Racing to bring a better tomorrow for children in need of a smile today
“Miles of Smiles”
Circle Heart Racing Celebrates Return To Road Atlanta
The #28 Car returns to Road Atlanta since their crash and blown engine in December.
On Saturday Rigdon would qualify his S2000 for P2 in NASA-SE Honda Challenge Series.
After losing a few positions early in the race, he managed to come to the front finishing
First in Honda Challenge 1 plus an Overall Win. Flickinger made some small changes
to the car picking up 2 seconds and qualify P1 for Sunday’s race. “Sunday was tough
since the field was inverted,” said Rigdon, “I got punted in turn 7 and still managed
to catch and pass the leader for another HC1 win. It was a great weekend.” They wanted
to give special thanks to VFW Post 5255 in Lawrenceville,GA for their support so
Circle Heart could return to racing.
Veterans of NASA-SE Honored
In June at Road Atlanta, NASA-SE and Circle Heart Racing honored all of the Veterans
and their families during the June Jam Races.“There are literally hundreds of Military
Veterans racing in NASA,” said Pantas, Director of NASA-SE, “and we need to recognize
each and every one of them for their service.” Ron Rigdon of Circle Heart Racing
is a Life Time Member of VFW Post 5255 provided lunch and drinks for all in attendance.
CAP Gwinnett presented colors and led everyone in the Pledge Of Allegiance in honor
of our Veterans. Special guests included two WWII, Veteran, Hubert Naramore and Cabo
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Please help us help these organization in December 2014 with the 7th annual Santa’s
Toy Run. Sponsorships and donations needed. These organization counts on our support
to help provide toys for kids at Christmas and without our continued support, many
children would not have any gifts for Christmas. Help Circle Heart Racing continue
to bring, “Miles of Smiles”
Weather conditions were fantastic as the Honda Challenge 1 series took to the track
at Road Atlanta with NASA-SE’s second event of the 2013 season, Pot-o-Gold Rush.
Beginning on Saturday morning with the first practice; Kris Popovic #9 Integra at
1:41.9 followed by Ron Rigdon #28 S2000 at 1:42.7, Carl Kondor’s #31 Accord at 1:43.2,
Iourie Gorine #101 RSX at 1:46.2 and Rob Oxford #8 at 1:46.7. Later that morning
during qualifying Kondor came in first at 1:41.079, Popovic at 1:41.611, Rigdon at
1:41.618, Gorine at 1:44.318 and Oxford at 1:46.292. Traffic was a big factor and
made qualifying extremely difficult with more than a 60 car count in the Lightning
The race was scheduled late in the afternoon which changed the track conditions significantly
from practice and qualifying. The Honda Challenge 1 cars were gridded up front followed
by the Thunder Roadster group. The Roadsters have qualifying times equal to the Hondas
setting the stage for some great close in wheel to wheel racing from start to finish.
Karl Kondor led the field or the first couple of laps as the group of Roadsters worked
their way through some of the Hondas. On the third lap the leaders caught the back
of the field of some of the slower cars which made it difficult to catch Kondor.
Lapped traffic did however slow the 2nd place car of Popovic that gave Rigdon a chance
late in the race to take second place away. Unfortunately, Rigdon got caught up in
an incident where a young driver attempted to make a low percentage dive bomb pass
which damaged not only #28 car of Rigdon, but a Spec E30 and 944. The race ended
up under caution with Kondor taking the overall win plus Honda Challenge 1 followed
by Popovic, Rigdon, Gorin and Oxford.
On Sunday qualifying was scheduled early with absolutely perfect weather and track
conditions. Even though Rigdon car had significant damages from Saturday’s incident,
he was able to qualify 1st overall with a time of 1:40.796 followed by Kondor at
1:40.859 and Popovic at 1:45.504. The lineup was a true challenge with Honda Challenge
being gridded at the end group of a 3 split starts. As the green flag dropped the
HC drivers worked quickly through the slower cars toward the front of the 3rd group.
With 2 laps in the books Rigdon got boxed in by slower traffic getting passed by
Kondor and Pacollich. On the 3rd lap caution came out for a spec E30 that hit the
wall in turn 5. This was a lengthy caution that brought the drivers down pit road
while track crews repaired the tire barrier.
The race restarted with only 10 minutes left with Kondor up front of the HC1 cars.
Rigdon however caught Popovic sleeping on the restart and passed him and four other
cars. Rigdon’s lead soon diminished as Popovic caught him going into turn 1 making
a cleaver pass boxing Rigdon behind a slower car. The race was caution the next lap
and finished up with Kondor win HC1 group followed by rest of the Honda Challenge
drivers. It was a fun filled weekend of real competitive racing to say the least;
our next race at Road Atlanta is June, won’t you Honda drivers join in the fun
Circle Heart Racing 2014
The 2014 season is off to a great start with two 3rd place finishes at Barber, two
3rd place finishes at Road Atlanta and two 1st place finishes in Savannah. With these
great finishes, Circle Heart Racing’s Ron Rigdon, in his Honda S2000, is in first
place with NASA-SE Honda Challenge 1 series.
