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June 07, 2012
PROgression: Grist Heads to Canadian Grand Prix to Support Sick Kids Foundation

Garett Grist will again this year support Sick Kids Foundation with his special helmet inspired by patients at Sick Kids Hospital (Photo: Art Rontondo)
Garett Grist will again this year support Sick Kids Foundation with his special helmet inspired by patients at Sick Kids Hospital
(Photo: Art Rontondo)

GRIMSBY, ONT. (June 6, 2012) - Garett Grist, a member of the Sofina Foods Drivers' Development, will head into this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix with a purpose beyond just competing as he looks to raise awareness for a great cause and support the Sick Kids Foundation.

Last year the 17 year-old racer began this important program with the support of many great companies. This year Grist will work with Scuderia Ferrari F1 of Italy to build on last year's incredible success with 2012 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa scheduled to sign the Children's Charity helmet this weekend. Competing with the US-based Bryan Herta Autosport with CURB/Agajaian, Grist made the jump to the US pro F1600 Formula F Championship Series for 2012 with an eye to returning to this weekend's event. Grist will be one of a select few drivers running the new Honda FIT Formula F package, which was just recently approved for use in Canada.

The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) in Toronto is recognized as one of the world's foremost paediatric health-care institutions and is Canada's leading centre dedicated to advancing children's health through the integration of patient care, research and education. Founded in 1875 and affiliated with the University of Toronto, Sick Kids is one of Canada's most research-intensive hospitals and has generated discoveries that have helped children globally. Established in 1972, Sick Kids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children. The Foundation's fundraising is driven by the belief that improving the health and well-being of children is one of the most powerful ways to improve society. This year's Children's Charity Helmet will be auctioned at the Rally for Kids Cancer taking place in Toronto, Ontario on September 21-22.

"The level of interest in our Children's Charity Helmet in support of Sick Kids was amazing last year," commented Grist. "The designs done by the kids were great and the final product was incredible. This year the helmet is again very unique and unlike anything you see on a race helmet. Having the Ferrari F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa sign the helmet will be incredible."

Getting behind the program in a big way is DaVinci Foods of Montreal, Que., one of Canada's leading food service companies. Established in 1970, DaVinci Foods is one of the largest pizza processing companies in Canada, manufacturing its' premium quality pizza products in a state of the art facility. Bell Racing Helmets of Champaign, Ill., the world leader in race helmet technology, donated the Bell Star GP. The advanced Star GP continues the Bell tradition of developing next-generation aerodynamic helmets that deliver stability at high-speeds in a compact, ultra-lightweight design. Renowned Montreal painter Art Rotondo completed the paintwork. As one of North America's premier painters and designers, artrotondo.com is the only North American helmet design firm to support drivers in both F1 and IndyCar. Decals for the special weekend were supplied by the Decal Zone of Stouffville, Ont.

"I am very excited to be back in Canada racing especially at the Canadian Grand Prix," stated the second year Formula F driver. "Our BHA-prepared Mygale chassis is fantastic and I am really excited about putting the Honda engine at the front of the field. I have a great teammate in Brandon [Newey] who will be really quick. The guys at the shop have been working hard with all of our partners to bring a really strong program to the Canadian market."

This weekend marks the second event on the Formula Tour 1600 2012 calendar and will be the one of the largest Formula F events this year. Also this will be the first time a US-based team will make the trip to Montreal for this unique event. Bryan Herta Autosport with CURB/Agajaian of Indianapolis, Indiana will bring their factory-backed Mygale chassis to the double race weekend to support clients and develop the Canadian market. BHA driver and Purdue University freshman Brandon Newey, who currently leads the US F1600 Pro Series Championships with four straight podium finishes, will make his first appearance in Canada as he joins Grist on the grid.

Bryan Herta, former IndyCar driver and Bryan Herta Autosport/Team Barracuda principal had this to say about the up coming weekend.

"All of us at Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian are looking forward to the Montreal F1 weekend and our first time competing with the factory Mygale Honda F1600 cars in Canada. This is an especially important race for our Canadian pilot Garett Grist, who continues to show great skill and leadership on and off the track for our team. His Sick Kids Charity Helmet, this year to be signed by Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, will raise funding for a great cause and we are proud to be associated with the program through Garett."

Adding to the program will be Grist's mentor Derek Daly who will be on hand throughout the weekend. Focused on developing young North American talent, the former Formula One, IndyCar and Sports Car driver and owner of the Derek Daly Academy is hopeful about Grist's efforts this weekend.

"The Canadian Grand Prix is a very prestigious event. Garett will be performing in front of future employers, making this a critical race weekend. He has good equipment and is well prepared for a fair fight."

Grist is racing with the support of Sofina Foods Drivers' Development Program, Alpinestars of Italy, Bell Racing Helmets of Champaign, Ill., The Trailer Shop of Jordan, Ontario, Autosports Media Group of Guelph, Ont., and Secrets of Speed Publications of Grimsby, Ont. Building on that strong base, Grist will be launching a unique Teen Safe Driving Program. Developing programs that are designed to support the very communities we all work in is important to the 17 year-old driver.

For more information on Garett Grist, his Children's Charity Program, Teen Safe Driving Program or this release contact Jeff Grist at jeff@sospublishing.com or 905.328.7458.

Sofina Foods Inc. is a privately owned Canadian company headquartered in Markham, Ont., dedicated to providing great tasting, high quality food products for retail and foodservice. As one of the nation's leading manufacturers of primary and further processed protein products, Sofina Foods has a broad portfolio of branded and private label pork, beef, turkey, and chicken products. Sofina's family of branded products consists of Lilydale, Janes, Mastro, San Daniele, Fearmans Pork, Fletcher's, Vienna, Cuddy and Quality Meats. Sofina Foods currently operates 18 HACCP-approved manufacturing facilities (17 in Canada and one in the northwestern United States), three hatcheries and has over 4,700 employees.
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