Sports car stars host St. Pete charity event

March 8, 2018

Sports car stars host St. Pete charity event

March 8, 2018

Ahead of next week’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebastien Bourdais and Patrick Long completed their first race in Florida: one with a charity component.

Bourdais and Long are co-hosts of the Kart 4 Kids Pro-Am, which raises money for the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. It’s a pediatric academic health care system entrusted with the health of children in at least 17 Florida counties. The event also features an auction of unique racing memorabilia.

The seventh running of the charity go-kart race moved to the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg race circuit rather than the nearby Andersen RacePark in Palmetto, Fla. Andersen staff work with event volunteers to put on the event.

A mix of IndyCar and sports car stars were present for the event. Long, James French, Kyle Masson, Trent Hindman and Lawson Aschenbach flew the flag for the sports car contingent.

Bourdais, Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Spencer Pigot are among the IndyCar drivers racing at Sebring. Bourdais and Dixon are teammates in the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing squad.

What started out raising $6,400 in the first year in 2012 has grown to a staggering $110,000 in 2018. Overall, the event has raised just south of $400,000.

Bourdais and Long are both past Sebring race winners either in class and overall. They’ll look to add to their records next weekend in the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

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