BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 29, 2008) - Some people race to promote a product, others simply to achieve all they can. Research Racing is using the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup to increase awareness about pancreatic cancer and the Patty Boshell Pancreatic Cancer Foundation (www.pancreaticcure.org). This on-going event called “Drive to Survive” will visit every Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup venue and city this year.
The main goal is to raise money that is then donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org), a nationwide organization dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. Research Racing has joined forces with Hooverspeed, of Cameron Park, Calif., to prepare the car and hired driver Todd Buras to bring on track excitement and attention to the effort.
The team is also giving something back to its fans and supporters: a free entry into a two-day Skip Barber Driving School. All you have to do is guess the number of points Buras will score in the 2008 MX-5 Cup. For full rules and to enter, go to the Research Racing/Patty Boshell Foundation website at either www.research-racing.com or www.pancreaticcure.org. They ask that you pass the website address along to friends and fans to help spread the word. Donations are appreciated, but not required.
Why are they doing this? Pancreatic Cancer kills. It killed the wife of Research Racing team principal Allan Boshell two years ago and it keeps on killing. "You don't realize it now, Boshell stated, but until there was a grassroots effort by the friends and relatives of Susan G. Komen, breast cancer was much more deadly than it is today. Through our efforts and the grassroots appeal of auto racing and the generosity of its fans, we too can make a difference and provide hope for those who are affected.”
This year 37,000 people will be diagnosed and over 34,000 will die. It is the fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths overall and the third-leading cause of cancer death in men ages 40-59, yet receives the least amount of funding for research of all the leading cancer killers. There is no cure.
About the Patty Boshell Pancreatic Cancer Foundation
Founded in 2006 the Patty Boshell Pancreatic Cancer Foundation was established to aid in the advancement of research, education, and awareness of pancreatic cancer. The Foundation"s focus is to increase the funding to organizations dedicated to pancreas cancer research with special emphasis on scientific discovery for early detection and prevention. For more information visit www.pancreaticcure.org.
About the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Founded in 1999, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the only national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization raises money for direct private funding of research—and advocates for more aggressive federal research funding of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network fills the void of information and options by giving patients and caregivers reliable, personalized information they need to make informed decisions. And, by helping individuals and communities across the country work together to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for pancreatic cancer.
About Research Racing
Founded in 2007 to compete in various motorsports and road racing series events, Research Racing is dedicated to the effort of increasing awareness and funding for pancreas cancer research within the racing community and the community at large through partner sponsors. The team works closely with Hooverspeed, of Cameron Park, California to build, prepare, and field the cars. For more information, please visit www.research-racing.com.