work as a full time legal assistant and relocating to Tennessee, where I will be able to work just about full time on Racers Who Care for the first time since RWC's 1993 inception! You will be VERY informed about RWC then, and we will be doing a lot more! I will be posting quite a bit of additional NHRA field trip material for your review over the holiday weekend. -- Judy Strawn ... See MoreSee Less

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John participated in the Racers Who Care program with a group of kids from the Brea Boys & Girls Club, the Boys Republic, and local schools. John spent time explaining the race car mechanics and safety equipment.

Getting ready to head out the door to the drag races in Pomona. We will have 45 kids and 10 adults to show around on RWC's field trip today. Speaking to the kids will be Cruz Pedregon, Scott Horner, Jason Wieck, John Lombardo, Steve Johson and Jack Beckman. Super Day! We will be guests of Steve Johnson Racing and will spend part of the day in the Team's pit area watching them work on Steve's drag bike. This is made possible by the support of The Norris Foundation, the U.S. Army and the National Hot Rod Association. ... See MoreSee Less

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Top Alcohol Dragster Competitor, Jason Wieck, is joining us tomorrow to inspire our kids on a field trip to the NHRA Mello Yello Series Finals tomorrow. The students' participation in the NHRA Yough and Education Services career day program presented by the U. S. Army is made possible by the U.S. Army the NHRA and by a grant from the W. T and E. L. Norris Foundation.
Jason is a classic example of Racers Who Care's core message to kids - "Believe in Yourself and Reach for Your Dreams!" An avid drag racing follower for over 30 years, Jason Wieck's dream was owning a race team and driving a dragster, dating back to when at five years of age his dad took him to his first drag race. When he saw the first pair of cars go down the track, he knew that’s what he wanted to do with his life. Now, he is doing just that!
Wieck is an NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster competitor based in Upland, California.
Jason earned his NHRA Championship Drag Racing Competition Drag Racing License at Frank Hawley's Las Vegas NHRA Drag Racing School in October 2009. Prior to that, he worked for eight years as a crew member for Rocketman Racing.
Venturing out during the 2011 race season, he drove for Jim "Bear" Chapman on the Arizona Drag Racing Association Series. At one point, he made it to the finals and won runner up in a field of 31 cars, earning a mention in the National Dragster Magazine. In other races, he made it into the semifinals and the quarterfinals.
Also, in 2011, Wieck, scored sponsorships from Allstate Transmission & Auto Repair, Southwest Diesel & Electrical, and from 1st Impressions Truck Lettering, all located in the Phoenix area. Additionally, in 2012 he partnered with title sponsor Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, a nationwide company famous for steakburgers and frozen custards. In addition to Racers Who Care, Inc. Jason Wieck Racing works in conjunction with Doug Herbert’s B.R.A.K.E.S., a 501(c) (3) nonprofit charity.
With a lot of hard work, Wieck earned his A/Fuel license this year, and presently he is fielding a Top Alcohol Dragster on the NHRA's Mellow Yello Series for Jason Wieck Racing.
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Brownsville, Indiana Fuel Funny Car Champion, Cruz Pedregon, is set inspire middle school students to believe in themselves and reach for their dreams. The students will be participating in the 2015 U.S. Army/National Hot Rod Association Y.E.S. career day program at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Auto Club Finals in Pomona, California, Friday, November 13, 2015.

While the students are guests for the day of the Steve Johnson Racing Team after the Career Day Program, Pedregon will share with them his favorite Racers Who Care Quick Tips on Winning in Life, based on his personal career experiences.

This race day program is made possible by a grant from The William T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation and by the support of the U. S. Army, the NHRA and Steve Johnson Racing.

Included in RWC's field trip group will be middle school students from SOARS Charter Academy, young people from Boys Republic, both of which are located near Pomona.

Cruz Pedregon is a 2-time National Hot Rod Association Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Fuel Funny Car Champion who was born in Torrance, California, and is currently based in Brownsburg, Indiana. Cruz is the brother of Tony Pedregon, also a two-time Funny Car Champion. Cruz currently races the Snap-On Tools WIX Filters Toyota Camry Fuel (or, Nitro) Funny Car for his own team, Cruz Pedregon Racing, Inc.

