Newcastle racecar driver competes at LeMans

August 1, 2008

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Team Seattle, led by Don Kitch Jr., of Newcastle, participated in the Le Mans Classic race July 11-13. In doing so, the team accomplished a number of objectives in preparation for competing in the 2009 Le Mans 24-Hour Race.

Kitch and fellow drivers Chris Pallis, Ross Bentley, Chris Bingham and Woody Perkins drove two separate vintage cars, a 1972 Chevron B-21 sports racing car and a 1969 Corvette.

The team’s focus going in to the event was to learn the eight-and-half-mile track and meet with key officials, organizers and race teams.

“The trip could not have gone better,” said Kitch, Team Seattle founder. “Driving LeMans is extremely challenging, and now that we’ve spent time on the track, we’re absolutely ready for next year’s 24-hour race. We belong here.”

Team Seattle plans to race the Le Mans 24-Hour Race in June 2009, raising money for Seattle’s Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center.

In the past 12 years, Team Seattle has raised about $3.2 million by racing in the Daytona 24-Hour Race, the most famous endurance race in North America. By competing at Le Mans, the world’s most prestigious endurance race, the team will continue to bring awareness and financial support to Children’s Hospital, Kitch said.

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