Shinya Michimi Racing (SMR) is teaming up with Izod Indy Car Series driver Takuma Sato to help raise money for Takuma’s “With You Japan” Campaign. Funds raised for the campaign will be used to directly benefit children affected by the recent devastating tsunami and earthquake in Japan, some of whom now face rebuilding their lives from scratch having lost their family, friends and home.
Shinya was lucky and very grateful that his own family in Tokyo was safe, but after watching the news of the aftermath unfold, Shinya felt that he really wanted to do something to help those who weren’t so lucky and are suffering as a result of this catastrophic event. Shinya was watching the Indy Car Racing Series Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg when he learned about Takuma’s “With You Japan” campaign. “I was very inspired by what Takuma is doing and I knew immediately that I wanted to help,” said Shinya. “Taku was once a karter before moving on to become a successful Formula One and Indy Car driver, so I thought, maybe I can show my support and help raise money for his charity through my karting.” So Shinya will be doing all he can to help take Takuma’s campaign to the “grassroots” motorsports level.
Beginning with Round 3 of the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup race at MRP in South Bend, Indiana, SMR will be conducting the fundraiser at WKA events in hopes of raising as much as possible for Takuma’s charity.
Donations can be made by check payable to “Children Mending Hearts – With You Japan” and can be given to Shinya at the track or mail to c/o Shinya Michimi Racing, 9065 Sutton Place, Hamilton OH 45011. Donations can also be made online via PayPal at email@example.com
Shinya will also have “With You Japan” decals available for sale for karters to stick on their karts as a show of support. All proceeds from the sale of decals will go to the “With You Japan” campaign. Decals can be purchased from Shinya directly or George Sieracki at the Franklin Motorsports Parts Trailer. SMR will also be donating $500 each to the charity on behalf of the winners of the Yamaha Sportsman Lite, Yamaha Junior Lite, and TAG2 classes. Shinya will also be running special graphics on his kart provided by Brian McHattie of The Sign Shop @ DB Motorsports in the same design as Takuma’s Indy car as a show of support.
We hope you will join Shinya and Takuma in supporting this very worthy cause.
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