Chili Pepper Racing Battles Back from Stop and Go Penalty to Finish 14th.
Due to poor weather conditions and cancellation of qualification, Chili Pepper Racing was forced to start round 1 at Sebring in the 24th position. The Osborn brothers were confident with their set-up and preparation of the No. 24 T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital/Remote Area Medical BMW 325ci. While on the starting grid, Chili Pepper race car rolled out off the starting box resulting in a ‘stop and go’ penalty forcing the car to battle through the back of the pack.
With determination Osborn pushed his way back through the field into 14th position. “If we had two more laps, I feel confident we could have finished in a top ten position,” says Osborn. “The crew did a great job preparing the car, it was unfortunate that our progress was halted by the stop and go penalty. The competition in the touring car series is going to be really tuff this year with the new Mazda’s and Acura’s, but we are looking forward to giving them a run for their money.”
*Remote Area Medical is a non-profit, volunteer, airborne relief corps dedicated to serving mankind by providing free health care, eye care, veterinary services and educational assistance to people in remote areas of the United States and the World. The need to get medical care to people in inaccessible regions was one which founder Stan Brock knew all too well while living 15 years with the Wapishana Indians in the Amazon rain forest. His deep desire to find a way to take health care to people who had none was the seed of R.A.M. Since 1985, R.A.M. and 21,688 volunteers have provided free health care to 245,255 patients, 59,859 animals. In those 20 years, they have provided over $20 million in health care.
*T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital is part of the Erlanger Health system and is a level-one trauma center. Located in the Tennessee Valley of Chattanooga, TN. T.C. Thompson does not only serve the Tennessee area but also those living in North Alabama, East Tennessee, North Georgia and Western North Carolina. The hospital serves as a teaching facility for the University of Tennessee School of Medicine.