Sonoma Raceway will host the 4th annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer Saturday, Jan. 17 to support the battle against gastric cancer, one of the world’s leading causes of cancer-related deaths.
The event is named in honor of John Cardinale, the raceway’s longtime Vice President of Media and Community Relations, who passed away in 2013 after a two-year battle with the disease, becoming one of nearly 11,000 people who die from stomach cancer in the U.S. each year.
John’s March offers a unique chance to raise funds for No Stomach For Cancer (www.nostomachforcancer.org) and enjoy a symbolic “march” around the raceway’s 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course. John’s March has raised more than $40,000 over the past three years and is the only major fundraiser for gastric cancer on the West Coast.
At this year’s event, the raceway will introduce a Memory Wall to honor those affected by stomach cancer. Participants are encouraged to bring pictures of loved ones affected by the disease to post on the wall.
The public can participate in the event for a suggested minimum donation of $40, which includes the walk/run around the 2.52-mile road course, a T-shirt and light refreshments following the march. New for 2015, 5K and 10K race distances will be marked with timers, for those who prefer a longer race distance. A shorter, less hilly course will also be available for those who do not wish to complete the 2.52 miles.
Advance registration is available at www.nostomachforcancer.org/johnsmarch to sign-up in advance.
For more information about John’s March, please contact Diana Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-933-3918.
The winning Lone's Rangers team was awarded a unique trophy created by DSR fabricator Tom Patsis (ColdHartArt.com). The winning foursome, below, are Paul Dodson, Marsha Lone, Eric Stephens and Shaun Huddleson.
It was a pressure-free night of bowling for NHRA drivers, from left, Andrew Hines, Jack Beckman, Eddie Krawiec, Antron Brown and Tommy Johnson Jr.
The Indianapolis racing community opened their hearts and bowling bags on Wednesday night to raise $10,246 for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health at an annual event staged by Don Schumacher Racing with support from several of the area's top professional drivers in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Combined with $50,572 raised on Aug. 29 during the ninth annual DSR Open House, this year's total contribution through DSR to Riley reaches $60,818 and more than $300,000 over the past 10 years.
"This Is How We Roll" included 200 participants along with NHRA drivers Jack Beckman, Antron Brown, Tommy Johnson Jr., and Spencer Massey of DSR, who were joined by Shawn Langdon of Al-Anabi Racing, Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec of Vance & Hines Screamin' Eagle Harley-Davidson team, and Leah Pritchett of Dote Family Racing along with emcee Bob Wildt of NAPA.
Major supporters of the event for Riley included Brownsburg NAPA & Machining, Carlyle Tools by NAPA, Sandvik Coromant, Jeg's, Hangsterfer's Laboratories Inc., Titanium Metal Supply, Performance Forged Inc., ARS Rescue Rooter, NitroSew, Specialty Insurance Group, Mahle Clevite and Freelance Graphics.
To learn more about Riley Kidsor to make a donation, visit www.RileyKids.org.
Denny Darnell, who served as NHRA Director of Communications from 1991-98, died Nov. 22 of a suspected heart attack. He was 70.
After graduation from East Tennessee State University, Darnell began his career as a sportswriter at the Kingsport (Tenn.) Times-News, and later became the general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, where he worked from 1982-87.
After leaving the NHRA, Darnell went to work for Sports Marketing Enterprises at RJ Reynolds for five years, where he supported the company's motorsports sponsorships, including NHRA Winston Drag Racing and NASCAR's premier series.
He founded Darnell Communications, where he managed public relations for Dodge Motorsports from 2008 through 2013. Darnell retired at the beginning of 2014.
Scott Weney, a longtime NHRA competitor in the nitro and alcohol Funny car ranks and the president of the family business, S&W Race Cars, which has built race cars and supplied parts to the drag racing community since it was founded by his father, Walt, in 1959, died Nov. 19. He was 55.
In addition to his pass Funny Car activity, Weney recently completed in the Super Comp and Super Gas ranks.
Weney is survived by his wife, Candi; sons Rory & Dillon; brothers Michael and Gary; sister Terri; and parents Walter and Vonda.
“The entire Weney family wants to express their gratitude to everyone who has prayed and offered support during these difficult days,” the company said in an email to friends in the racing community. “They also wanted to clearly state that Scott spent his last moments at a place that he considered ‘home,’ which is the dragstrip. His accomplishments are many and too numerous to list, but his most impressive include winning the 2000 IHRA Funny Car world championship, becoming the president of S&W Race Cars, and his latest achievement of becoming a race series promoter, forming S&S Race Promotions with Scotty Richardson and launching the ‘Fun in the Sun’ Race Series. Please keep Scott and his family in your prayers.”