Austin Hatcher Foundation Adds 3rd Fundraising Auction for Saturday at Watkins Glen, Partnering with Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

  • Ganassi Auction Joins Previously Scheduled Auctions Hosted by Cadillac, Wayne Taylor Racing

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. (June 30, 2017) – The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer has added a

third fundraising auction for Saturday at the famed Watkins Glen International circuit in upstate New York, as part of the

Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen weekend.

The foundation, an official International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) “Proud Charity,” will partner with Ford Chip

Ganassi Racing for an auction at 3:30 on Saturday at the Ganassi Racing team transporter in the paddock area.

“We are honored to have an opportunity to help support the Austin Hatcher Foundation and auction off

Ford GT parts and other racing memorabilia” said Mike O’Gara, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team

principle.

Team owner Chip Ganassi currently fields two Ford GTs in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Joey

Hand and Dirk Mueller co-drive the No. 66 Ford while Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook co-drive the No. 67 entry.

Those teams are second and fifth, respectively, in the WeatherTech Championship’s GT Le Mans class team

standings.

The Ganassi organization and the foundation have some history. In January, Hand received the Austin Hatcher

Foundation Humanitarian Award for his assistance throughout 2016 during at-track visits by young cancer patients and

foundation visits to children’s hospitals in IMSA race markets.

“Joey and the entire Ford Chip Ganassi Racing organization are always there for us,” said Austin Hatcher Foundation

President Amy Jo Osborn,” and when you have a high-profile, highly successful group like that involved, you

automatically receive a spike in awareness for your cause.”

Also Saturday, the foundation will partner with Cadillac, Wayne Taylor Racing and acclaimed motorsports artist Bill

Patterson for two other fundraising auctions. Patterson, the official artist for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey,

California, is noted for his “live art” style of motorsports painting called “motionsports.”

Patterson will produce a painting at the Wayne Taylor Racing team transporter from 10:30-11:15 a.m. with the work

auctioned off at noon; Patterson also will paint at the Cadillac Corral from 12-:1:30 p.m. with that work auctioned at 1:30.

Wayne Taylor Racing, which fields Cadillacs with drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, lead the Prototype class standings,

having won five consecutive races to start the season.

“With Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, Wayne Taylor Racing and Cadillac all partnering with us, this is a dream weekend for

the Austin Hatcher Foundation – and for the fans who will have a chance to bid on some unique items,” Osborn said.

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen will take the green flag at 10:10 a.m. (ET) on Sunday. The race is the sixth of the

season for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Throughout 2017, the Austin Hatcher Foundation is commemorating its first decade of operation. The foundation

began in 2006 and prior to its IMSA Proud Charity status, it was the Official Charity of the American Le Mans Series. As

part of the commemoration, the foundation is amid its “Five for Ten” fundraising campaign that has resulted in a number

of a 10-year commitments by donors. The organization’s “building a foundation for the future” platform is all about

continuing and expanding programs that benefit those dealing with pediatric cancer and its lasting effects.