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Kingdom Racing Announces Full Season IndyCar Participation for 2014

Screen shot 2013-01-08 at 4.30.55 PMKingdom Racing will compete in the full 2014 INDYCAR Series season, partnering with Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports and the No. 77 Honda/Dallara piloted by driver Simon Pagenaud. This will mark Kingdom Racing’s third full season of INDYCAR competition and seventh appearance at the Indianapolis 500.

“We are ready for the 2014 race season to get started, and I am happy to be back with Sam, Ric and Simon. Our last two seasons with Simon behind the wheel were very successful, as he placed third in 2013 and fifth in 2012 in the championships. We are excited to announce our new partners for the team, and we continue to work very hard on learning more about the DW12 to achieve a championship in 2014,” said Davey Hamilton, Kingdom Racing’s Co-owner.

This season, Kingdom Racing plans to host multiple ministry events, festivals and appearances throughout the United States. Kingdom Racing will continue to reach thousands of people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Trackside Fan Festivals, Infield Ambassadors, Miles of Smiles ministries, and other events in partnership with churches and ministries.

“It is incredible that 2014 will mark Kingdom Racing’s seventh year with Davey Hamilton and our third full season of competition in the INDYCAR Series. There are many miles to run as we are aiming for a championship in 2014, for God’s glory!” said George Del Canto, Kingdom Racing’s Founder.

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About Davey Hamilton:
Davey’s racing career almost ended on June 9, 2001 following a devastating crash at the Texas Motor Speedway. After 23 operations and two years of rehabilitation, Davey returned to INDYCAR racing at the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 in May 2007, finishing ninth. Davey’s strong faith and determination to once again race in the 500 were instrumental in securing a partnership with Kingdom Racing which endures to this day. Through Davey’s efforts, major companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Valspar, and Charter Communications have received successful results sponsoring his INDYCAR teams.

About Kingdom Racing:
Kingdom Racing’s mission is to Deliver God’s Word Through Motorsports. In 2008, Kingdom Racing made history as the first faith-vision team to ever compete in the Indianapolis 500. To date, they have six years of proven race performance in the INDYCAR Series with drivers including Davey Hamilton, Simon Pagenaud, and Martin Plowman. Their unique approach combines racing and ministry outreach with the goal of reaching one million men for Jesus Christ. For more information, visit www.KingdomRacing.net or join their fan communities at ‘KingdomRacing’ on Facebook and Twitter.

Diane Morrow

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Diane Morrow

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A Love That Sustains, A Legacy That Endures

A Family’s Loss “Loves On” Through Kingdom Racing’s Miles of Smiles.

 

KRWhile spreading a message of love might not be the first thing most Indycar fans think of whenever racing is mentioned, it is the foremost inspiration behind Kingdom Racing’s Miles of Smiles. Armed with information gleaned from local churches, the program gives families and individuals a VIP day at the races, offering them a behind-the-scenes experience with Indycar racing that is guaranteed to bring joy and delight, while sharing Christ’s message of love and supplying a lifetime of good memories to even the most casual racing fan.

Designed to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus in an arena packed with superstar athletes and thousands of screaming fans, the Miles of Smiles ministry is the brainchild of Tim Carrie, an Indianapolis resident and life-long racing enthusiast who now serves as the ministry’s director. Had it not been for an unexpected phone call and a very special love story, however, the idea behind the program might never have been sparked.

On the day the phone call came, Tim was thrilled to hear the voice of his old high school classmate, Jeff Zwart, on the other end of the line. It had been years since the two men had talked last. After college, Jeff had gone on to medical school and become a doctor and the natural busyness of their individual lives had caused the two friends to drift apart over time. But now on the phone, they wasted no time in catching up. During the course of their conversation, Jeff confessed he had been battling leukemia and was now in remission for a second time. It was, in fact, the sufficiency of God’s grace in his own life, he said, that had prompted him to reach out to old friends to see how the others were faring in their personal walks with the Lord.
KRAlong with a passion for Jesus, the other common bond between the two men was their love for racing. Like Tim, Jeff was a diehard racing enthusiast and quickly admitted that he longed to take his wife, Adrienne, and their three children to Indianapolis to the racetrack he’d loved visiting in his youth. So it just seemed natural that before the call ended, Tim would promise Jeff a special day at the track. They scheduled it for the following May.

Prior to that call, Tim had been praying for months for a way to combine his love for God with his love for motorsports. In his heart he knew instantly that Jeff’s call would play a part in that prayer’s answer. As that first spark of knowing and inspiration ignited, the plan began to form in his mind.

