Finale for 2017 Austin Hatcher Foundation-Goodguys Partnership This Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway

24th Southeastern Nationals Showcasing AutoCross for Kids at Famed Motorsports Facility


CHATTANOOGA, TENN. (Oct. 17, 2017) – The last of seven 2017 weekend fundraising partnerships between the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer and the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association takes place FridaySunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) amid the Goodguys 24th Southeastern Nationals.


CMS, located in Concord, North Carolina’s is one of the nation’s most famous racing facilities, annually hosting two NASCAR premier series events including the historic Coca-Cola 600 held during Memorial Day Weekend. Goodguys brings a lineup of custom hot rods, cars, trucks, automotive displays, vendor exhibits and live entertainment to the CMS property and its 1.5-mile oval.


There’s also the Goodguys AutoCross that has participants putting their Street Rod, Truck or Street Machine through the paces to test their driving skills and see how their vehicle handles in a performance situation. Complementing the Goodguys AutoCross is the AutoCross for Kids with event attendees able to ride with a professional driver on the AutoCross course for a suggested donation to the Austin Hatcher Foundation.


The AutoCross for Kids is slated for Friday 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday 8 am to 1 pm.


This is the third year the Austin Hatcher Foundation has partnered with Pleasanton, California-based Goodguys, the world’s largest hot rodding association founded in 1983. Goodguys now has more than 70,000 active members worldwide. The partnership has been a natural extension of the Austin Hatcher Foundation’s history of involvement with both motorsports and automotive organizations; the foundation is an official “Proud Charity” of the International Motor Sports Association along with being part of the “SEMA Cares” Family of Charities.


“Three years overall, including seven fantastic events this year – it all adds up to one of the best partnerships we have had since starting the Austin Hatcher Foundation,” said the organization’s president, Amy Jo Osborn. “A really significant aspect of the partnership is the benefit in addition to the donations resulting from the AutoCross for Kids, in terms of exposure. Goodguys holds their events in major cities at premier facilities such as Charlotte Motor Speedway. The crowds are always huge, enthusiastic and engaged. The events offer great settings for us to let people know about the work we’re doing to erase the effects of pediatric cancer on young patients and their families.”


Contributions resulting from the AutoCross for Kids initiative benefit the foundation’s various services that are provided at no cost to young cancer patients and their families at the foundation headquarters in Chattanooga and at children’s hospitals throughout the United States. A number of recently added services are now being provided at the foundation’s new automotive-themed Education Advancement Center (EAC).


The EAC focuses on diagnosing and treating educational and functional deficits associated with pediatric cancer and its life-saving treatments. The center’s programs include industrial arts and driving simulation along with school tutorial programs, neuro-cognitive testing and remediation and other specialty programs designed to optimize recovery from cancer by both patients and their families. They are also building a “Hot Rodders of Tomorrow” programwhere teams will disassemble and reassemble small-block V8 engines.


Throughout 2017, the Austin Hatcher Foundation is commemorating its recently-completed 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 has benefited from its “Five for Ten” major gift campaign. The “Five for Ten” campaign has focused on “Building a Foundation For The Future” which has included the acquisition and furnishing of the EAC, and helping to continue and expand programs to benefit those dealing with pediatric cancer and the effects it leaves behind.