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May 15, 2001

Late Racer's Father Issues Air Fence Challenge To CCS Midwest Riders

Gordon Lunde Sr., whose own son Gordie died after hitting a concrete bridge abutment during a race at Road Atlanta several years ago, has challenged CCS racers in the Midwest to contribute enough to the Roadracing World Air Fence Fund to pay for one section of Air Fence.<BR><BR>Lunde runs the Wegman Benefit fund, a non-profit group which provides financial aide to injured road racers.<BR><BR>In an e-mail to Roadracing World, Lunde wrote "I have noticed a severe lack of donations for the Air Fence Fund coming from the Midwest Region CCS membership.<BR><BR>"Yes, the Wegman Fund donated $2900 which is largely money from these Midwest Region racers but the direct contributions are not there.<BR><BR>"I have had talks with three people from this area concerning Air Fence for midwest area tracks. There is a small movement going to perhaps raise money for this purpose. Maybe the local riders are waiting to see if this happens and are saving their money for that cause.<BR><BR>"However, I believe there are enough reasons for these riders, parents, friends, sponsors to kick in some cash to your effort. I am making a challenge to all Midwest Region CCS riders to contribute enough money to buy another section of Air Fence through the Roadracing World fund.<BR><BR>"Do the math. At years start there were 356 riders licensed in this region. That's a lousy $8.15 per rider to cover the cost of one section of Air Fence. There are more racers taking the racing schools and getting licensed each race weekend. More than enough to help this<BR>cause.<BR><BR>"I will be at Blackhawk Farms for CCS races this coming weekend to push this challenge. I will collect money until the AMA race at Road America and deliver a check to John Ulrich at that event. The challenge is up, guys. Can you do it?<BR><BR>"Gordon Lunde<BR>"Wegman Benefit Fund"
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