“I felt the Lord calling me to bring people to the race track and impact them for Christ, but at the time I didn’t have any means or connection to make that happen,” said Tim. While it was Jeff’s phone call that pushed Tim to set the plan in motion, Tim soon realized he was still wholly dependent on God’s guidance if the plan was ever to be realized.  But now, thanks to Jeff’s call, he at least had a plan and a mission. And he had enough faith to know God would carry him the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, sufficient grace was carrying the Zwart family again through yet another relapse and then through the realization that Jeff wasn’t going to be able to beat it. Through those final days of Jeff’s life, grace strengthened his and Adrienne’s marriage. Together, the couple prayed their way through each obstacle and held steadfast to Christ’s presence in every moment. That December, Jeff went home to be with the Christ he cherished so.
“Jeff cared deeply about the spiritual needs of his family, friends, patients, and colleagues,” his wife later said. “He shared his faith openly and frequently. And when someone would say that his attitude was remarkable given the circumstances, he would explain about faith in God and grace. What a legacy he left for our children!”

And because of that unexpected phone call and the story of how Christ’s love had impacted Jeff’s life so completely, Tim felt he’d been left a legacy, too.  “When Jeff passed,” he said, “I knew I had to do something to reach people for Christ. Jeff would have wanted that.”

Allowing his faith to lead him, Tim eventually came across Kingdom Racing, a ministry combining racing and sharing the love of Christ. He knew immediately what he had to do. Finalizing his plans and approaching Kingdom Racing founder George Del Canto, Tim joined the Kingdom Racing team the following year, founding the Miles of Smiles ministry. Since then, Miles of Smiles has ministered to and hosted over 50 individuals and families at race tracks nationwide, offering them hope and comfort. And as promised, Tim brought Adrienne and her three children to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as one of the first Miles of Smiles guests.

“I love the way Kingdom Racing took a venue that they already loved and decided to be a light for Christ right there,” Adrienne said following their visit to the speedway. “Our Miles of Smiles experience was one that my kids will always remember. They still talk about seeing the car in the garage and eating cheese curls up in the suite. And of course, it does my heart good to know that my husband had a part in inspiring this outreach.”

It was God’s love and sufficient grace that carried Jeff and Adrienne through a devastating experience. And it was an unexpected phone call to an old friend that sparked an idea that would enable that message of love and grace to be shared and experienced again and again.

To learn more about Kingdom Racing, visit www.kingdomracing.net

Tim Carrie is available for interviews. Contact Diane Morrow dmorrow@tbbmedia.com

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Screen shot 2013-01-08 at 4.30.55 PMKingdom Racing is a ministry within a racing team that has competed at the highest level of motorsports since 2008 and reached thousands of people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. View Kingdom Racing’s video above to learn more and become involved in their mission.

www.KingdomRacing.net

Join their fan communities at KingdomRacing on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Diane Morrow

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Diane Morrow

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dmorrow@tbbmedia.com

Kingdom Racing Houston Homecoming

Screen shot 2013-01-08 at 4.30.55 PMAfter a five year hiatus, the return of the Grand Prix of Houston was truly an answered prayer for Kingdom Racing. Houston is home turf for Kingdom Racing, and since the race was placed on the schedule last year, the entire team has been in preparation for the event.

Houston did not disappoint. Planning and candidate identification for the Miles of Smiles ministry started early this year. In the meantime, a young mother heard about the ministry on KSBJ radio in Houston during team member Alan Litvak’s interview and was interested in purchasing VIP ticket packages for a discount or installment basis. She had hopes of bringing her special needs family to the track to see God in action.

It would have been easy to simply say that there weren’t any discounts or suggest she just buy tickets to the race, but there was no mistake in her timely message. It was the right family at the right time.

The family, with two children of their own and four adopted orphans from Africa, varies in ages from 8 to 22. It quickly became apparent that they were the perfect fit to be our Miles of Smiles guests at Houston. Though the father was unable to attend, the mother joined the team on Friday along with three of the adopted children. They were a great match since she wanted to show her children a practical application of Christianity.

Kingdom Racing KidsThe day flew by, and the kids had an incredible time at the track. They met Simon Pagenaud, Tristan Vautier, Sam Schmidt, and the entire Kingdom Racing team. They received custom gift bags and departed with huge smiles on their faces.  Just like all Miles of Smiles families, a new relationship had begun. In fact, team members are already hard at work on laying the foundation for a partnership with them and their church.

Earlier in the week, Davey Hamilton and George del Canto were honored speakers at the Houston Gathering of Men luncheon at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church. As a result, new potential partners joined Kingdom Racing. The Lord is blessing the mission in unimaginable ways.

Another young lady was hosted as part of the Miles of Smiles program on Sunday. After suffering a traumatic injury just three years ago, she has since developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a debilitating disease which effectively causes the entire body to be in constant agony. As born-again Christian, she gave a wonderful testimony of how her faith helps her not only get through each challenging day but enables her to help others through her personal awareness blog.

With every VIP guest hosted through Miles of Smiles, Kingdom Racing grows in size, in reach, in awareness, in faith, and most importantly, in glory to God. He has provided Kingdom Racing with a wonderful platform to praise His Holy Name.

Kingdom Racing Houston HomecomingThe final track event of the 2013 season is Saturday night, October 19 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. After finishing 4th and 6th in the doubleheader races in Houston, Simon Pagenaud remains 3rd in the season championship standings with the possibility of climbing into second place. Tune in Saturday night at 8:00pm ET on NBC Sports to catch all the action. As always, Kingdom Racing will be hosting more Miles of Smiles guests and proclaiming the name of Christ.

