Through the Esses - Sportscar Racing is a Game of Big Hearts
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© Andrew S. Hartwell

As a fan of the sport of road racing, you can have an opinion as to which series is best, or which cars are most attractive to you, or which personalities most appeal to you as people that you can admire. The game is replete with choices in all three areas. It is good to be a fan, no?

Regardless of your individual preferences, there are a large number of people directly and indirectly involved with sportscar racing who frequently demonstrate that they have a genuine concern for getting more out of life than just a fast lap or a podium placing. Not that they don't have both those goals in mind, of course, but they know more is going on outside the race track that has a greater impact on a human life than does a suspension tweak on the successful set up of a car.

At the Rolex 24 hours this year, several teams were looking to claim a win both for themselves, and for others. Not to intentionally leave anyone out, but two teams that come readily to mind are Team Seattle / Essex Racing and AASCO Motorsports. The former collected pledges per lap driven - as they have done for eight years running at the Rolex - with the money going to the Children's Hospital in Seattle, Washington. The latter raised money through pledges per hour raced and through individual donations. The funds collected will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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