“This is refreshing,” stated Rigdon, “We had a lot of engine problems that plagued
us last year which seem to be solved with the hard work and dedication from Jason
Flickenger, my car builder.” Together Rigdon and Flickenger are making a run for
the NASA-SE Honda Challenge 1 championship in 2014. Rigdon will also be competitive
in the 2014 NASA Nationals in August at Road Atlanta.
Circle Heart has a number of races left this year so stay tuned for the latest results
as well as several opportunities to take a ride in his car at a track near you.
I would like to start by thanks everyone for their toys and donations last year.
We collected over 1600 toys and $15,000, a total success. Special thanks to the individuals
and teams that we well beyond the minimum to make it very beneficial to our many
of our Charities, more importantly the children.
I am looking forward to the 7th Annual Santa’s Toy Run which is only a few weeks
away, Dec 5-7, 2014. There is a lot of information that I wanted to share with everyone
concerning this year’s event. I also wanted to reassure everybody that all recipients
are pre-qualified prior to receiving toys or donations. All of the Charities have
gone through a grant review process, visitation and review making them a qualified
recipient. All donations will be made payable directly to the charity again ensuring
all contributors money is getting in the right hands and being used to help children.
1. TOY DONATIONS: The gate fee is $20 for everyone attending the Santa’s Toy Run
or a New Unwrapped Toy, Game, or Gift Card of equal or greater value. About 55% of
the children are ages 1 – 12 generally in the domestic violence shelters, 35% are
ages 14 – 17 usually in the group foster homes and the remaining 10% are predominately
in low income housing. Recommendations are games and toys that will occupy the children’s
mind and time. Gift Cards is an option and great for the older teens and also can
be used by the charity for things such as birthdays or when a child come in with
only the clothes on their back.
2. DONATIONS: All charities are 501c3 non-profit organizations dedicated to meeting
the emotional and physical needs of children in crisis including counseling, medical
treatment, and academic assistance. 100% of all donations are tax deductable. ALL
DONATIONS ARE MADE PAYABLE DIRECTLY TO THE CHARITY OF YOUR CHOICE. These organizations
are: Gwinnett or Fulton PADV – Kids Rec Programs (Domestic Violence Shelter), A Friends
House (Group Foster Home), Haven House (Domestic Violence Shelter), Gwinnett Children’s
Shelter (Group Foster Home), KidStuff (Works with autistic children & low income
families), Rising Sun Youth Group (After school and camp for low income families)
and VFW National Home For Children (Helps military children and families in need.
Full campus) If you need more information just give me a call and I will give you
a recommendation based on the needs and donations already received or visit www.SantasToyRun.org
for links to each of these organizations. Forms can be printed from santastoyrun.org
3. RACE CAR RIDE ALONG: Julie has made special consideration for non NASA members
to take advantage of a ride along. The rider has made a $200 donation to one of the
selected charity and signed the appropriate waiver. This is our most popular means
of fundraising and makes a perfect gift idea for the person that has everything;
A TRUE RIDE OF A LIFETIME. Forms can be printed from santastoyrun.org website.
4. BBQ – SATURDAY DEC 7: There will be a BBQ lunch at the pavilion on Saturday provided
by the Road Atlanta Paddock Grill, make sure to thank them! 100% of all money collected
will be donated to Sunrise Youth Group; in fact they will be serving the lunch so
you will have a chance to meet some of them. A donation of $6.50 or more; menu is
BBQ Sandwich, Home Made Slaw, Baked Beans and Drink. Come for some yummy, yummy in
5. 50 – 50 DRAWING: We will have some kids from Sunrise Youth Group will be coming
around Friday and Saturday with tickets for our 50/50 drawing to be held just prior
to the Awards Saturday night Tickets will be $2 each or 15 tickets for $20 donation.
Welcome the kids when they come around to your pit.
6. TOY RUN COLLECTION BOXES: I have hundreds of toy collection boxes at my dealership
in Lawrenceville. The boxes are very office and shop friendly, 24x24x36. This is
a great way to demonstrate to your customers, staff and employees that you helping
children at Children at Christmas. It also makes you feel good to help.
I want to thanks everyone in advance for all the support and love that ya’ll have
shown in years past and look forward to seeing you at the 7th Annual Santa’s Toy
Run in a couple of week. Please call me if you have any ideas, recommendations, concerns,
or thoughts. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!