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SHANNON RECLAIMS INDOOR WORLD RECORD

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In December of 2012, Trey Shannon etched 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 November 10th at 11:56 AM, Trey Shannon crossed the finish line at Victory Lane Karting in Charlotte, NC for the 1459th time, setting a new Guinness World Record of 455.8 miles.

Raising funds and awareness for the national Tourette Syndrome Association, the 24 Hours for TSA World Record Attempt began just before noon on Sunday November 9th. After a few interviews with the local media and a kiss from his wife, Trey set off to lap the 0.312 mile Victory Lane facility for the next 24 hours. Unsure of exactly how long a tank of fuel would last, Shannon started with a conservative 175 lap stint. Realizing he had some fuel in reserve at the end of the first 175 laps, Trey altered his strategy to run stints of an even 200 laps. After each 3 hour stint, Shannon would make a short, 8-10 minute stop to refill his drink bottle, refuel the kart, stretch out a bit, and hop back in for the next 200 laps.

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Luckily for Trey and his team, the 24 hours passed relatively drama free. The kart ran flawlessly, and without any rain or freezing temperatures to worry about, all Trey had to do was be consistent on track and limit his rest time. He did just that, and with just under two hours remaining, Trey crossed the line to complete lap number 1361 to break the 425 mile mark. The record was his with an hour and a half left to extend it as far as he could. After a few more laps to finish out the 200 lap stint, one last 20 minute break, Trey jumped back in and used what little energy he had left to put 85 more laps up on the board, finishing the 24 hours with a final total of 455.8 miles.

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“This is just awesome. I knew this one was going to be tough, but it really took all I had to get that record back. Ryan is a beast,” Trey said referring to Ryan Dyer, the man whose record he had just broken. “He certainly put that finish line way out there, and I really had to work for it. I have to thank all my family and friends here, and everybody who came out to support us throughout the 24 hours, and everybody who followed along at home as well. It was definitely very motivating to see so many familiar faces watching trackside. Huge shout out to my sponsors too. Their support has been phenomenal, and I’m really excited to put their names on a world record. I also really need to thank Endurance Karting for taking care of timing and scoring for us, as well as Fred and everybody at Victory Lane Karting for giving me a shot at going back after this record. They have all been amazing, and I couldn't have done this without their help and support.”

Racing For Tourettes would 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. Every donation, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated.

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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 November 9th, 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 November 9-10 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.”