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Randy Hale to Carry Hole in the Wall Camp Message at Rolex GT Series Challenge

The SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by Hankook will make its Lime Rock Park debut on Memorial Day weekend and one driver will be using his Miata to help an important cause.

Randy Hale’s MX-5 car will be adorned with the logos from the Hole in the Wall Camps. Hale, who has been associated with fund raising efforts for the camps for the past three years, hopes to raise awareness for the non-profit organization that was started by actor Paul Newman.

Hole in the Wall Camps are the world's largest family of camps for children with serious illnesses and life threatening conditions. Children with cancer, sickle cell anemia, HIV/AIDS, and many other conditions come to camp to experience the simple joys of childhood, while continuing to receive state-of-the-art medical treatment and care.

Nearly 100,000 seriously ill children from throughout the United States and 31 countries have attended Hole in the Wall Camps free of charge. One of the camps – The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp – is located in Ashford, Conn.

“The Hole In The Wall Camps are honored to be participating with Hale Motorsports in this event at Lime Rock Park,” said James Canton, the Camps' Executive Director. “Our founder, Paul Newman, has had a long association with motorsports as both a team owner and competitor. Motorsports fans are noted for their enthusiasm and generosity, and we hope that the campers and their families will benefit directly from that support.”

At the Rolex GT Series Challenge, Hole In The Wall campers, their families and camp staff will be invited to join the Hale Motorsports race team during the weekend for a behind the scene look at and what goes on during a race weekend.

In addition, on race day, children of race fans will be invited to get a close-up look at the Hale Motorsports Hole In The Wall Camp Mazda MX-5 and show their support of the Hole In The Wall Camps.

“Our goal is to raise awareness of and funds for the camp,” Hale said. “We want all the kids to have a chance to feel like they are a part of the race team.”

Hale, who lives in Haddam, Conn. and is very familiar with Lime Rock, figures to be competitive in a field of identical 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miatas.

The cars are essentially stock and are equal from the engines, to the tires to the allowed modifications, giving every driver a chance to let his or her talent determine the outcome.

With bolt-on modifications allowed to the intake and exhaust systems, the MX-5 you’ll see on track produces in excess of 200 horsepower – nearly 30 more horses than the stock MX-5! Also, each MX-5 Cup ride has a six-speed manual transmission and also has the option of a limited-slip rear differential.

The cars are newer, the playing field is level and the MX-5 drivers are ready to put on one heck of a show at Lime Rock Park.

The Mazda MX-5 Cup race – scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Memorial Day – will conclude the racing action at the Rolex GT Series Challenge, May 26-29.

The Challenge will include eight races from five series including separate 200-mile races for the Grand-Am Cup Series Grand Sport and Street Tuner classes and doubleheader events for Formula BMW USA and the American GT Challenge. The Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve GT class will run its 250-mile feature on Monday, beginning at 2 p.m.

Tickets for the Rolex GT Series Challenge are available now at www.limerock.com, at more than 40 ticket outlets in the tri-state area or by calling 1-800-RACE-LRP.

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