Jul 30, 2013
© 2015, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.
From a press release
issued by Peter Lenz Forever 45 Scholarship
John Gessner in action. Photo by Darren Beatty Photography.
(Vancouver, WA, USA) During Peter Lenz's racing career he was blessed to have the support of his family and the best safety and training equipment to be found. The Peter Lenz Forever 45 Scholarship was started shortly after Peter's passing almost three years ago.
The Forever 45 Scholarship honors Peter's memory by awarding annual equipment and training scholarships to a deserving youth rider who displays the characteristics that made Peter a champion both on and off the track. Though American, Peter cut his national teeth racing the Canadian National Mini Road Racing Series where he won several national championships. The Peter Lenz Forever 45 Scholarship has selected a fellow Washington state youth rider following those same steps. 14-year John Gessner is the program's 2013 recipient. John is the current #2 placeholder in WMRRA, having won many races and WMRRA's Peter Lenz Memorial 125 GP class championship.
“I would personally like to thank the Lenz family for all the helpful advice on and off the track, and thanks to the Forever 45 Scholarship Peter was the fastest racer I’ve known. I am blessed to have the support of the people and companies behind the Forever 45 Scholarship,” commented Gessner.
This year through the generous support of the racing community and Peter's sponsors, the Forever 45 Scholarship is able to provide Jonathan the following safety gear and training for the 2013 season:
- Corsair V helmet from Arai Helmets
- Sidi boots from Motonation
- Innersuit from Performance Under Gear (PUG)
- Phantom gloves from Held USA
- Custom chest and back protector from Impact Safe-T Armor
- One day 1:1 on track instruction from California Superbike School
More information on the Peter Lenz Forever 45 Scholarship can be found at
More information on John and his racing can be found on his Facebook page