At next weekend’s Champ Car race at Road America, Katherine Legge is becoming a Road Warrior in Pink in support of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Legge’s car, and driving kit will be decked out in pink instead of the usual red, white and black and her personal safety stuff will be signed and auctioned off later in the season.
Ford will also supply a Warriors in Pink Ford GT500 pace car and a pink Ford Fusion.
Press release after the break.
Ford Racing Warriors in Pink Weekend at Road America September 22-24
DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Who says pink can’t be fast?
Ford Racing brings the Warriors in Pink breast cancer awareness campaign to the Road America road circuit September 22-24, as part of the Champ Car World Series race weekend.
To show her support of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Katherine Legge trades in her standard red, white and black machine for a “Warriors in Pink — Powered by Ford” paint scheme and decals. Legge will sport a custom fire suit, gloves, shoes and helmet that will be signed and auctioned later this year to benefit the Komen Foundation.
“We are pleased to have Katherine Legge as a Warrior in Pink,” said Ford Racing Technology Director Dan Davis. “Ford has been a long-time supporter of the Komen Foundation and with this special race car and awareness campaign at Road America, we contribute to educating our fans about breast cancer.”
In addition to Legge’s race car and gear, a Ford Shelby GT500, specially wrapped in pink, burgundy and white with Warriors in Pink decals, will be the official Road America Grand Prix Pace Car. The Ford Shelby GT500 and a Warriors in Pink Ford Fusion will be displayed alongside other exclusive, high-end production Ford performance cars in the Champ Car Pace Car compound. The fleet features thunderous Ford Mustang GT California Specials, Ford Factory Five kit cars and other bold marquee sports cars carefully modified for aggressive race-track duties.
“It is an honor for me to contribute to such a great cause and I am happy to support Ford in any way I can,” said Legge. “My team and I feel privileged to do anything we can to raise awareness for breast cancer research and to further the effort of finding a cure. We just hope we can make a difference.”
The Warriors in Pink initiative is an extensive collection of apparel and accessories for men, women and children which includes t-shirts, men’s thermal wear, gear and temporary tattoos for kids. The items feature bold symbols that represent the Warrior spirit of taking charge, living out loud, harnessing power and standing together. One hundred percent of net proceeds from Warriors in Pink merchandise will benefit the Komen Foundation. All items can be purchased at http://www.fordcares.com/ .
About Katherine Legge
Katherine Legge, driver of the No. 20 Gulfstream Ford- Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone, is the first female to run full-time in the Champ Car World Series and became the first woman to win a major open-wheel race in North America with her 2005 victory in Long Beach. Legge has earned four top- 10 finishes in her first 11 races. She placed a career high sixth at Milwaukee, eighth in her Champ Car debut at Long Beach, eighth in Cleveland and ninth in Denver. Legge has qualified in the top-10 once, eighth in Milwaukee. The resident of Indianapolis is third in laps completed and ninth in laps led. Legge is 14th in the standings with 117 points, 17 points out of 10th, and is third in the Roshrans Rookie of the Year race, trailing leader Will Power by 50 points.
About Komen Race for the Cure Series and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Since 1995, Ford has been a National Sponsor of the Komen Race for the Cure Series. The Komen Race Series began in Dallas in 1983 as a local race drawing 800 participants and has since grown into a series of more than 100 Races with more than 1 million participants expected this year.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a global leader in the fight against breast cancer, was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 active volunteers working through local Affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure(R) to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Through fiscal year 2006, together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has invested more than $630 million in breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.
For more information about the Komen Foundation, breast health or breast cancer, visit http://www.komen.org/ or call the Foundation’s National Toll Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I’M AWARE(R) (1.800.462.9273)
Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures and distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With about 300,000 employees and more than 100 plants worldwide, the company’s core and affiliated automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive- related services include Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s breast cancer awareness initiatives, visit http://www.fordcares.com/ .
Source: Ford Racing