While awaiting the return of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at Sebring International Raceway on July 16-18, two-time series champion Nick Galante has found a unique way to pass the time.
Galante and his Pilot Challenge team, BimmerWorld, are joining up with one of their partners, Racing to End Alzheimer’s, for a two-week, cross-country road trip to raise money for research and care for those with the disease. "On the Road Again: The Tour for the Cure" will cover 4,000 miles across the United States.
On Monday, Galante, Racing to End Alzheimer’s Founder Philip Frengs and a cameraman began their journey at Daytona International Speedway and will reach their destination Tuesday, June 23 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Also participating in Monday’s sendoff were IMSA President John Doonan and Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile.
Their vehicle will be an easy one to spot on the roads – a production BMW M4 suited up like its Pilot Challenge GT4 counterpart. Across the purple wrap are the names of nearly 100 individuals impacted by Alzheimer’s, with that number expected to grow as the trip goes on.
The travelers will head north to VIRginia International Raceway and BimmerWorld headquarters before steering west through Nashville and Baton Rouge. The group will make three stops in Texas, the first being at the Nantz National Alzheimer’s Center in Houston, followed by Fort Worth and El Paso. They’ll head to California by way of Phoenix and visit the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program in Los Angeles. It’ll then be due north once again to reach their final destination at WeatherTech Raceway.
Along the way, the trio will be stopping at local BMW dealers as well.
Stay tuned and follow along with their journey on IMSA’s social media as Galante will film video updates throughout the trip.
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