Sébastien joins us for his 4th consecutive year and as Event Chairman with Patrick Long has been invaluable to our success. He has competed in virtually every major sports and open wheel racing series in the world. His extensive resume includes 4 consecutive Champ Car titles ’04-’07 with 31 wins, and the record for most wins in a season. He did a stint in Formula 1 in 2007-08 with Toro Rosso. He had 11 starts at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with 3-2nd place finishes and a 1st in LM GTE Pro class in the Chip Ganassi Ford GT in 2016. He had 10 starts at the 12 Hours of Sebring with a 1st overall, two 2nd overalls and a 1st in class and 9 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona races with a win in 2014 and 2017. In 2017, Sébastien continues to compete in the Verizon Indycar Series with Dale Coyne Racing and to drive the Chip Ganassi Ford GT car at Le Mans, Rolex 24, 12 Hours at Sebring and Petit Le Mans races.
Scott joins us for the first time this year to help the kids at All Children’s. Scott also started in Karts as a kid and was very successful like most of our Pro-drivers. This year Scott starts his 16th consecutive season with Chip Ganassi Racing, a team record, in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Scott has the distinction of having the most wins of any active IndyCar driver with 40 wins. He is a four-time Verizon IndyCar Series Champion in 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2015, as well as winning the Indianapolis 500 in 2008. Scott won the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in 2006 and 2015 with a second place finish in 2011. In 2016, he and his team drove the Chip Ganassi Ford GT to a 3rd place finish in the 24 Hours at Le Mans.
RC is an up and coming young driver making his first appearance with Kart- 4Kids this year. After competing in Karts and Skip Barber regional racing, RC made his professional debut in the 2012 US F2000 National Championship and placed 3rd with four class wins. RC won the F2000 Winterfest Championship and placed 2nd in the US F2000 National Championship in 2014. In 2015, he moved to Indy Lights and then to the IndyCar Series for the last three races of 2016. In 2017, he started his first 24 Hours at Daytona in the Mathiesen Motorsports P1 car and will drive in the 12 Hours at Sebring. He will also compete in the Michelin Le Mans Cup in Europe while he continues to pursue a career in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
James makes his debut this year helping us help the kids at All Children’s Hospital. James started his career racing SCCA club racing in several series from 2008 through 2011. James got his first Professional drive in an LMPC Oreca in the American Le Mans Series in 2012 and again in 2013. Then in the United Sports- Car Championship in P2 cars, 5 races in 2014 and 9 races in 2015. In 2016 James continued in Prototype Challenge cars with 11 races in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship now moving to Performance Tech Motorsports, culminating in a 1st in class finish at the 2017 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
Jan returns for his 5th consecutive year to support the kids at All Children’s hospital. In 2014 and 2015 Jan paired up with Madison Snow and sometimes Patrick Dempsey in the Wright Motorsports #58 Porsche in the highly competitive GTD Class. Jan helped the team take two consecutive 3rd place finishes at The 24 Hours at Daytona as well as podium finishes at Road America and the Petit Le Mans. Jan’s impressive racing resume includes Champ Car, ALMS, Rolex Grand-Am, Tudor United Sportscar Series, FIA GT3 European Championship, Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge and many European series. In 2017 Jan just competed in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the TRG Porsche GT3 R and will compete in the Porsche GT3 Challenge for JDX Racing.
Trent will be joining us for his 4th consecutive year. He’s already won a Team USA Scholarship, driven in the USF2000 Road to Indy Series and Placed 2nd in GT-2 at the 2012 SCCA Nationals. Trent scored 8 wins in the SCCA U.S. Majors Tour in 2013 and competed in five races in the CTSCC, all for Fall Line Motor-sports. In 2014’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series, again driving for Fall Line Motorsports in #46 BMW M3, Trent started with two 2nd place finishes in GS class at Daytona and Sebring. Trent went on to win the Driver and Team GS Class Championship adding wins at Mazda Raceway and COTA. In 2015 Trent placed third in the GS Team Championship with a win at the season’s final race at Road Atlanta. In 2016 Trent won the Blancpain Lamborghini Super Tro- feo North America (Pro-Am class) Championship. And, drove the Body Motion Racing #12 Porsche Cayman GT4 GS to a 3rd place in the CTSCC which he continues to drive in 2017.
Ed makes his debut with us this year helping the kids at All Children’s Hospital. And as is the case with most of our Pro-drivers, he, too, had a very successful Karting career scoring championships in the UAE and internationally while growing up in Dubai. Ed transitioned to cars in 2011, culminating in winning the Formula 3, European F3 Open Championship in 2013. Ed went on to win the FIA European F3 Championship in 2014, and in 2015, he moved to the United States Indy Lights Series, where he placed Third and then won the U.S. Indy Lites Championship in 2016. Ed makes his Verizon Indy Car Series debut in the Dale Coyne Racing #19 in 2017.
