McKaigue Lends Helping Hand To Special Kids
Monday, May 23, 2016

When Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama driver Shaun McKaigue was celebrating his victory Saturday, May 21 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, he was not alone in doing so. As he stepped off the podium, McKaigue was joined by four children from Hearth Place Cancer Support Group who had joined him for a VIP day at the track.

This was McKaigue’s third year alongside Fiorano Racing, hosting members of Hearth Place Pediatric Family Support Group on Victoria Day Weekend. Located in Oshawa, Ontario, the charity opened its doors in 1997 and offers support to people who are fighting cancer, as well as their families and caretakers.

It was a special win for 2011 Gold Cup champion McKaigue, who had spent the day with the children and their families as they experienced a behind-the-scenes look at the IMSA-sanctioned Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama. Along with a paddock tour, the children offered the “start your engines” call and presented trophies to the winners of each race.

“Even if it is just a day at the track, it means a lot to these families,” McKaigue said. “We are aiming to provided an opportunity for them to spend time together, away from the difficult circumstances that they are experiencing.”

Along with the IMSA team, McKaigue expressed his gratitude to Porsche Cars Canada, which was instrumental in making the experience even more memorable.

“We couldn’t be more thankful of the team at Porsche,” McKaigue said. “They made sure to go above and beyond to make each child feel like a true VIP.”

From special seating during the race to lounge access during the day so that kids and their families could keep cool and out of the sun, McKaigue listed a number of ways each kid was made to feel special.

The Fiorano team is already planning its next event with members of Hearth Place, which will occur when the series returns to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the season finale Sept. 2-4.