High Performance Kart Racing Hits the Streets of Downtown BostonIn Fundraiser for Boston Police Athletic League – Team Sponsorships Available 1st Annual Boston PAL Grand Prix at City Hall Plaza Set for October 17th Fasten your seat belts Boston: high performance kart racing will be roaring through the streets of Government Center at the 1st Annual Boston PAL Grand Prix from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on October 17th. Presented by the City of Boston, the Boston Police Athletic League and F1 Boston, the Boston PAL Grand Prix pits 20 teams of 6 drivers racing up and down Cambridge Street in a 4-hour endurance race – all to raise money for PAL’s programs. Team sponsorship ($10,000), individual driver entries ($1,750) and corporate sponsorship packages are still available – registration forms are available at www.bostonPAL.org, or call them at 617.635.5093. “In the city of Boston, nothing is more important than our children. The Boston Police Athletic League is one of the city’s most valuable resources when it comes to positive programs for kids,” states City of Boston Mayor, Thomas M. Menino. “This year, we are giving Boston companies, institutions and organizations a new way to support PAL – through European-style kart racing at the Boston PAL Grand Prix. A special thanks to RJ Valentine and all our friends at F1 Boston for organizing such an incredible event. I personally invite Boston-area companies to form teams and take to the streets of Boston to support PAL – all while having the time of your life!” While the event is entirely for the benefit of the kids, the racing vehicles are nothing like kiddies’ go-karts. Each one is a race-tuned 9 horse power RIMO high performance kart, capable of hitting 45 mph. Teams receive everything needed for the race, including: A race kart, tires and fuel All necessary safety gear (suits, helmets, neck protectors) Mechanical assistance on race day Pre-race practice sessions at F1 Outdoors Race signage with sponsor names Commemorative sports wear & team photos Inclusion in race-related signage, advertising & publicity The Rodman Ride for Kids is also pitching in – matching each sponsorship donation with its own contribution of 15%. That means 115% of all proceeds go directly to help the children in PAL programs. “The Boston Police Athletic League is excited to offer the Boston business community the opportunity to play a part in this first-of-its-kind event: Grand Prix racing on the streets of Boston. Kart racing is one of the most popular motorsports in the world – and it’s the only one in which almost anyone can participate,” states Boston Police Athletic League Chairman Neal Rossi. “The Boston PAL Grand Prix is a perfect match for the City of Boston – it’s a terrific event full of heart-pumping competition and adrenaline-charged challenges. It’s also a powerful way for businesses and organizations to build teamwork, energize employees and cement relations, all while supporting a great cause.” About Boston Police Athletic League The Boston Police Athletic League, Inc. is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to the positive development of the youth of Boston. Through PAL, Boston police officers and young people participate in athletic, social, and educational activities to learn more about each other and their communities. PAL's youth programs help young people develop self-esteem, leadership skills, and a sense of belonging, as well as improve school performance, resolve conflicts, and occupy their out-of-school time productively. For more information, visit www.BostonPAL.org. About F1 Boston Located in Braintree, MA, F1 Boston is New England’s premier high performance kart racing venue for corporate events and social functions, with a 106,000 square foot facility, featuring two indoor European-style kart tracks. All events are race-ready; with racing suits, helmets and karts provided. F1 Boston provides a wide array of race-themed programming for events including: off-site meetings, dinners, sales/staff meetings, trade shows, incentive events, social events, rewards programs, team building, recruiting, training sessions, fundraisers and holiday events. For more information, visit www.F1Boston.com.