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Champ Car Ministries

Congratulations from all of us at Champ Car Ministries on the successful launching of the first full season of Project Track Champion. We've been watching from Indianapolis with great interest as your efforts for persons with special needs have come to fruition. Your unique approach is to be applauded as it fills a void and raises awareness at the same time. May the Lord richly bless all that you do.

Hunter Floyd, Sr. Chaplain,
Champ Car Ministries.

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CAW Local 88 - Delaware Speedway

I am writing this letter as the Chairperson of CAW Local 88 Recreation Committee. Our Local Union, along with CAW Local 302 and CAW Local 1001 has annually sponsored the races at Delaware Speedway on Labour Day Weekend.
This Year we were fortunate enough to hook up with Project Track Champion and Denny Snider. The Project was very well received at the race track. The car participated in the parade lap on Friday night and was on view for the race fans in attendance to see. Nothing but positive comments and remarks were heard.
Denny Snider and associates with Project Track Champion nee to be congratulated on this idea and program. The program increases the awareness to all members of our society that people with disabilites can still participate and be involved in such programs as racing. Our communities and world need more positive programs like Project Track Champion. Job Well Done!!
CAW Local 88 and Project Track Champion have already had discussions about Labour Day Weekend next year. Keep up the great work!

Yours Truly Dan Borthwick
CAW Local 88

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Denny's Closing Remarks to Southgate Twp for the Declaration of "Project Track Champion Day"

Today racing is the second largest sports event next to pro football!
In so much as the project track champion racecar was, and is offered as a gift...not just for those with disabilities, but to all people that we come to know the importance of two key components of this particular vehicle. I would like to close my presentation with these two, for I know they will have an effect on you, as they did me.


1- The roof had to be raised to accommodate the additional headroom required - 'In raising the roof', we also raised the level of awareness to tend to the needs of others, to the best of our ability.

2- My favourite component is the doors on the passenger side which swing open, to receive anyone who wishes to enter, conveying a sense of welcome to our world - in this case Racing. January 12, 2005 was a wonderful day. Monday July 10, 2006 will be so much more.

Thank You
Denny Snider

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The Children's Wish Foundation

The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada grants wishes to children between the ages of three to seventeen, who suffer from high-risk, life threatening illnesses.As a Representative for this Foundation, I had the incredible opportunity, along with Denny Snider, on Thursday June 8 th , 2006 to be present at the unveiling of the wheelchair accessible “ Project Track Champion” race car that will allow children confined to wheelchairs, the opportunity to experience the thrill of being in a race car. It was incredible to witness the excitement of the special children there that day as they were able to be inside this car and witness first-hand this amazing accomplishment. Seeing the looks of joy on their faces told the entire story.What this car will mean to children confined to wheelchairs as they experience a “once in a lifetime” opportunity, will be amazing. To be able to bring back happiness into the lives of children who would not normally be able to have such a thrill, will be hard to believe and certainly the Designers of this car are to be commended for all the time and effort that it took to build.A huge round of applause goes to the Volunteers and Supporters of “Project Track Champion”. The smiles of gratitude that will be seen in the years to come on the faces of the children will be such a wonderful reward for all the hard work that went into creating this vehicle.

Anne Boehm
The Children's Wish Foundation
PO Box 26071 Kitchener , Ontario

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Corporation of the Township of Southgate
Dundalk Ontario


As mayor of the Township of Southgate, I am deeply moved by the compassion and generosity of its people. It is my understanding that plans are underway to have the project-track-champion vehicle at numerous functions throughout Ontario and the United States. This project comes at a time when the needs of others, particularly those with disabilities needs to be addressed, whatever they may be.
Project Track Champion's birthplace is Southgate Township and as Mayor, I lend my full support to this very wonderful program and to those involved.

Yours Truly
Don Lewis, Mayor Township of Southgate.
December 5, 2005

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Ken Hayward - The Diesel Doctors OSCAAR Outlaw Super late Model #7.3

Denny, it is great to hear the Project Car is in it's final stages of completion. The project would never have reached this stage were it not for your dedication and determination. I congratulate you and your team on their efforts and wish the project the very best in the future!

Ken Hayward
April 13, 2006

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Bill Murdoch MPP
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

It is indeed wonderful to know that this unique concept first surfaced here in my riding of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound. Congratulations for a job well done to the concept creator, Denny Snider of Durham. And to all of the "Gift Givers" to the project, the race car drivers of Varney Motor Speedway and other racetracks, and the many supporters on both sides of the border.
You have my full support for this very timely and worthy cause.

Sincerely
Bill Murdoch, MPP
November 23, 2005

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Participation Lodge and Community Services - Grey Bruce
Supporting Adults with Disabilities.

