The first annual Julian Gonsalves Charity Race was put together by Danny Anderson, John James, and Joe Lema to benefit the Southern Oregon Meth Project and the YES Project (Youth Education Success). The Southern Oregon Meth Project combats drug addiction in the surrounding area, and YES is a grant program for teachers to get classroom supplies.
John James discussed the goals of the event, saying, “We’re looking to be able to do something for the community, give them something to see and enjoy.”
James also talked about the choice to support smaller charities over national ones. “These two specifically have a great opportunity to have a great local impact.”
This event featured two days of drag racing at Champion Raceway in the Jackson County All Sports Park. Test & tune was on Friday, Aug. 3rd. Qualifying and elimination rounds were on Saturday, Aug. 4th.
Jeff Schulz won the Super Pro class with a Reaction Time (R/T) of .009 and an Elapsed Time (ET) of 11.116. Dan Holscher won the Pro class with a .198 R/T and an ET of 11.018. Race coordinator, Danny Anderson, won the B-Gas class at a 133.14 MPH with a .070 R/T and a 9.730 ET. Gary Ryan took away the Dragster-Roadster class, reacting in .146 and hitting 153.61 MPH for an 8.715 ET.
More events at Champion Raceway include the Street Legal races on Friday, Aug. 17th, and the Slant 6/Killers & Castrol ET Series bracket racing on Sunday, Aug. 19th. Entry is at 5pm, racing at 6pm. Admission is $7.00, or $25.00 per car load (4 people max).
By Michael Stephens
Of the Independent