This is Tony’s first year in our Pro-driver lineup, but is no stranger to those who follow SportsCar and IndyCar racing. Tony returns for his 20th overall IndyCar season again this year with Chip Ganassi Racing (2014-2017). Tony is the all- time IndyCar leader in most consecutive starts (265) going back to 2001 and has 129 top-five finishes and 17 IndyCar wins. He became the first driver to compete in every possible lap in a season on his way to winning the 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. He won the Indianapolis 500 in 2003 and won the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in 2015, and will start the 2017 season in the #20 car at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
At 20 year’s old, Clearwater FL resident Ethan Low, back for his second year with Kart4Kids, is now driving for Ginetta USA. Ethan started racing karts in 2007 and won his first national karting title in 2009. Ethan went through Skip Barber in formula cars series. Ethan is the 2014 FARA Endurance Cup Cham- pion and was a factory driver for MINI Cooper in the US in 2016. Ethan has competed in the IMSA, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge for the last 2 years, finishing 7th in points in his rookie season.
Patrick Long, is our Event Co-Chairman and has been an ardent supporter for all six years of this event. Last year, he signed a multi-year contract to continue as Porsche’s only American factory driver, having originally signed with Porsche in 2003. Patrick is a three-time ALMS GT driver’s champion (05, 09, 10), Pirelli World Challenge GT Drivers Champion (2011) with four wins, class winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (twice, 2004, 07), Rolex 24 At Daytona win (2009), two 12 Hours of Sebring wins (2005, 2014), three wins at the Petit Le Mans, and a class winner at the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000. Patrick teamed up with Patrick Dempsey in 2013, 2014 and 2015 at Le Mans culminating in a GTE 2nd place finish in 2015. In 2015, he drove in both the WEC series GTE class with Dempsey-Proton Racing, scoring a first place finish at Fuji and in IMSA with the #17 Falken Tire Porsche team. In 2016 Patrick placed 2nd
in GTD class at the 24 Hours at Daytona with Black Swan Racing and took 2nd place in the Pirelli World Challenge GT Series Championship driving the Porsche GT3 R with 3 wins. He also drove in the FIA-WEC series in GTE-AM with Abu Dhabi Proton Racing. Patrick will return full time in 2017 to the Pirelli World Challenge GT series driving the Porsche GT3 for Wright Motorsports, competing in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Bathurst.
Daniel joins our Pro-driver ranks for his second year and like so many of the professional drivers on our roster started his career karting in his native Canada. Highlights include winning the Canadian Formula Senior Championship and the Florida Winter Tour Champion title. In 2006, he moved into Formula Racing in the Formula BMW American series. In 2007, he won that series with 6 wins out of 14 possible starts. Daniel raced in the A1 Grand Prix in 2008-09 and the GP3 series in 2010. He won the 2010 World Championship in the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals and moved to Firestone Indy Lights in the 2011 season. In 2015 Daniel moved to the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada with Alegra/Porsche Centre Oakville Motorsport. In 2016 Daniel scored champion- ships in both the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and the Porsche North American Cup. Daniel has had a good start to 2017 with a GTD class win at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in the Alegra Mortorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Spencer makes his debut with us in the Pro-driver ranks this year and like so many of the Pro-drivers who support our event he too started in Karts. After a successful youth karting career Spencer joined the Mazda Road to Indy series. As the Series winningest driver Pigot won four championships and 24 races in USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights in five years, culminating in the 2014 Pro Mazda and 2015 Indy Lights Championships. Spencer competed in the Indy 500 in 2015 and 2016. 2016 was Spencer’s rookie year in the Verizon IndyCar Series with Ed Carpenter Racing and returns in 2017 for his second year in the #20 IndyCar driving the road and street courses.
Jordan joins us again for his 3rd year in the Pro-driver line-up and also started his racing career in Karts. He’s currently driving the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac Daytona Prototype for Wayne Taylor Racing in the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. In 2014 he and his team won two races, at Detroit and the Petit LeMans to take second place in the Tudor United Sportscar Championship. In 2013 his first full season in DP-Class competition he co-drove to the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Driver’s Championship with a series-high five victories. Jordan also co-drove the factory Chevrolet Corvette C6 R ZR1 in the world’s major endurance events, including a class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015 and second place in 2014. Jordan and Wayne Taylor Racing finished 3rd place in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with 3 race wins in 2016 and they just won the 2017 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. Jordan will join the Corvette factory team again this year at Le Mans.
Ricky returns to our event for his 3rd year helping the kids at All Children’s. And like so many of our Pro-drivers he too started in Karts. 2010 thru 2012 Ricky co-drove the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing entry to 7 wins and 10 pole positions. In 2013, he co-drove the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP all in the Rolex Sports- Car Series. Ricky has driven in three previous 24 Hours of Le Mans and is slated to drive this year with the factory Chevrolet Corvette factory team. In 2016, Ricky and the Wayne Taylor Racing #10 Konica Minolta Chevrolet Corvette DP team placed 3rd in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and finished 2nd at 2016’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. Sporting a new Cadillac PowerPlant the WTR team took the win at this year’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.