Please accept this letter as our endorsement of Project Track Champion.
We sincerely believe that this project is a great program that benefits the residents by allowing them to become involved in programs that other people participate in and when the car is available for our residents to ride in, it truly will brighten their day.
As you might know, when our residents are involved in programs such as yours, it increases their quality of life, and they feel overwhelmed with eagerness and anticipation to be part of a project they never dreamed possible.

Yours Truly
Jackie Barrett
Director of Resources Development.

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Jackie's Story....

A racecar with a spot for a wheelchair, wow, what a concept!
I was reading the Toronto Star a few months ago when I came upon an article about Denny Snider and his idea: Project Track Champion.
I was amazed and delighted by this idea: a racecar for handicapped people to go for a ride in.
You see, this really touches my heart because I have 2 boys in wheelchairs. Anything that will enhance their lives and their ability to participate in (normal) activities very much excites our family.
My husband Martin and I (Jackie) have 3 boys, Jonathan, James and Mark. James and Mark both have a genetic disorder called hereditary cerebellar ataxia. This disorder affects their balance and their ability to walk. They are very happy, loving boys who use wheelchairs to get from point A to B instead of walking. They can walk with their walkers, but without support, they fall (quickly).
Our Christmas vacation for 2004 was a week in Florida . As a family, we decided that it would be a great present to all of us to skip the snow for a week and head for the beach. While in Florida , we went to Daytona Speedway. We took the tour of the track in the trolley bus. While we were on the bus, my youngest son Mark wondered where his racecar was. I told him that he didn't get a racecar, that we could only go on the track in this trolley. He was pretty upset with me; he was sure I had told him that he would get his own racecar. I told him that we weren't allowed to go in a racecar.
About 2 months after that vacation, was when I happened upon the article in the Toronto Star about Project Track Champion. Boy, was I thrilled when I read this article. I knew I had to get involved in someway in this great adventure.
So that is why I have written a bit of my story for the Project Track Champion web site. If you have questions about our family, please call 1-705-435-3073.
I would love to talk to anyone about my story, and how excited we all are about Project Track Champion.

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Lachlan's Story...

A STORY ABOUT A SPECIAL RACECAR

By: Lachlan MacArthur
Hello my name is Lachlan MacArthur. I volunteer on the special racecar Committee at Varney Speedway.  My friend Sylvia picks me up at home.  Then we drive to the project track champion meetings.  We went to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  It's fun to learn about building a special wheelchair racecar.  I'm really excited about going for a ride with a real racecar driver.
Denny - Thank you so much for thinking about this idea.

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This letter was sent to Denny on April 26, 2005 from Gary's wife Linda. 
Gary passed away April 3, 2005 .... a very dear friend of Denny.

To understand how a disabled person feels, you either have to be disabled, or you have to live with a loved one who is disabled. For Gary, in this mind, he was not disabled.  His mind still wanted to do all the things he always had done.  His body failed to allow him. As much as we try to include the disabled person in normal activities, they always fall short of their own expectations.
When Denny approached Gary about riding in a race car that would take his wheelchair, Gary's only concern was that the steering wheel was on the same side as him, so he could drive it. It may have only been for a few months, but this project gave Gary something to look forward to. 
While lying in bed for countless hours, he had something to think about.  Something that would make him "normal" and fit in, even for a short while.  He wasn't made to feel disabled, they just had to make a few adjustments so he could join in again. To all who made this project possible for Gary and for all those like Gary, you will never know the importance and meaning it has in their lives.  This project gives them the hope of being "normal" for just a while, which is far better than no hope at all. So, as Gary would say, "Drivers, start your engines!"

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Chad McGlynn – McGlynn Motorsports

Earlier this year I received a call from Denny Snider regarding a project that would change the world of racing for a lot of special needs individuals. The idea? A race car driven by a professional driver and the passenger side would be wheel chair accessible. I eagerly accepted Denny's offer to be one of the drivers to pilot the machine that makes dreams come true.

I was recently awarded the opportunity to meet some of the people whom the car was designed to accommodate at a car show in St. Jacobs , Ontario , hosted by the Highwaymen Car Club Kitchener. That was where I met two gentlemen named Duane and Keith. They were very excited about the opportunity that the Project Track Champion car would offer upon its completion. Seeing their faces and also the faces of their caregivers was more than enough to make me see that this was a venture like no other. It will bring people closer to my sport of auto racing that would otherwise never have the chance. In the short time that I was at the show, which centered around this groundbreaking vehicle, I was amazed at the interest from the general public. Those without disabilities seemed as eager to hear about the project as those for whom it was intended.

As a CASCAR Super Series competitor running on a tight budget, I have been forced to run a limited season including only the events closest to home. The good side to that is, it will afford me a little extra time to do my part in bringing the world of stock car racing to those with disabilities and special needs. I am thankful to have the opportunity to meet these people and to help make their wishes come true.

Chad McGlynn – McGlynn Motorsports
CASCAR #18
Kitchener , Ontario Canada
www.mcglynnmotorsports.com

 

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