Effort To Support Make-A-Wish® Canada
EDMONTON, June 14 /CNW/ - Canadian Paul Tracy's KV Racing Technology car
for the Honda Indy Edmonton will be sponsored by Honda Canada, and will
support Make-A-Wish® Canada at the Honda Indy Edmonton race on July 25.
Tracy, the 2003 Champ Car World Series champion, is one of the most
successful and exciting drivers in the history of open-wheel racing. The
native of Scarborough, Ontario, will pilot the #15 Honda
Canada/Make-A-Wish Canada/KV Racing Technology/Honda/Dallara/Firestone
"Honda is a company built on the dreams of its founder and all of its
Associates, which is why Honda's corporate slogan is The Power of
Dreams," said Steve Hui, assistant general manager of the Honda Prairie
Zone. "It's the power of dreams that has led us to innovations and new
technologies over the years. We're very pleased to be associated with
Make-A-Wish Canada which is helping to turn the wishes and dreams of
Canadian children with life-threatening medical conditions into a
"We believe Make-A-Wish Canada and Honda Canada are a perfect fit
because of our shared belief in and pursuit of the power of dreams."
Commenting on the support, Jennifer Ritter, CEO of Make-A-Wish
Foundation® of Canada, said, "Because of this generous support, we will
be able to promote awareness of our vital mission and to continue to
fulfill the dreams of our courageous 'wish children' across Canada.
"Make-A-Wish exists for one reason only - to grant wishes to children
living with life-threatening medical conditions. We impact our wish
families' lives at a time when they need to know that their community
cares about what they are going through, as their child battles for his
or her life.
"To a child living with a life-threatening medical condition, a wish is
more than a desire - it is an experience that can create a life-changing
impact, not only for the wish child and their family, but for other
families, friends, volunteers, donors and entire communities. We believe
that Make-A-Wish, through our mission, volunteers and supporters, is
helping to nurture a kind and caring Canada."
According to KV Racing Technology co-owner Jimmy Vasser, "We are
extremely pleased that Paul Tracy will pilot a KV Racing Technology
entry with sponsorship from Honda Canada in support of Make-A-Wish
Canada. Having Paul drive in front of his countrymen with an
organization like Make-A-Wish Canada on the sidepods of a KVRT car is an
honor and a privilege. I personally want to thank Honda Canada for
making this possible."
Tracy, a Canadian fan favorite, will be contesting his sixth race in
Edmonton. In five previous starts at Edmonton, he has finished in the
top-10 a total of five times with four top-five showings, and one podium
"I want to thank Honda Canada, Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser for the
opportunity to race in front of Canadian fans," Tracy said. "I am
especially thankful because it is a tremendous honor to represent
Make-A-Wish Canada. I am proud to be able to support and raise awareness
for this organization that assists Canada's children in need of wishes
The Edmonton race will be Tracy's ninth IndyCar start. Now in his 20th
season, Tracy has crafted a career that has established him as one of
the top drivers ever to step into the cockpit of an open-wheel car. The
resident of Las Vegas is among the top-10 in almost every Champ Car
career statistical category including wins, 31 (tied for seventh
all-time), poles, 25 (ninth all-time), and laps led, 4,238 (sixth
Tracy has 75 career podium performances, 102 top-five finishes and 144
top-10 showings in 270 starts (262 in Champ Car and eight in IndyCar,
tied for seventh all-time). In the 15 seasons in which Tracy has
competed in over 80 percent of the races, he has finished in the top-10
in the championship standings 10 times including eight times in the
top-five, four in the top-three and captured the championship in 2003.
About Honda Canada Inc.:
Honda Canada (www.Honda.ca)
has sold more than 3,300,000 Honda and Acura passenger cars and
light-duty trucks in Canada over the past 38 years. A record high 91 per
cent of the Honda and Acura vehicles sold in Canada last year were
produced at the company's assembly plants in North America. In addition,
52 per cent of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in Canada last year
were built at the two Honda of Canada Mfg. plants in Alliston, Ontario,
which has built more than 5,300,000 Honda and Acura cars and trucks
About Make-A-Wish Canada:
The mission of Make-A-Wish® Canada (www.makeawish.ca)
is a dynamic wish-granting organization that brings hope, strength and
joy to children across Canada living with life-threatening medical
conditions. Along with the national office, seven independent regional
chapters grant magical wishes to children from coast to coast.
Make-A-Wish Canada is an affiliate of Make-A-Wish® International, the
largest wish-granting organization in the world, making dreams and
wishes come true for more than 240,000 children since 1980.
About KV Racing Technology:
KV Racing Technology (www.kvracingtechnology.com)
was established in 2003. The Indianapolis-based team is contesting its
eighth open-wheel season and third in the IndyCar Series in 2010. KVRT
is owned by successful venture capitalist Kevin Kalkhoven and 1996
Series Champion, Jimmy Vasser. Veteran motorsports manager Mark Johnson
is the team's General Manager. KVRT will have four drivers entered in
the Honda Indy Edmonton with Tracy as well as Takuma Sato in the No. 5
Lotus - KVRT Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine, E.J. Viso in the No. 8
PDVSA - KVRT Honda/Dallara/Firestone car, and Mario Moraes in the No.
32. KVRT Honda/Dallara/Firestone entry.
SOURCE Honda Canada Inc.
For further information: For further information:
Honda Canada - Richard Jacobs (416) 543-6593
Make-A-Wish Canada - Krista Bussey (416) 224-9474 [x223]
KV Racing Technology - Tom Blattler (317)-525-5692