GAM/ TRG No. 63 adds Kossmann to Driver Lineup
Boston, MA —
By Sarah Cote
The Rolex 24 At Daytona has a way of creating heroic stories on and off the track during its 24 hours of heart pounding excitement. Drivers and teams are forced to step up to the challenge that is unlike any other in North America and stay at top form day and night to achieve their goal of Daytona victory.
Two drivers who understand what it takes to rise to a challenge and win are Grand-Am driver Kurt Kossmann and Bruce Ledoux. Both drivers have personal stories of triumph that have pushed them to dedicate the Rolex 24 race to raising money for Boston Children's Hospital through Guardian Angel Motorsports. The team will be driving the No. 63 TRG Porsche GT3.
Kossmann is a cancer survivor who lost his left leg to an above the knee amputation. While in the hospital Kossmann designed his own unique racing prosthetic leg to clutch with and was back in the race car before he had even completed chemotherapy. When Kossmann was first diagnosed with the aggressive bone cancer doctors only gave him a 30 percent chance to survive. Kossmann underwent a brand new form of treatment that ultimately saved his life. Without donations to charities like Children's Hospital life saving treatments like these would not be possible. This is why Kossmann has joined Ledoux and Guardian Angel Motorsports to use his inspirational story to help bring awareness and donations to children's charities. Kossmann is the only driver to ever compete in the Rolex24 with one leg.
Ledoux has his own inspiring story behind his decision to start Guardian Angel Motorsports. Ledoux's son Colin has chromosomal abnormality, and as a result suffers cognitive growth with speech, dexterity and general function delays. As a father, Ledoux has been struggling with how he can help his son overcome these obstacles and enjoy life to it's fullest. During their time at Boston Children's Hospital Ledoux also realized he wanted to help other families and children struggling with disabilities. With this passion, Ledoux created Guardian Angel Motorsports, a charity that raises money for those that need it the most.
Ledoux's dream has become a reality and Guardian Angel Motorsports will be racing in the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona. The purpose of this unique team is to "harness the power of the motorsports industry to raise money for children's charities". So far the team has raised over $39,000, and although this is an impressive number, it is far shy of their initial goal of $750,000. GAM and Kossmann are hoping that by combining their efforts they can attract media attention and bring awareness to this important cause.
Ledoux wants to emphasize the fact that it is important to bring to the racing world's attention the need for leadership in today's economic environment, especially on the charitable front. Donations are more important than ever for these groups and everyone needs to do their part to help. If it wasn't for donations to charities like Children's Hospital success stories like Kossmann's and continued achievements for Ledoux's son would be impossible.
Kossmann sums it up.
"Hopefully you and your family will never need treatment as intense as what I or the Ledoux family have been through, but many people are not as lucky, and we all want to know that a cure is available for whatever life throws our way," he said. "Donate today."
The most important goal for Guardian Angel Motorsports in the Rolex 24 is to finish the race, since each lap they complete will help raise more money for Boston Children's Hospital. To make a donation or for more information check out www.guardianangelmotorsports.com.