NJMP Home Race For Carter, B+ Foundation

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It will be a big weekend of racing July 23-24 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, especially for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

In fact, the Continental Tire Challenge Grand Sport and Street Tuner titles can actually be wrapped up. Paul Dalla Lana and Nic Jönsson sit atop their respective championship standings, as the B+ Foundation Heroes 200 is the second-to-last race on the schedule.

But for the B+ Foundation, it will be an even bigger weekend. Not only is this Wilmington, Del., organization acting as the title sponsor of the Continental Tire Challenge race, it will also be bringing out 200 guests to Saturday’s two-and-a-half hour race.

This only marks the culmination of an incredibly busy week. The week actually begins Wednesday, when Wilmington’s Al Carter – who co-drives the No. 45 B+ Racing BMW M3 with Hugh Plumb – will a 3.5-mile stretch through downtown, from Rodney Square to Nemours Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. Carter, a cancer survivor, and Plumb will also sign autographs earlier in the day. Children being treated for cancer will follow the race car in official pace cars.

Carter, a resident of Wilmington, and Plumb, from nearby Unionville, Pa., have carried the logo of the Wilmington-based Andrew McDouough B+ Foundation on their race car throughout the 2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge to raise awareness in the fight against childhood cancer. They have visited a local children’s hospital in every market during the 2011 season so far.

“I am really proud of what we have accomplished with the B+ Foundation all year long,” Carter said, “being able to take children battling cancer with us and enjoying that moment and bringing a smile to the faces of the kids. The B+ Foundation race car going around the nation is a big deal with children.”

Carter and Plumb are in their second season competing together and are currently ninth in the Grand Sport standings. The two have three top fives, including a best of third at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and Carter earned his first career pole position at Virginia International Raceway.

“It is difficult to describe how proud I was and how excited I am to be a part of such an amazing foundation that has not only changed my life but is also so involved in changing the lives of people in need,” Plumb said. “As a local racer, I am happy to help promote the B+ Foundation Heroes 200. Since Daytona our program was able to raise awareness not only for The B+ Foundation but childhood cancers in general and I am proud of the job we have accomplished so far with Joe McDonough and our team.”

Carter – a partner in Diamond Carter Trading, an exchange derivates market-maker firm – began racing in 2007 in the Skip Barber Racing Series and debuted in GRAND-AM last season with Plumb and the Stevenson Motorsports organziation. Their best finish was eighth at Lime Rock Park.

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