SMR: $1 to SOS for Every Point

March 8, 2012
Tim Paul

Mahopac, NY – SMR has announced that for every point driver Tim Paul scores in 2012, the team will donate $1 to SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest charity dedicated to providing homes to orphaned, abandoned and foster children.

SMR, running with engineering support from GTP Motorsports, is back for its third year in F2000 Championship Series competition, with 27-year-old driver Tim Paul.

Paul picked up speed as 2011 came to an end, scoring his first podium at Lime Rock and ending the year sixth in the standings, with 251 points.

Paul has his eyes on moving up in the standings in 2012; by comparison, 2011 Champion Remy Audette closed the season with 601 points.

“One of the great things about being in racing is working with kids,” said Rick Paul, SMR team owner.

“In conjunction with Tad Uzzle from the RaceHouse,Tim and I were involved for many years in a non-profit that used racing as a means to train and encourage at-risk-youth. Tim loves seeing the young fans at races, and they are always welcome to sit in our cars and dream,” he added.

“SOS is a perfect way for us to extend the idea of encouraging and training kids for successful lives. The work that SOS does both domestically and around the world to keep kids in a family-type atmosphere is commendable. So, it is a small thing for us to donate $1 per point awarded in the 2012 F2000 season,” continued Paul. “Last year we scored 251 points, and we hope to do better this year. I encourage all the other teams to consider helping as well.”

The global charity will sponsor the SOS Children’s Village Pole Award at each race during the season, with a separate Pole Championship for the F2000 and F1600 Series going to the driver in each Championship that accumulates the most poles over the course of the 2012 season.

The drivers of the F1600 Series and the F2000 Series with the most poles will be awarded the Championship at the end of the season during an awards ceremony at Watkins Glen International.

The winning drivers will be featured on the SOS Children’s Villages web site and will have an SOS child in a country of his or her choice sponsored in their names.

Additionally, SOS, along with Formula Race Promotions, will run a season-long fundraising campaign for drivers, crew and fans of the F1600 and F2000. Funds raised will be used support the charity’s operations as well as to sponsor children for the F1600 and F2000 winners.

F1600 followers can donate at http://help.sos-usa.org/f1600, while the F2000 community can go to http://help.sos-usa.org/f2000 .

About SOS Children’s Villages:

For over 60 years, SOS Children's Villages has been dedicated to the long-term care and prevention of orphaned, abandoned and foster children. Through their Children's Villages, Family Strengthening Programs, and other initiatives, SOS impacts the lives of over 1 million people each year. SOS Children's Villages has been recognized through numerous international awards including the Save the World Award, the Mother Teresa Gold Medal, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, and the Vietnam Friendship Medal. For more information about SOS Children's Villages, visit http://www.sos-usa.org.