Along with his two Championships, Pedregon has 39 career wins tying for an all-time 23rd on draglist.com. His career top speed is 319.60 m.p.h. Thus far in the 2015 race season, he holds the 9th position in Fuel Funny Car Points Standings.
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Also joining in the program for RWC's Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program to the National Hot Rod Association's Auto Club Finals races on November 13, 2015, will be Fuel Funny Car Champion Fast Jack Beckman, who drives the Infinite Hero Foundation 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing. Beckman will be sharing his favorite Quick Tip on Winning in Life with kids from SOARES Chiarter School, Boys Republic and Brea Boys & Girls Club who will be at the Finals to participate in the Army/NHRA Y.E.S. Program - a career day type program, and will spend the remainder of the race day as guests of Steve Johnson Racing. The Field Trip Program is made possible by the support of the Norris Foundation, the U. S. Army, the National Hot Road Association and Steve Johnson Racing. Attached are photos of Fast Jack Beckman engaged in previous RWC Quick Tips on Winning in Life racer life skills presentations to kids and an archival photo of him racing.
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Also joining in the program for RWC's Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program to the National Hot Rod Association's Auto Club Finals races on November 13, 2015, will be Fuel Funny Car Champion Fast Jack Beckman, who drives the Infinite Hero Foundation 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car for Don Schumacher Racing. Beckman will be sharing his favorite Quick Tip on Winning in Life with kids from SOARES Chiarter School, Boys Republic and Brea Boys & Girls Club who will be at the Finals to participate in the Army/NHRA Y.E.S. Program - a career day type program, and will spend the remainder of the race day as guests of Steve Johnson Racing. The Field Trip Program is made possible by the support of the Norris Foundation, the U. S. Army, the National Hot Road Association and Steve Johnson Racing. Attached are photos of Fast Jack Beckman engaged in previous RWC Quick Tips on Winning in Life racer life skills presentations to kids and an archival photo of him racing.
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Racers Who Care is very happy to announce that we have been invited to conduct a Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip for 40 middle school students by the National Hot Rod Association to their Auto Club Finals on November 13, 2015 at the Auto Club Speedway located on the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona, California. Our 40 students will be from the L.A. All Stars After School Program and have an interest in careers in motorsports or in the automotive industry. They actually build cars in their after school program and receive first-hand experience in mechanics, engineering and design. First, they will join many other area students in the U.S. Army/NHRA Y.E.S. Program, which is like a career day program wherein Army representatives, NHRA representatives and racers will talk with the students about careers in their respective areas. Then, our group will split off from the other students and will spend the remainder of the day as guests of Steve Johnson Racing, with his team's hospitality area as their home base. From there, they will take tours of the NHRA pits to watch other teams working on their racing machines and they will watch a lot of teams as they undergo the qualifying ritual for season finale racing. Drag racers will take a little time out of their race day schedules to stop by Steve's pit area to chat with our group and Steve Johnson will make a Quick Tips on Winning in Life life skills presentation to them. He has worked with Racers Who Care since its inception in 1993 and participated in our very first Quick Tips on Winning in Life program, The day's activities for our group of 40 students are being made possible by the support of the U.S. Army, the National Hot Rod Association, Steve Johnson Racing and by a grant from the William T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation. Attached is a photo of Steve Johnson participating in a previous RWC event. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hollywood Robb Holland, BTCC competitor for Rotek Racing, to share his favorite tips for winning in life with the 40th Fife Touch Group (Scouts), in Dumfermline, Fife, Scotland at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening, August 20, 2015. Hollywood will be in the area to compete in this weekend's British touring Car Championship Series race at the nearby Knockhill course. Attached is a photo from Hollywood's presentation to the Scout Group last year. (Photo by Jakob Ebrey) ... See MoreSee Less

