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Godstone Ranch Motorsports Debuts “HEART Car” Ferrari GT at Formula Expo 2012
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- June 4, 2012
Godstone Ranch Motorsports (GMS), a Texas-based 501(c)(3) organization that races the GRAND-AM circuit to raise awareness and funds for select charitable organizations, will bring its new Ferrari 458 GT Grand Am – dubbed the “HEART Car” – to Formula Expo™ June 16 and 17 at the Austin Convention Center. As a Gold Sponsor of the debut event presented in partnership with Circuit of The Americas™ (COTA), Godstone will exhibit the new HEART Car, sharing the stage with its charitable focus, American Heart Association of Austin, and a Formula 1™ Ferrari provided by Risi Competizione/Ferrari of Houston. Racing all-star Davy Jones, GMS’s celebrity driver, will be on hand signing autographs and sharing race stories along with the full GMS team: John McCutchen, professional driver and vice president at Hunt Construction Company, his wife, Karen Garrett, GMS founder and acclaimed sculptor (both of Dallas), Mica Mosbacher of Austin, director of off-track events and Honorary Consul General to Iceland, and Heart Ambassador, Ally Smith Babineaux, dubbed the “Bionic Bride” by People Magazine.
The only Texas-based non-profit – and one of the few worldwide – to use professional motorsports racing to raise awareness and funds for select charities, GMS recently joined forces with the Austin chapter of the American Heart Association. It is their second non-profit alliance geared toward heart health. For nearly two years, GMS raced to benefit the Texas Heart Institute and made impressive finishes at races including the Rolex Grand Prix in Miami and the 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2012.
“We’re honored to be working with the American Heart Association’s Austin chapter and Ferrari to put the HEART Car on the track and raise much-needed funds for the fight against cardiovascular disease,” stated Mosbacher, team spokesperson. “We couldn’t ask for a better forum to launch our new partnerships and share our mission than the Formula Expo.” Mosbacher is also a member of the COTA host committee.
In addition to renowned sports car driver Davy Jones, Ally Smith Babineaux, the Bionic Bride™, who experienced a well-documented, dramatic battle with cardiomyopathy before, during and after her wedding at the age of 22 in 2010, will also be at the GMS exhibit. After a number of near-death experiences, she received a heart transplant at the Texas Heart Institute, and with it, the gift of life. She has since devoted her time and inspiring story to the battle against heart disease.
The Godstone racing team is preparing for its next big race at the Watkins-Glen International Sports Car Challenge on July 1, in New York. The plan is for Jones to drive the HEART car with GMS co-founder McCutchen; it will be the first time either has raced Ferraris.
GMS partners Ferrari of Austin and sister location, Ferrari of Houston, proudly display both the HEART Car and the Formula 1 Ferrari.
About Godstone Ranch Motorsports
Godstone Ranch Motorsports (GMS) is a Texas-based 501(c)(iii) non-profit corporation that raises awareness and funds for select charitable organizations by using the allure of professional motorsports racing. Founded in 2010 by John McCutchen II, a professional motorsports driver and marketing executive, and his wife, acclaimed artist Karen Garrett, GMS is the result of their desire to see motorsports make a greater contribution to the betterment of society. In 2012, GMS teamed up with Mica Mosbacher, Honorary Consul General of Iceland and president of M3 Interests.
The organization currently leverages the popularity of professional motorsports racing to raise awareness and support the battle against heart disease. In its first year, GMS supported the efforts of the Texas Heart Institute. They now are a proud sponsor of the Austin chapter of the American Heart Association. For more information, visit godstoneranchmotorsports.com, like them on Facebook or follow on Twitter.
About Formula Expo
Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Formula Expo is one of the first organizations to create an exhibit and demonstration environment for anyone to become more closely connected with Grand Prix racing. With its inaugural event hosted in Austin during build-up to the 2012 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, the organization is structured to replicate the event model in other geographies worldwide. For more information visit: www.formulaexpo.com.
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