Aug 22, 2007

Its Democrats and Republicans going "bumper-to-bumper" to benefit Community Inclusive Recreation

This Saturday Night at 7:30 p.m. August 25th, The Bob Frahm Community Racing Challenge returns to Springport Motor Speedway, presenting the 2007 Congressional Challenge.

State Sen. Mark Schauer, D-Kalamazoo, Rep. Mike Simpson, D-Jackson, Rep. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, and Rep. Mike Noffs, R-Battle Creek, will don the drivers gear and take to the high banks of Springport Motor Speedway in a 10 lap sprint to prove who is the fastest legislator.

Benefiting from this week's event is Community Inclusive Recreation (CIR), based in Battle Creek, serving all of Calhoun, Barry and Jackson counties. The Mission of CIR is to provide and promote inclusive social, recreational, educational and art activities for people of all abilities through programming, leadership and support of community inclusion. CIR is a United Way Program Delivery Partner

"They are a wonderful organization with a vision and commitment to community inclusion,” Schauer said. “The CIR is changing mindsets, attitudes and accessibility barriers, and I am proud to support their efforts."

CIR is fortunate to have a wealth of partnering individuals and agencies throughout Battle Creek, and beyond. As a result of the relationships that have been cultivated throughout the 12 years that CIR has been in the community, participants have had opportunities to experience wonderful activities. And this weekend is no exception, as the world of automobile racing will be opened up to the great folks at Community Inclusive Recreation.

"With my 33 years in law enforcement, serving over 30 years with the Eaton County Sheriff Department; I've chased bad guys from every corner of this county and back: now they'll be chasing me, “ Jones said.

This fun event will be very racy as these four strong-minded and strong-willed drivers jump behind the wheels of Bob Frahm's Community Racing Challenge pure stocks for a 10 lap featured heat. Joining the Lansing lawmakers will be two representatives of CIR, making it a full field of challengers.

The Community Racing Challenge charge is to provide meaningful support to local non-profit organizations in the form of fund raising and team building events which will not only foster new interest in local short track racing, but enhance the relationship between drivers, owners, local businesses and the citizens of the community.

The kick-off for the Community Racing Challenge will take place Thursday, at Brown Stadium in Battle Creek where CIR will be hosting their 13th Annual Celebrity Softball Bash. This event pits the members of the Detroit Red Wings Alumni and Detroit Tigers Alumni in a softball game versus Battle Creek community leaders. Former Detroit Tiger pitcher Dave Rozema and former Detroit Red Wing Shawn Burr are among the many big names taking part in this big event.

The Community Racing Challenge will be on-site, along with one of the Challenge Race Cars handing out free vouchers for the race on Saturday night and giving everyone an opportunity to sit in the racer and try on some race gear. Schauer and representatives Noffs’ office are expected to be on-hand to meet and greet all the dedicated people involved in this popular community event.

For more information on this event, please visit, the online home of the Community Racing Challenge. There you'll find videos and photos of past events, directions to the racetrack, ticket information, event schedule, free on-line vouchers and more. Or contact Patrick McNamara via email at or phone 734.536.0319

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