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Spectacular Crash at The Roar
Fifty Plus Racing Committed to rebuild for Daytona 24 hour race when just weeks away!
The Roar Before the Rolex 24 gives racers the opportunity to test their cars on the track of the 3.56-mile road course in preparation for the season-opening events. This year the event was held January 9-11.
During a trial run, driver Byron DeFoor blew a tire that led to a spectacular spin-rotation-inverted slide down the front straight at Daytona.
"The Fifty Plus Racing team expresses tremendous appreciation for the Emergency Staff at Daytona International Speedway," said Jim Pace, Fifty Plus Racing team leader. "We can't say enough about the professional level of immediate follow up with IMSA staff ." This ended the teams ROAR tests early. Nevertheless the Fifty Plus Racing team committed to return for the 53rd running of the IMSA TUDOR Sports Car Championship Rolex 24 at Daytona January 22-25, 2015.
Driver Byron DeFoor was checked and released by the medical facility and immediately started making plans with Kevin Doran of Doran Racing to repair the BMW V8 powered Riley Prototype for the upcoming race.
“We have so many good people counting on us and their support for Enduring for an Alzheimer’s Cure," DeFoor said. "Let’s make it happen!”
Make it happen they did. Dorsey Schroeder, David Hinton and Jim Pace returned to Daytona with Byron DeFoor and competed in the Rolex 24 to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.
Currently, over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and millions more are faced with the financial and emotional challenges of caring for an ailing loved one. As the number of those diagnosed continues to increase, it is imperative that we spread awareness, support caregivers, and find cures for this debilitating illness.
The Fifty Plus Racing team has already donated $100,000 to the Foundation for Neurological Research. Dr. Justin Boyd was awarded the check at the Endures For A Cure Benefit at the Embassy Suites Waterside in Chattanooga, TN on November 21, 2014. Dr. Boyd, a native of Chattanooga, is an Associate Research Associate at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a research fellow at Harvard Medical School of Harvard University.
The race for a cure continues. The Fifty Plus Racing Foundation has made it easier than ever to contribute in the race against Alzheimer's Disease.