Team of Champions come from behind to finish strong in a Mazda MX-5 Roadster
Alton, VA (November 4, 2006) – This weekend the Seniors for Survivors race team proved that age, experience and a well-prepared car can overcome an early set back in the most heated of contests. While competing in the SCCA North Carolina Region’s Kumho Tires Charge of the Headlight Brigade 13-hour endurance race at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday, November 4, this team of decorated champions finished fifth in class and 17th overall while raising more than $30,000 for the American Cancer Society.After an early fuel problem caused the team to lose 30 minutes on the track and in the pits, this group of all-star drivers – the youngest of which is 65 years old – came back strong, fighting a field of 81 cars and freezing temperatures. Five-time Le Mans 24-hour winner and two-time World Sports Car champion Derek Bell and his teammates, former champions Buzz Marcus, Tony Adamowicz and Gene Felton, charged through the pack in a BSI Racing owned and prepared Mazda MX-5.
The race saw much drama as the day turned to night and the cold set in again. The mighty little Mazda MX-5 roadster fought on without a problem against stiff opposition which included cars made by BMW, Porsche, Pontiac, Honda and Acura. “Both the fans and the team were amazed at how this car could keep up with and pass so many faster cars,” said Buzz Marcus, team founder and cancer survivor.
Paul Mears, Jr. of Mears Motorcoach of Orlando, Fla. was the major sponsor of the Seniors for Survivors Racing Team. Other sponsors included Marcus, Hoosier Tires, Lavagraphics.com and Checkered Flag Motors.
The fundraising total topped $30,000 for Breast Cancer and Lymphoma Research when the Seniors for Survivors raised $5066 at the track through lap pledges and the Mazda North America Operations donated $2500.
ABOUT THE DRIVERS
Derek Bell, 65, is a five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, a two-time World Sports Car Champion, Ferrari Formula 1 driver, well-known TV sports personality and world spokesperson for Bentley Automobiles.
Gene Felton, 70, is a decorated IMSA and SCCA driver with 45 IMSA wins, four IMSA Championships and five SCCA Pro wins. Felton has also won the Daytona 24-hour, Sebring 12-hour and Manufacture Championships for Buick and Chevrolet.
Tony Adamowicz, 65, has competed in all forms of Sports Car racing including driving for Ferrari at Le Mans, competing in the Can-Am and Trans-Am series and driving in the Indy 500. He is a 1968 Trans Am champion and 1969 Formula 5000 Champion.
Buzz Marcus, 66, has won more than 50 races in his 45-year career. A three-time SCCA Champion, other notable wins include the first IMSA 6-hour Enduro at Mid Ohio and the Vineland 4-hour in a Lola T-70. Marcus has also competed at the Daytona 24-hour and the Sebring 12-hour and is currently an instructor for Justin Bell Blue Planets Events.