WhenLucas Oil Offroad Racing Seriescomes to Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino it always becomes the busiest race weekend of the year. It is the one time during the racing season that I hold a public fundraiser in the form of an auction/raffle. Trying to maintain my chaplain duties, pouring out to the off road community, while at the same time raise funds becomes emotionally conflicting.
Its equally overwhelming having the best product developers in the industry donate their products to the cause. Every year the Dirt-Sport-Ministry raffle gives away thousands in wheels, tires, memorabilia, RC cars, helmets and other goodies that either make you go fast or look good trying. “Thank-you” does not do justice to reflect the gratitude I have for these companies, the donors, and especially the man who has orchestrated this fundraiser since its onset 9-years ago, Off-Road Hall Of Fame recipient Curt LeDuc. A man that I am proud to call “friend.”
We knew from the onset that selling tickets to a night race crowd was going to present its challenges. Quick witted, Steve Scaroni devised a plan to include the desert racing community by creating a match fund where every $1 donated another $1 would match it. Scaroni then went out and raised the funds to pull from. This match fund ended up being the saving grace to this year’s fundraiser, so big thanks to the Scaroni’s and all who contributed to the match fund. Thank-you!
The good thing about night races is I can push the Chapel Service time back to late morning which allows people to sleep in and still get to service. With well over 60 people at service, the Rockstar VIP tent was standing room only. At the end of service, I felt the need to lead an alter call which saw 8-young adults come forward to except Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Pretty amazing!
Chapel service attendees also contained the film crew of Victory Road with Lee Benton. This TV crew followed me around for the remainder of the day filming for an upcoming episode of their program.
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About Steve Hanson
Steve Hanson became a volunteer chaplain with Racers For Christ in 2004 which developed into a full-time position as the South-West Regional Director in 2009 then as the Director of Dirt Sport Ministry in 2012. Steve started Racers For Christ’s Dirt Sport Ministry covering professional off-road competitions in rocksports in 2005, desert racing in 2007, and short-course off-road in 2008.
About Racers For Christ
Racers For Christ® was established in 1971, in Southern California, as a fellowship for Christians involved with motor racing. Team RFC® was approved as a nonprofit in 1974 and then incorporated in 1978. Team RFC® has experienced tremendous growth in both the size and scope of the ministry since that time. God has blessed the ministry over the years, today the headquarters for Team RFC® is located in Tempe, Arizona. We minister on the local, regional, national, and international levels throughout the entire world of motorsports – sharing the love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”