Members of IMSA Community Go Extra Mile to Assist with Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts in the Bahamas
Thursday, September 12, 2019

One week after Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas, IMSA and some of its teams, drivers and partners are working together to send aid to those impacted.

The storm’s path was initially projected over southern and central Florida but shifted and eventually stalled at its maximum strength over the islands before turning up the Atlantic coast.

Following the massive devastation in the Bahamas, here are some examples of the above-and-beyond actions taken by members of the IMSA community to help those in need.

FAST MD Racing

  • The team’s namesake medical practice – Florida Advanced Spine and Sports Trauma Centers – has sent doctors and supplies to the region and will continue to do so. FAST MD asks any doctors, nurses or PAs who would like to volunteer their time in the Bahamas to contact them.
  • FAST MD Racing is new to the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge paddock this year, having earned its maiden win two weeks ago at VIRginia International Raceway with co-drivers Nick Galante and James Vance in the No. 23 Audi RS3 TCR.  

American Medical Response

  • American Medical Response (AMR) responded rapidly by sending over four fully equipped ambulances to the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. Local officials received the keys to the ambulances on Monday.
  • AMR became the Official Emergency Medical Services partner of the WeatherTech Championship, Michelin Pilot Challenge and Prototype Challenge in January before the start of the season.

KMW Motorsports with TMR Engineering

  • The No. 5 Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge will be replacing its regular red, yellow and white stripes with the aquamarine and yellow colors of the Bahamian flag for the remainder of the season. The team is also working closely with the charity Convoy of Hope to raise money and has an anonymous donor that will match dollar-for-dollar the amount sent in on their behalf.
  • A majority of Louis Milone’s team including co-drivers of the car, Roy Block and Tim Lewis, Jr., are based in the Boca Raton, Florida area. They recognize they would not have been able to contest this weekend’s race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca if Hurricane Dorian had hit their area.

Former Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by USA driver David Ducote

  • David Ducote created the nonprofit Abaco Outreach Fund via gofundme.com on behalf of St. Bernard Project Inc. A regular to the Bahamian islands, Ducote is connecting various partners either familiar with the Bahamas or disaster recovery efforts to deliver items to the area. As of Tuesday, five days after its creation, the fund has over $72,000 worth of donations.   

Daytona International Speedway

  • The iconic track once again was a staging site for FPL Connect utility vehicles in the days leading up to Hurricane Dorian’s impact on Florida.   
  • DIS also actively supported and promoted barbecue restaurant 4 Rivers’ Sunday opening in Daytona Beach, during which donations were made for World Central Kitchen, which is providing meals to the hurricane victims in the Bahamas.
  • The new location in ONE DAYTONA was one of the 4 Rivers’ several restaurants that opened for the fundraiser, breaking with the company’s tradition of being closed on Sundays. 

Signage at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend

  • At this weekend’s Monterey SportsCar Championship Powered By McLaren weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, signage around the track will contain American Red Cross donation details. Fans can text DORIAN to 90999 to donate $10 directly to the Red Cross and specific donation amounts can be made at redcross.org.

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