By its nature, the sport of short track stock car racing can defined as a rough and tumble – at sometimes, even aggressive – spectator attraction. Saturday, July 6th fans at Peterborough Speedway will get the chance to see the softer side of Canada’s Toughest 1/3rd Mile Oval as the track plays host to an Autism Awareness Night. President of the Canadian National Autism Foundation Tina Fougere says it’s all about having family fun for a great cause.
“Kid’s Race is all about accepting our loved ones with autism,” said Fougere. “We couldn’t ask for a better place in the Kawartha’s to host our special event. The wonderful people at Peterborough Speedway have opened their doors and more importantly, their hearts to our cause.”
Kid’s Race was started in 2010 as an idea to create a new platform for autism research and awareness. It wasn’t too long after speaking with – and working alongside track owners, officials, drivers, crews and fans that a common bond was formed. Everyone associated with the event quickly realized that passion, dedication, family and a love for what they do is something everyone shared. Peterborough Speedway owner/promoter J.P. Josiasse says the Autism Awareness Night is an informative and educational event for everyone who comes through the gates.
“Our drivers, teams, crew members, sponsors and fans are quick to throw their support behind a worthwhile cause,” said Josiasse. “Even if a member of your family hasn’t been affected by autism, you probably know someone who has and whatever we can do to help the Canadian National Autism Foundation is a win-win situation for everyone involved.”
On track action for Saturday, July 6th at Peterborough Speedway will feature Battlefield Four Fun, Peterborough Hyundai Mini Stock, Moi Parry Spring Service Renegade Truck and Vanguard Self Storage Late Model divisions. In addition, the Ontario Legends will make one of their 7 visits to the track during 2013 and there will also be kid’s rides. A meet and greet with the drivers is also scheduled from 6:00 to 7:00. Pit gates will open at 3:00, with the spectator grandstands unlocked at 5:00.