Team Shelby on Saturday night at Irwindale Speedway was joined by Southern California’s Black Flag Cancer Derby Divas for its third Relay for Life fundraiser in association with the American Cancer Society.
Club members drove cancer survivors on track in parade laps ahead of an all-female demolition derby.
Tracey Smith, director of Team Shelby International, competed in the demolition derby. She spoke ahead of the event about the importance of the event.
“Automotive legend Carroll Shelby was deeply committed to supporting charitable foundations and that is a cornerstone of the car club he founded, she said. “Robert Rice and Cheryl Hyland, who are very active in the Shelby community, have been competing in motorsports for many years.
“We were inspired by their success in using grassroots racing events to raise awareness and money for the battle against cancer. I’m excited to compete in my first demolition derby as one of the Black Flag Cancer Derby Divas.”
The Black Flag Cancer Derby Divas was founded in 2019 by Rice and Hyland.
“The Irwindale Speedway is my ‘happy place and I’m involved with many charities that fundraise there throughout the year thanks to the generosity of Tim and Lisa Huddleston, who own the track,” Hyland said. “Black Flag Derby Divas is our annual women’s only Demo Derby event.”
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