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On Sunday of the 2015 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race week, Racers Who Care hosted 110 elementary school students on Quick Tips on Winning in Life field trips at the Grand Prix. They heard presentations from racers and participated in racer-led paddock tours to watch teams working on their racing machines. Kids came from Garfield Elementary School, Suva Intermediate School, and Bell Gardens Intermediate School, as well as from Long Beach's McBride Park, King Park, and Pan American Park. Donations from the Long Beach Grand Prix Association and from The Norris Foundation, made this program possible. Racers who inspired the kids to believe in themselves, included: Fabryce Kutyba, co-founder of GMG Racing; Dani Farrera, who races a Mazda Spec Miata on the Oregon Region SCCA STL Championship Series; Indy Lights competitors for Juncos Racing, Spencer Pigot and Kyle Kaiser; Pirelli World Challenge competitor and Skip Barber Racing School Instructor, Rene Villeneuve; along with RWC's "in-house" racers who worked with us throughout the weekend and led the paddock tours, Scott Horner, RWC Board Chair and land speed record setter on unfaired motorcycles; JD Davis, who has raced in several different types of motorsports and now provides support services to teams at races; and Donald Galaz, a drag racer and spokesperson for the National Brotherhood of Street Racers. (Photos by Janna Hitchcock and Judy Strawn)
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On Saturday of the 2015 Toyota Grand Prix race week, Racers Who Care hosted 317 elementary school students on our Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program from the following schools: Star King Elementary, Willard Elementary, Synergy Kinetic Academy, College Ready Middle Academy #2, College Ready Middle Academy #4, Rise Middle School, Burlington Middle School, New Heights Charter School, and Harte Preparatory School; from the following Long Beach Parks: Houghton, Scherer and Orizama; and from the Long Beach Boys & Girls Club. The Long Beach Grand Prix Association and the Norris Foundation made this program possible through donations. Racers Marcus Wiley and Mike Skeen were guest speakers during the day, along with our "in-house" group of racers Scott Horner, Donald Galaz and JD Davis who were there with us all weekend.
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Here are some miscellaneous photos from Racers Who Care's Field Trip Program for elementary school students at the 2015 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, taken by Janna Hitchcock. Our Field Trip Program was made possible by donations from the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and by the Norris Foundation.
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Racers Who Care hosted three additional Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trips for over 300 elementary school students on Friday of race week at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. These field trips were made possible by donations from the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and the Norris Foundation. One of the donations made to RWC by the Grand Prix was the wonderful conference room that was our home base for the weekend. School groups included in these three field trips included: Lee Elementary School, and students from Long Beach's Stearn Park (organized by the City of Long Beach Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Marine); and, arranged through the Long Beach YMCA, students came from Stevenson Elementary School, Roosevelt Elementary School, Chavez Elementary School and International School. Los Angeles students participated from View Park Elementary School and Lou Dantzler Elementary School, organized by the LA-Allstars after school program. Racers speaking to the students included: road racer, Rene Villeneuve; Pirelli World Challenge competitor, James Sofronas; drag racer and spokesperson for the National Brotherhood of Street Racers, Donald Galaz; multi-time land speed record setter on unfaired motorcycles, Scott Horner, who is also Racers Who Care's Board Chair; and JD Davis, who has competed in various types of racing and now provides support services for teams at races. Altogether on Friday, RWC hosted 460 elementary school students on Friday. Even though there many students wearing red shirts in most photos, they aren't the same group of students. Instead, they are several different groups participating through the Long Beach YMCA. These photos were taken by Janna Hitchcock and Judy Strawn.
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After their Quick Tips on Winning in Life life skills presentation made by Dr. Geoff Billows and the IndyCar Medical & Safety Team at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach [made possible by donations from the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and the Norris Foundation], our first group of 147 students from Long Beach's Burbank Elementary School, Grant Elementary School, Edison Elementary School and Roosevelt Elementary School, were treated to a racer-guided tour of the SCCA's Pirelli World Challenge Series paddock area. Here are a few photos from that tour. Eight additional presentations and paddock tours for other groups of students followed throughout the race weekend, so in future groups of photos, I'll just give you highlights. All these photos were taken by Judy Strawn.
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In the absence of others' photos Racers Who Care's 2015 Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach [made possible by donations from the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and the Norris Foundation], I will begin sharing my own photos! Here is the first group of 147 kids who came in [from Burbank Elementary School, Grant Elementary School, Edison Elementary School and Roosevelt Elementary School, in Long Beach. Partnering with RWC to arrange for their participation and transportation were Joy Warren and Andrew Gekas, of the City of Long Beach Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Marine, and Alvaro Rodriguez, of the Long Beach YMCA]. Making a Quick Tips on Winning in Life Presentation to the students are: Dr. Goeff Billows, Medical Director of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with Gail Truess, Michael Carey and Bill Condermann, of the IndyCar Medical and Safety Team.
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