For: Immediate Release
Contact: Fay Teal, 610-566-4795
Laps to Conquer M.S. finishes One Lap of America, Envoy returns
Media, Pa., May 20 – The Laps to Conquer M.S., Inc. (LCMS), GM Mobility, Dominion Title Sunoco GMC Envoy drive to end multiple sclerosis finished 3rd in SUV Class and 64th Overall of the 84 entrants in the 20th Tire Rack One Lap of America (OLOA) with the team of Fay Teal, David Teal, and Ron Pizor.
The GMC Envoy returns to GM Mobility this week. “But, I’m driving on until I see a checkered flag,” claims Fay Teal, LCMS Executive Director and an MS patient, “I don’t care which is first, an OLOA win or an MS cure.”
The 2003 LCMS drive to end MS started with the May 3 – 10 Tire Rack One Lap of America – 4,000 miles through 16 states in 8 days. It is the 15th OLOA for LCMS and the 17th for Fay Teal. The LCMS GM Mobility Dominion Title Sunoco GMC Envoy finished 2nd in SUV Class at 5 of the 16 scored competitions.
“The Envoy performed very well both on the highway, driving all those miles between racetracks, and at the track events,” says David Teal, the competition driver and Fay Teal’s husband. “The Automatic 4Wheel Drive worked especially well on the dirt at Tulsa Speedway where the Envoy finished 40th OA and at Road America where it finished 35th OA in rain and fog.”
The 2003 OLOA started and finished at the Lodge on the Green in Painted Post, NY with daily stops for scored competitions at 8 racetracks around the 16 state route. The tracks in route order were: Watkins Glen International, NY; Indianapolis Raceway Park, IN; Road America, WI; Hallett Raceway and Tulsa Speedway, OK; Memphis Motorsports Park, TN; Carolina Motorsports Park, SC; and BeaveRun MotorSports Complex, PA.
A Porsche Cayenne with Tony Swan and Mary Seelhorst won the SUV Class, a Corvette with Ronald Adee and John Myrick won overall.
The LCMS drive continues after the OLOA as events and the use of vehicles allow. Laps to Conquer M.S., Inc., is the charity for the June 20 – 22 TRI REGION PRESENTS THE SEVENTH ANNUAL LAPS TO CONQUER MS REGIONAL RACES at Pocono International Raceway, and shares the charity of the Washington DC Region, Sports Car Club of America Labor Day Double MARRS races with the MD Brain Injury Association on September 6 - 8.
GM Mobility joined the drive for the first time by supplying a 2003 GMC Envoy XL for LCMS to use on the OLOA. GM Mobility was created to address the adaptive-equipment concerns of people with physical disabilities. It’s also a resource for caretakers and service professionals. Information is available at www.gmmobility.com or 1-800-323-9935.
Dominion Title Services, Inc., of Vineland, N.J., returned for the 8th year as a sponsor, and the 5th year as primary sponsor. “Dominion Title Services, Inc., proudly sponsors the LCMS Dominion Title Sunoco GM Mobility Envoy,” states owner Suzanne King, “with the thought that we are racing towards the cure for this dreaded disease.” Dominion Title Services, Inc., provides title insurance for real estate transactions.
Sunoco Performance Products, a sponsor of LCMS since 1989, was joined on the drive to end MS in 1992 by the Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery.
Associate sponsors include: Chambres and Associates of LaMott. Pa., a part of the drive to end MS since 1994, Steven Rudner, D.M.D., & Staff of Cherry Hill, N.J., a second year supporter, and the Friends of LCMS.
Fay and David Teal began Laps to Conquer M.S., Inc., in 1989, to increase multiple sclerosis awareness through motorsports after Fay was diagnosed with MS. “I’ve been very involved with motorsports all my life and was getting my competition license,” remembers Fay Teal, “when the MS diagnosis ended that. Now I’m using my motorsports passion to combat MS.”
Since 1989, LCMS has driven over 180,000 miles pursuing the checkered flag for MS. The drive has taken LCMS through 46 of the continental United States during 15 OLOA’s – ‘I know we’ve been to all those states, we have 1 Lap Route Books to prove it, but I slept through half of them,” muses David Teal.
While MS awareness was the primary focus, LCMS has raised over $100,000 for the National MS Society. “I’m very pleased that LCMS collected this much,” remarks Fay Teal, “but until the checkered flag waves for MS, LCMS drives on to the cure.”
Contributions to the drive to end multiple sclerosis can be mailed to:
Laps to Conquer M.S., Inc.
P O Box 94
Lenni, PA 19052-0094