Racing champion and Pebble Beach caddy Nick Galante races for a cure
|Monterey resident Nick Galante and No. 17 co-driver Spencer Pumpelly will unveil special Racing To End Alzheimer's design at Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix.|
Fighting to defend his Continental SportsCar Challenge Street Tuner championship at his home track is certainly on the mind of Nick Galante heading into the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca September 21-24. The No. 17 Rickie Fowler/Legistics/RS1 Porsche Cayman co-driver with Spencer Pumpelly is also fighting for something much larger.
Galante and his supporters, namely principal sponsor CEO Phil Frengs of Legistics and PGA golfer Rickie Fowler, decided to eschew all corporate logos to instead focus on the Racing To End Alzheimer’s charity. Those donating to Alzheimer’s research will have the opportunity to put the name of their afflicted loved one on the car that will be competing in Saturday’s feature race, the four-hour Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 240. More information about the program and how to donate is available here.
World Alzheimer’s Day on Thursday, September 21 is a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.
Galante, who lives in Monterey with wife Erica Freestone, took time to answer questions about Racing To End Alzheimer’s, his deep ties to the Monterey Peninsula community, the upcoming event, and the unique path that led him from an upbringing with a non-racing family in Greenfield, Mass., to a professional racing career.