A healthy number of present and past New Zealand luminaries of numerous motorsport categories have banded together in support of local businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.
As a result of the month-long Level 4 lockdown to eliminate the COVID-19 virus, all businesses deemed non-essential across New Zealand were forced to close their doors to loyal customers. Businesses of all sizes continue to battle for survival.Kiwi racing drivers have also been forced to put their helmets down. They have turned to simulator racing whilst being home-bound. New Zealand racing drivers are well represented in top-level motorsport across the globe and proudly display the New Zealand flag on their helmets and racing overalls. Most started out as enthusiastic young competitors supported by parents and other local businesses and many are still supported by these organisations and individuals.
Now, the racers have decided to step up and give a little back by becoming a sponsor of their ‘locals’ who are struggling to survive during these unprecedented times.SOS has been doing an incredible job rallying support for many of the country’s small and medium-sized businesses and services. Through their platform, they have already helped to raise over $1,000,000 for struggling businesses through vouchers and donations during the lockdown.SOS have endorsed the “Racing Local” concept and will distribute all funds raised. Over the month of Racing Local, it is hoped the cause can contribute to as many small, local businesses as possible. Especially those who need help to survive the lockdown.
A diverse group of 60 Kiwi racers from all types of motorsport will join forces to compete in the virtual world of iRacing, raising money for their local. Confirmed participants already include: Brendon Hartley, Shane van Gisbergen, Greg Murphy, Hayden Paddon, and Liam Lawson.After raising almost $24,000 in two weeks, week three of Racing Local will see things given a shakeup! This Friday night from 7pm, live-streamed on their Facebook page, 43 of New Zealand’s best drivers will raise funds for their local businesses in the Dallara DW12 IndyCar on a pavement oval and the Pro 4 Off Road Truck on an off-road track.