For more information, visit www.KingdomRacing.net or join their fan communities at KingdomRacing on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Diane Morrow

MEDIA CONTACT:

Diane Morrow

1-800-927-1517
dmorrow@tbbmedia.com

Grand Prix of Houston REWIND!

Screen shot 2013-01-08 at 4.30.55 PMOctober brings a special opportunity to go behind the scenes with Kingdom Racing while taking in the excitement of the Grand Prix of Houston as it returns to the Reliant Center.

As its founder and co-owner, Houston businessman George Del Canto shares his passion for its ministry and the life-changing ways it touches hearts for God. “Our mission, to ‘Deliver God’s Word through Motorsports,’ means we’re all about winning hearts and lives for Christ.”

Kingdom Racing focuses on two dynamic outreach ministries at the race track. Miles of Smiles reaches out to individuals experiencing difficulties or loss as identified through local organizations and churches. “We treat them like rock stars,” Del Canto nods, “giving them deeply personal VIP access to the racing team for the entire day, ministering to them, loving them. To reach the entire racing community, our track-side Fan Festivals feature show cars, autograph sessions, top Christian entertainment and more—offering experiences and resources that touch people in a comfortable way, giving them an opportunity to think about God.”

Visit www.KingdomRacing.net for more info or join their fan communities at KingdomRacing on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Diane Morrow

MEDIA CONTACT:

Diane Morrow

1-800-927-1517
dmorrow@tbbmedia.com

Laura’s Story

 

“What exactly does Kingdom Racing do…?”

Kingdom Racing

Today is also includes a woman, and her name is Laura.

We get that question often. We have our motto, “Deliver God’s Word Through Motorsports,” and we often explain simply that we are a Christian IndyCar team, serving God in the INDYCAR Series. But what does that really mean?

Indianapolis_288The truth of the matter is that Kingdom Racing is making a real difference in people’s spiritual lives, whether it’s at the track or away, in person or online. We touch people’s lives in a way that is both incredibly humbling and deliberately noble.

The Miles of Smiles Ministry is a huge part of this, and we kicked it into high gear at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May.

Sometimes, it is not until much later that we are able to gauge the true impact we have on people. Most of the time, we never really can. Truly, only God knows until that wonderful day we join him in Glory. But every once in a while, we get a note or call back from our guests or fans regarding the impact Kingdom Racing has had on them. Each one emboldens us to press on with His work.

 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Galatians 6:9

Once such example is a recent note we received from one of the hosts of our first Miles of Smiles family at Indianapolis, Laura and her daughter, Josie.

During Laura and Josie’s VIP day at IMS, several of us sat down with them at various parts of the day, listening to her background and explaining the Kingdom Racing story, our involvement and roles, and most importantly, the assorted stories of our surrender to Christ. Using the incredible framework of the Way of The Master evangelism training, we were truly able to reach Laura right there in the presence of her daughter, explaining what it meant to have a healthy relationship with Christ and why we even need one in the first place, that we are all guilty of violating God’s Holy Law and shall stand one day in judgment for our sins, and that without Christ, eternal peril awaits. There was one specific point where you could tell Laura was convicted, that she knew her relationship with the Lord was not right. She believed and prayed occasionally, but her Bible was nothing more than a dust-gathering decoration on her nightstand. Her Bible was right there, but she never read it. We gave Laura and her daughter each a personalized daily devotional an explained the importance of spending time each day diving in and reading God’s Word.

As noted, the host who nominated Laura contacted us to follow up on what had been happening in Laura’s life. Not only did she begin reading her devotional, but she dusted off her Bible and began reading it daily. Laura has begun praying every day and confessed that the Lord was speaking back to her in amazing ways. She has also developed a renewed interest in attending church.

So much has her daily walk with the Lord matured, Laura has even reopened communication with Josie’s father and telling him about the impact it has made on her life and outlook. She is passing Him on.

When we first met Laura, she was broken but recovering, trying as hard as she could to keep herself and family above water and just thankful for a day out at the race track to relax and have a little time off. All of her closest relatives had passed way, many of them, including her mother, just within the last few years. The cumulative of those losses had impacted her deeply and left her grasping for something to regain her balance and lift her up. What she wasn’t aware of was that the answer was right there all along, sitting under a thin sheen of dust on her nightstand. All she needed to do was pick it up and start communicating with her Lord.

It sounds like she’s well on her way. All we know is that it very truly is in God’s hands now, and there is no better place to be!

We pray continually for all of our hosts, guests, and fans daily and ask that you please join us in praying for Laura and her family, that her walk shall continue to blossom and Christ’s love shall flow through her and onward to those closest to her.

Visit www.KingdomRacing.net for more info or join their fan communities at KingdomRacing on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Diane Morrow

MEDIA CONTACT:

Diane Morrow

1-800-927-1517
dmorrow@tbbmedia.com

 

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