Tuesday, August 5, 2008
American Le Mans at Shriners Hospital - Chicago
The American Le Mans Series once again teams up with one of America’s leading children’s hospitals on Wednesday, August 6 when three of its leading drivers along with their exotic prototype race cars make an appearance at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago (2211 N. Oak Park Avenue).
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a one-of-a-kind international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment at no charge - regardless of financial need.
The visit is in conjunction with the Austin Hatcher Foundation, the Series’ official charity. Drivers Ben Devlin and Gerardo Bonilla of Mazda’s B-K Motorsports (Saukville, WI) and Luis Diaz of Lowe’s Fernandez Racing (Indianapolis, IN) will visit with patients and staff from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Devlin and Bonilla share the cockpit of the No. 8 Mazda-powered Lola in LMP2; Diaz is co-driver of the No. 15 Acura-powered prototype with former IRL/Champ Car standout Adrian Fernandez that also competes in LMP2.
The American Le Mans Series races this weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., in the Generac 500 presented by Time Warner Cable. Friday’s qualifying begins at 3:00 p.m. CT. Saturday’s race start is 4:00 p.m.