With just a few weeks to go before the green flag waves for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, Team Seattle principal and driver, Don Kitch Jr., as well as teammates James Gue, Joe Foster and Patrick Dempsey, spent a few days this week testing their GS Mazda RX8's at the Daytona International Speedway. According to Kitch, “The car is great to drive and we managed to get in some fairly consistent laps on this first practice day. The only really big surprise is how loud and hot the car is at speed. It’s loud, but fast and fun." [read more]

Following their efforts at the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, Don Kitch Jr. and Patrick Dempsey are eager to get back on track together, with Kitch adding, “It is amazing how excited the Daytona organizers are to have Team Seattle and Seattle Children’s Hospital return to this race with all of it’s supporters, both here at the race and on the car as part of the Faces & Names program.”

Team Seattle's car, which will be driven by Kitch, Gue and two other drivers yet announced, was prepared by JG Racing. The other car, which Dempsey, Foster and Charles Espenlaub will drive, was provided by Dempsey Racing.

Team Seattle uses corporate and private sponsorship to underwrite the cost of the race cars so that one hundred percent of the donations go to help the children in the Team Seattle Cardiac Infant Care Unit at Seattle Children's Hospital.

For more information on Team Seattle and how you can become a supporter, visit the Team Seattle website and the Team Seattle Facebook page.

Photo: James Jordan
Editorial: Justin W. Coffey

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