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A 10-Year-Old Cancer Survivor is an Unlikely Victor at Pikes Peak Car Race

Lucy, an Ewings Sarcoma survivor teams up with “Lucy,” the Porsche, in a winning partnership between a nonprofit and the racing community at prestigious race.

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA, July 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Sunday, the eyes of the automotive racing community were on Pikes Peak for the 99th running of the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. The uphill race, known as “The Race to the Clouds” is regarded as one of the most famous and arduous racing events in the world.One of the most buzzed-about cars leading into the event was BBi Autosport’s Porsche GT3 Turbo Cup, nicknamed Lucy. Having set a new course record in 2019, the expectations for “Lucy” were sky-high.

When BBi heard about 10-year-old Lucy Spada of Brookfield, and her battle with Ewing Sarcoma, they wanted to get involved with the cause. They dedicated their “Lucy” and two other Porsches to bring attention to an organization that’s in hot pursuit of better treatment options, the Little Warrior Foundation. The team placed the Little Warrior Foundation in prominent spots on the car spoiler and used their spotlight to raise awareness.

“We need to accelerate medical breakthroughs for these kids. There’s hope on the horizon, but these kids can’t wait,” said Emily McFadden, one of the co-founders of Little Warrior Foundation. “When you need things to go faster, BBi Autosport is a perfect partner.”

Lucy attended the race, along with her siblings and the foundation’s co-founders — her parents and godmother. In the days leading up to the event, Lucy served as much needed inspiration and perspective for the BBi Team.

“It was a tough week leading up to the race. We had a lot of mechanical issues, weather issues and obstacles in our path,” said Dmitiry Orlov BBi’s COO. “But that’s nothing compared to what these families go through. Lucy gave us great perspective and motivated us to keep pushing on.”

Despite snowy conditions and a shortened course, Lucy the Porsche took first place in the Open Division. BBi’s GT4 Club Sport, piloted by Tanner Foust also won in its division. BBi’s third Porshce, a GT2 RS, took third place in the highly competitive Time Attack Division.

When the driver Raphael Astier of France descended the mountain, he was greeted by a triumphant team and huge hug from Lucy. As a trophy of her own, the BBi Team gave Lucy an autographed endplate form the wing to take home.

“It’s so cool that they won this race and then turned to clap for me!” said Lucy.

Lucy, listed on the foundation’s website as their “Chief Inspiring Warrior,” is now 9 months off-treatment. Her cancer is in remission. She’ll be starting fifth grade this fall.

ABOUT THE LITTLE WARRIOR FOUNDATION: The Little Warrior Foundation was founded in April 2020 following 9 yr old Lucy’s diagnosis of Ewing Sarcoma. After a year in treatment, 14 cycles of chemotherapy and 48 rounds of radiation, Lucy is a thriving 5th grader in remission. The Little Warrior Foundation has a mission to fund and find a lasting cure for pediatric cancer, with a specific focus on Ewing Sarcoma. They are focused on less-toxic therapies, such as immunotherapy, mRNA vaccines, and molecular targeting. To date, they have raised and granted over $ 500,000. www.littlewarrior.org

ABOUT BBi AUTOSPORT: BBi Autosport, founded in 2005, specializes in Porsche service and race engineering, blending motorsport and street performance throughout the BBi product line and comprehensive workshop services. Located in Huntington Beach, Calif., BBi is the premier Porsche service facility in Southern California. BBi develops a comprehensive line of performance aftermarket and safety upgrades for all Porsche platforms and offers bespoke street and race engineering services. Through industry partnerships and new technology, BBi pushes the envelope in engineering and performance.

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10-year-old Round Rock girl to compete in Drive, Chip & Putt finals at Augusta National Sunday

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) – Before Round Rock’s Ava Frazier takes a swing, she steps back and takes a few deep breaths.

Like any serious golfer, it’s all about the process. The process will lead to results as Frazier’s dad always tells her.

“Me and my dad believe that the better your process, setup and swing is…the better that you’ll hit it,” Frazier said Wednesday.

For this 10-year-old, already with dreams of playing golf professionally, the process led her all the way to Augusta National Golf Club for the 2021 Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals.

The Drive, Chip & Putt competition is a fairly new endeavor for youth golf, but it’s already a prestigious opportunity. Created in partnership with the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and the PGA of America, golfers from seven to 15-years-old compete in four age groups in the three facets of the game for the right to call themselves No. 1 for the year.

Think of it like golf’s version of the punt, pass and kick competition put on by the US National Football League.

The event started in 2014 and ramped up interest quickly with thousands of kids competing across the world. This year’s event had qualifiers from 30 US states, two Canadian provinces and France.

Reaching the national finals, earns you and your family a trip to Augusta National Golf Club’s hallowed grounds to compete against the best just seven days before the Masters Tournament awards its Green Jacket.

Just getting to the finals to see the green of Augusta is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Though, it’s felt like a lifetime since Frazier qualified for her trip to Georgia.

Frazier’s journey to the national finals

Frazier started her path to the finals nearly 22 months ago, advancing through a local qualifier at Whistling Straits in June 2019 and a sub-regional qualifier at Wisconsin’s Sentry World in August 2019.

In September 2019, Frazier went to Minneapolis’ Interlachen Country Club for the regional qualifier.

Frazier started the overall competition against hundreds of seven to 9-year-old girls. At the regional qualifier, she finished No. 1, becoming just one of 10 girls in her age group set to compete in Augusta on Sunday.

“I had no idea that I was going to win. I was really surprised because there were lots of other people that were just as good as me or better than me,” Frazier said.

Then, the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the event set for April 2020.

As the entire sports world shut down due to the pandemic, Frazier wondered if she’d lost her chance to play at Augusta.

The 2020 Masters tournament was delayed until November. The organizers for Drive, Chip & Putt didn’t overthink the situation, opting not to hold 2020 competitions and invite the 2019 finalists for the 2021 event.

“I was really disappointed [at first]. I thought they were just going to cancel the whole thing, but no. I’m glad they didn’t,” Frazier said. “It took me several months to get here. It’s been hard, but it’s been fun.”

Frazier says putting is her favorite part of golf, but, based on the videos in this story, she can do it all on the course.

Nervousness will be a natural feeling Sunday when Frazier prepares to compete against the best of her age group. She says, as long as she follows the process, she’ll be happy with doing her best.

How to watch

The 2021 Drive, Chip & Putt will be aired live from Augusta National Golf Club on Golf Channel Sunday at 7 a.m.

You can find more information on the 2022 event on the Drive, Chip & Putt website.[3]

Texans competing in the Drive, Chip & Putt

There are eight Texans representing the state in this year’s Drive, Chip & Putt national finals.

Name Hometown Age Group
Ava Frazier Round Rock 7-9
Henry Guan Irving 10-11
Avery Zweig McKinney 12-13
Duff Mckay Dallas 12-13
Finn Burkholder The Woodlands 12-13
Maye Huang Katy 12-13
Jaivir Pande Houston 14-15
Samantha Straight Lewisville 14-15

Andrew Schnitker