The Jacksonville Grand Prix is proud to welcome double Guinness World Record holder Trey Shannon as a participant in this year’s event. The Jacksonville Grand Prix is a European style high-speed 6 hour go kart race hosted by Endurance Karting. The event is held annually at the 103rd Street Sports Complex just outside of Jacksonville, FL, and raises funds and awareness for the Spina Bifida Association of Jacksonville. Teams of 4-6 drivers compete in equally prepared karts over the grueling 6 hour race on April 5th, with a portion of each team’s entry fee going directly to the charity. Shannon will be the first solo driver in the event’s ten year history.
Jacksonville Grand Prix event organizer Rick Mansfield is excited to have Shannon joining them for this event. “We are honored to have Trey join us and Endurance Karting for the Jacksonville Grand Prix not only as a World Record holder, but more importantly as someone overcoming challenges of his own and helping us raise money for Spina Bifida research,” said Rick. “I’ve participated in this event myself, along with logging plenty of additional laps around this place, and I can’t imagine one driver racing for 6 straight hours. We’re happy to welcome Trey to 103rd Street Sports Complex, and wish him the best of luck.”
Trey Shannon is no stranger to endurance style karting. He holds the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance by a solo kart driver in both the outdoor and indoor categories. Alongside his records, Shannon also completed the Endurance Karting run 24 Hours of America, held just a few months ago at one of karting’s biggest stages, the Charlotte Motor Speedway. In addition to his endurance racing pedigree, he is also very familiar with racing for a cause. Shannon has Tourette Syndrome, and uses his world record attempts as a way to raise funds and awareness for the national Tourette Syndrome Association. Trey will continue to share his story of living and racing with Tourettes during his Jacksonville Grand Prix experience, but is also committed to helping the event’s charity Spina Bifida of Jacksonville.
“I’d like to thank Rick Mansfield, the Jacksonville Grand Prix, and Endurance Karting for inviting me to join them for the 6 Hours to Benefit Spina Bifida,” Trey said. “This is a phenomenal event, and I can’t wait to be a part of it. While I’ve done three separate 24 hour challenges, I’ve never attempted to go flat out for 6 hours, so I know this will be a very difficult race. I’m looking forward to the challenge, and am very excited to go for a top spot. More importantly though, this race is for such a great cause, and I’m very excited to help raise funds and awareness for Spina Bifida of Jacksonville.”
SBJ provides desperately needed education and awareness about the effects, treatments, and conditions associated with spina bifida. More importantly, SBJ offers direct help to families in our community through information, referrals, research, education, vocational development and more.
The Jacksonville Grand Prix 6 Hour race to benefit Spina Bifida of Jacksonville takes place April 5th, 2014 at the 103rd Street Sports Complex. Come out and see Trey Shannon and more than 20 other teams fight for top honors at this fun and exciting event. For more information, please visit JaxGrandPrix.org. To help the cause and make a contribution to Trey's entry fee, please visit his GoFundMe.com page at gofundme.com/6dq328. A portion of the proceeds from his entry fee will go directly to the charity.