Circle Heart Racing

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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 Rojo,      (Read the full article)

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Charities Supported by Circle Heart Racing

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”

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Road Atlanta March 9 & 10

Pot-O-Gold Rush 2013

 

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 group.

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 website.

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 your tummy.

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!

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