Fundraiser a Huge Success

After a month of planning, the “Racing to End Alzheimer’s” charity go-kart race took place on Saturday, September 14th at K1 Speed Toronto. It was a great day of racing and fun activities, jam packed with competitors from all over Ontario.

Between the front counter and the track entrance, in the heart of the facility, the R2ENDALZ display was set up. Everyone entering K1 Speed could see something special was happening. The No. 12 PRO / Intrepid / Briggs & Stratton kart raced by Daniel Demaras was on display next to a huge banner of ‘Violet’ the No.23 R2ENDALZ Audi RS3 LMS driven by Vance and Galante in the IMSA series.

Visitors to the kart track stopped by to make their donations to the event, and proudly wore their purple R2ENDALZ wristband, hats and buttons, to show their support. There were even delicious purple frosted cupcakes, courtesy of Nostalgia Coffee Company, which the junior racers ate up in a hurry, while playing a virtual karting game on the big screen TV. While waiting for their turn on track, visitors took part in the fun off-track activities, including a Pit Stop Challenge. Amateur mechanics put their wrenching skills on display at they tried to change two tires on the No. 12 kart quicker than anyone else, with the winner taking home a Google Home Mini courtesy of High Definition Installations.

The main event was the Race to End Alzheimer’s. Divers arrived early and raced hard all day to qualify, by setting one of the the day’s quickest times. At 5:00 pm, qualifying was done and the top drivers were announced; Daniel Chu, Jason Wong, Sebastian Leung, Paulo Fonseca, Logan Goz, Alexander Chong, Dale Goz, Asif Sattaur, Kasper Titus, Junhao Lu and Ryan Dupont. The racers were briefed before their race, and lined up in order of fastest qualifying time.

When the green flag dropped it was a 12 lap dash for glory. Regardless of whether they’re competing for charity or just bragging rights, racers at K1 Speed go all out! Jason took the lead on the first lap from polesitter Daniel, then found himself then locked in a battle with Paolo. Dale and Ryan made contact early on, as Paolo got past Wong with a late braking maneuver into Turn 8. Paulo began to extend his lead as Alexander got past both Jason and Kasper. Paolo Fonseca took the win, with Alexander Chong in second and Jason Wong rounding out the podium. Dale fought hard to finish fourth, Kasper recovered to fifth after a collision. Ryan finished in sixth, while Asif put on a show moving up from last to finish seventh, followed by Daniel, Junhao, Logan and Sebastian.

At the awards presentation, all drivers received a Swag Pack with prizes from Goodwood Kartways, Scarboro Subaru and Carts & Coffee. The Top 3 podium finishers were joined by all the competitors who raced hard to make the R2ENDALZ fundraiser so spectacular. Event organizer Daniel Demaras stood on the top step of the podium, and announced to all gathered that the event had raised $1036.55, far surpassing the day’s fundraising target (and that’s before the online donations had been counted). All racers went home happy, knowing they had raced their hardest, all while helping do something good for charity.


All proceeds from the Racing To End Alzheimer’s event were donated to the Baycrest Foundation in Toronto.

News Article

On Thursday, September 12th, 2019, TORONTO.COM published an article about Daniel Demaras, his fundraising efforts and his racing endeavors.

www.toronto.com/east-york-teen-racing-to-raise-funds-for-alzheimer-s/

Reporter: Joanna Lavoie / Photo: Cody Schindel

A teen from East York is using his passion for go-karting to drive support for the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

This summer, 15-year-old Daniel Demaras, a competitor with the Toronto Racing Association of Karters, started collecting funds for the Racing to End Alzheimer’s Foundation. The non-profit organization works to fund the care and find a cure for the chronic neurodegenerative disease. In its first year, Racing to End Alzheimer’s raised $43,500. In year two, more than $100,000 was collected. This year’s fundraising goal is $150,000.

Daniel, who lives with his family near Victoria Park and St. Clair avenues, is aiming to raise $1,500 — or one per cent of that target — by Friday, Sept. 13 when the karting season ends. All of the money he raises will be donated to Toronto’s Baycrest Foundation.

A Grade 11 student at East York Collegiate, Daniel first heard about the cause about a year ago when he spotted a Racing to End Alzheimer’s logo on the side of professional race car driver James Vance’s Audi RS3 LMS. Daniel read up on the charity — which was founded in 2017 by Phil Frengs after his wife, Mimi, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s — and decided to get involved.

In early August, Daniel organized his first go-kart themed fundraiser at East York’s Nostalgia Coffee Co. That event, which included a racing simulator, some giveaways, and photos with Daniel’s go-kart, raised $645.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, Daniel, who had a great-uncle in Greece with Alzheimer’s, is hosting a second fundraiser for Racing to End Alzheimer’s at North York’s K1 Speed Toronto, an indoor go-karting facility at 75 Carl Hall Rd., Unit 9. During the fundraiser, which starts at noon, anyone four-foot-10 or taller can come out and try to qualify for a 12-lap charity race.

Thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes are available to be won during the fundraiser, which will also include games, contests, and activities for junior racers, as well as a raffle and a bake sale. The cost to participate in the main event is $30. Visit www.demaras.com for more details or to make a donation.

http://www.r2endalz.org/demaras/

A Message from R2ENDALZ

Phil Frengs, founder of Racing to End Alzheimer’s

When I first came up with the idea to remove the corporate logos from our car’s livery and replace them with the names of people who have been afflicted with Alzheimer’s, it certainly wasn’t in the hopes of starting a movement. Back then, it was just a way to wrest a little control over a disease that had personally left my family reeling.

But now, with 3 racing teams actively fundraising along with another half-dozen competitor vehicles supporting our cause by racing with the Racing to End Alzheimer’s branding on their liveries, it is starting to feel very much like a movement.

Our cars have been seen by more than 1 million live spectators and a broadcast and social audience of over 8 million unique viewers. We’ve partnered with a Film Premiere, been written about in national magazines and interviewed on podcasts and radio shows. Most importantly, though, we’ve collectively raised over $200,000 to date, and that is just the beginning.

But with only two races remaining in the 2019 racing season; this Saturday’s race at WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California and the final race of the season on October 11th at the Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway in Atlanta, Georgia, time is running out on your opportunity to place the name of your loved one on our championship race car this year.

Do you want to join our team and become a part of the Racing to End Alzheimer’s movement? If so, I ask that you donate right now at www.r2endalz.org

Thank you.

Phil


TRAK 10 / MRFKC 9

The annual Goodwood Night Race. It’s a favourite at Demaras Racing bcause it’s such a unique event. Race day starts at noon, rather than 7:30 am, which is luxurious by racing standards.

The PRO tent was at capacity as racers from Mosport and Goodwood lined up their karts for the last big event of the year.

In FP1, Daniel ran a 47.519 sec. lap, as the track was green from overnight rains. His times improved to 46.748 sec. in FP2 and down to 46.586 sec in final practice, shaving nearly a second off his times.

In qualifying, Daniel struggled to get a clean lap without traffic. As drivers pushed hard, some spun, bringing out yellow flags. But Demaras set a personal best time of 46.580 sec.

The pre-final was one of those “what could have been” moments for the No.12 kart. Light rain had fallen, making the track slick and treacherous; conditions Daniel thrives in. While he started 17th, Demaras was up to 13th place by the end of the first lap, made up another position on lap two, and was running in 10th at the start of lap three.

The collision on the final lap went unnoticed by officials, but Daniel was furious. Briggs racing is pack racing, and getting pushed wide by someone dive-bombing the apex often results in a train of karts following past. Daniel finished the race a frustrated 17th.

As daylight disappeared, Chris Demaras strapped the LED lights to Daniel’s kart, preparing the No.12 PRO racing machine for battle in the darkness.

Starting from so far down the pack, Daniel felt relived. It couldn’t possibly get any worse. But the racing gods have a sick sense of humour, and despite PRO mechanic Chritopher Proietto’s insistence to Daniel to warm up the tires on the outlap, cold temperatures caught Daniel out. Trying to avoid the customery collission at Turn 4 of the opening lap, Daniel went off track, spun, and found himself last.

But there’s no giving up in this young racer.

Daniel put on a recover drive, catching the pack, making a number of passes, including an epic move going into the slick chicane. He ended the day in 15th position against some of the toughest racers and most difficult conditions of the season.

R2ENDALZ at K1 SPEED

BE A RACER WITH A CAUSE

Join the charity race to end Alzheimer’s at K1 Speed Toronto when we host the Race to End Alzheimer’s Charity Go Kart race on Saturday, September 14 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm!

All funds we raise during the event will be donated to the Baycrest Foundation to aid their tremendous Alzheimer’s research and treatment efforts.  And that’s not all – every dollar raised will be matched by the terrific sponsors who have jumped on board, doubling the total amount! 

The Magic Man

After a summer-long dry spell, Chris Demaras earned back to back podium finishes at CRKC events at Goodwood Kartways. Demaras has attributed his improved results to “…channeling my inner Cal Naughton Jr...”

“I am just a big, hairy, American winning machine. Except, of course, I’m Canadian. Growing this handlebar mustache just showed on the outside what I’ve got going on inside. I even put it on pole today. That’s right ‘Merica. Pole!”

Chris #16 Demaras

PREVIEW: TRAK Race 10 / MOTOMASTER Ron Fellows Karting Championship Round 5

Goodwood Kartways is set to host a spectacular day of racing this Saturday, September 7th, 2019, as the championship finale of the MOTOMASTER Ron Fellows Karting Championship comes to town. Known as one of the more popular events on the schedule, large grids are expected as racing is scheduled to run under the lights and into the early evening!

Introduced back in 2009, the Goodwood Kartways Night Race has always created an electric environment for the whole family to enjoy and this year’s edition promises to build on that reputation. With MRFKC Championships still up for grabs, an action packed day of racing will be followed by a spectacular complimentary fireworks show for everyone in attendance to enjoy.