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May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Young sports car professional race car driver,
Dion von Moltke, welcomed a number of important visitors to Homestead Miami Speedway and the APR Motorsports tent on a very wet, wild and windy Sunday. He was especially pleased to meet a group of special people from the Best Buddies Miami organization who arrived just as the beautiful number 51 APR Audi R8 was being wheeled out to the starting grid of the Miami Grand Prix.
"I was pleased to be able to spend some time before the race with these very special people and the volunteers, who give so much of their time to the friendships and leadership development for their buddies, those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). A very special thank you goes to
Bethany Luna of Homestead Miami Speedway – she went out of her way in arranging for the Best Buddies visit and has proven to be one of the best people to work with in the racing business." said Dion, following the rain soaked race.
Von Moltke started the race in 12th place in the GT class of the total field of 28 Grand-AM Rolex sports cars. Following the start in the pouring rain, Dion drove the Audi all the way up to 7th position before handing over to his co-driver, Dr.
Jim Norman, after approximately 45 minutes that saw multiple cars sliding off and into the thick mud on various corners around the track. The rain unfortunately then got the better of the R8, causing a number of mechanical problems that slowed its performance, eventually leading to a 17th place finish.
"I was also happy to have several students from my college,
Florida International University (FIU) join us today. Thanks here again to Bethany for her support as well as to APR for providing lunch to the Best Buddies and FIU visitors. We also had guests from our sponsors South African Airways and PR Newswire here today. It was a tough day to be at the track as a spectator but hopefully everyone had a really good time. I hope to see our relationship with Best Buddies grow over time – theirs is a very worthy cause and we will do what we can to help," added Dion, after he had time to reflect on the events of the day.
The next race on
von Moltke's schedule is at New Jersey Motorsports Park on May 12th.
About Best Buddies International: Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to
establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies' seven formal programs –
Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs and
Ambassadors – engage participants in each of the 50 states and in 50 countries, positively impacting the lives of nearly 700,000 people with and without disabilities around the world. As a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit
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