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TREY SHANNON TO ATTEMPT TO REGAIN 24 HOUR INDOOR GUINNESS CROWN

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On December 15, 2012, Trey Shannon scribbled his name into the record books for the second time, establishing an initial bench mark for the Guinness World Record for distance traveled by a solo karting driver on an indoor circuit in 24 hours with a total distance of 312 miles. In February of this year, Australia’s Cam Wilson raised the bar to 375 miles, and in April Maine’s Ryan Dyer pushed it even further, bringing the record back to the United States with a tally of 424 miles. On September 14, Trey Shannon will be back at it in an attempt the up the ante, and put his name back in the record books.

The attempt is scheduled to take place September 14-15 at Victory Lane Indoor Karting in Charlotte, North Carolina. As has become the norm with Shannon’s endurance record attempts, the primary goal of Racing For Tourettes event is to raise funds and awareness for the national Tourette Syndrome Association. As a member of the karting community who is affected by Tourette Syndrome, Trey has made it his mission to build awareness of TS, and hopes to raise a considerable amount of funds for TS research as well. “It’s such an honor to continue representing the Tourette Syndrome Association and all those living with TS,” Trey said. “The TSA has grown massively since our first record attempt with them three years ago, and I hope that what I’m doing here can help add to that progress.

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“My initial attempt at the indoor record didn’t really go according to plan. Part of it was how unexpectedly cold it got in the building, but part of it was also down to planning and strategy, and that was on me. We established a new world record, but I really felt like I could have done better, and Cam and Ryan have proven that. We’ve got a better strategy laid out going into this one and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do. Ryan did an amazing job to go 424 miles. Breaking that mark is going to be tough, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I also really need to thank Fred and everybody at Victory Lane Karting for giving me a shot at going back after this record. I couldn’t do this without their help and support.”

The team at Victory Lane Karting is looking forward to seeing Trey make this attempt with them, and hope to see him bring a Guinness World Record to their facility. VLK managing partner Fred Ogrim expresses their enthusiasm in hosting this event. “We are excited to host this event and support Trey in his efforts to identify the cause of, find the cure for, and control the effects of Tourette Syndrome.”

Racing For Tourettes would also like to thank all of their sponsors for helping to make events like this possible, with a special thanks to Oktane Visual, Video Traditions, AiM Sports, and Kart Sale for their continued support. To help the cause and make a tax deductible contribution to the Tourette Syndrome Association, please visit Trey’s Active Giving page at active.com/donate/teamtsa/racingfortourettes. For this event, Racing For Tourettes will also be taking “per mile” pledges, details for which are on the donations page as well. Every donation, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated.

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TREY SHANNON TAKES VICTORY AT JACKSONVILLE GRAND PRIX

Like the eleven run before it, the 12th edition of the Jacksonville Grand Prix at 103rd Street Sports Complex in Jacksonville, FL was a six hour endurance race meant to be run by teams of 3 or more drivers. But when the race promoter asked Trey Shannon if he’d like to run it as a solo driver, he couldn’t resist.

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The day began under beautiful sunny skies for the Endurance Karting organized event benefiting Spina Bifida of Jacksonville. Sixteen karts, driven by over 50 drivers, took to the track for their half hour qualifying session. Having never been to the track before, Shannon used the half hour to learn the track and put down a quick time without using up too much energy. After a few laps of feeling things out, Trey got into a draft and put down a time good enough for 7th on the grid.

At the start of the race, his plan was to stay in touch with the leaders for the first stint until the first pit stop. With 15 mandatory driver change stops, including two for fuel, everybody was going to be on different strategies. All teams knew they’d have to wait until the final stint of the race to see how things played out. Each driver change required a 20 second hold in the pit lane, so Shannon was unable to get any kind of advantage from not having to swap drivers.

Shannon’s race was fairly straight forward, clicking off laps, trying not to get too caught up in traffic, and maintaining a sprint-like pace. The real drama came in the final hour of the race. With just under 50 minutes to go to the checker, the skies opened up and rain poured down. With standing water beginning to form, and the karts’ air filters getting flooded, race control decided to temporarily red flag the race with just over 41 minutes to go.

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While everybody waited for the rain to subside, each team took to the scoring monitors to figure out where they stood and determine their strategy for the final 40 minutes. Shannon sat 2nd with one stop left, while the leaders were a lap ahead, with three stops still to go. Trey knew that all he had to do was keep the kart pointed straight for the final 40 minutes and the win would be his. With the karts being on slick tires though, even in the rain, that task was easier said than done.

Once the rain slowed, the race got back underway. Shannon made his final pit stop immediately in an effort to lose as little time as possible. The track slowly started to dry, and by the final 10 minutes, all karts were back on the racing line and back to full speed. The leader appeared to have about a half a lap lead coming to the checker at the end of the six hours, with Shannon still in 2nd. The “winning” team, however, had failed to make their final mandatory pit stop, handing Trey the win.

Trey was ecstatic after the race, finding it hard to believe he had clinched the win after driving the entire six hours solo. “I can’t believe we did this,” Trey said after the race. “I have to thank my wife Amber for doing such an awesome job with the strategy. She kept us in the hunt the whole race and did a great job over the radio keeping me focused and relaxed. I also have to thank my sponsors Oktane Visual, AiM Sports, and Kart Sale. It seems like no matter what I do they’re on board, and I really appreciate their continued support. Last but not least, I need to thank Rick Mansfield, Chris McCoy, and Endurance Karting for putting on this awesome event. It’s always a pleasure to race with them, and I’m so happy to have been a part of this event to raise money for Spina Bifida.”

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WORLD RECORD KARTER TREY SHANNON ENTERS JACKSONVILLE GRAND PRIX AS SOLO DRIVER

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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.”

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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.