|The Arc is excited to launch a partnership with Istook’s Motorsports, Volkswagen Group of America and the Pirelli World Challenge Series to bring together the intellectual and developmental disability community and the racing world. The program officially kicks off at the Long Beach Grand Prix outside of Los Angeles. The Arc Audi Racing Program for the Pirelli World Challenge Serieshas invited 20 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their support staff and staff from The Arc of Los Angeles and Orange Counties to be honorary crew members with the Istook’s team on April 15 at the Long Beach race.
Through the end of the summer, other select chapters of The Arc and their guests will have the chance to participate in this unique race day experience and help raise awareness of The Arc and I/DD among racing fans everywhere.
Professional race team owner Don Istook and his wife Laurie share The Arc’s commitment to ensuring that people with I/DD have the opportunity to be fully included, especially when it comes to having employment opportunities. Two of Laurie’s brothers, Mark and Tyson Heitt, were diagnosed with Fragile X, but that has not stopped them from working as an integral part of Don’s race team. Don and Laurie wanted to give other people with I/DD a taste of what it might be like to be part of a fast-paced race crew and came to The Arc with a unique idea to include individuals in the excitement of race day as the team moves from town to town to compete in the Pirelli World Challenge Series.
Follow The Arc Audi Racing Program as we take this exciting ride with Don and his team. The Arc will be posting updates from the races on Facebook, Twitter and our blog in the coming months. And you can see the races live online and on later broadcast by NBC Sports (full broadcast schedule).
Get the full race schedule and find out more (live streaming of each race on www.world-challengeTV.com and on demand).