The generosity of the motorcycling community shone brightly on Monday, as riders, fans, friends and enthusiasts took part in a charity track day at Sonoma Raceway hosted by 3J’s Motorcycle Track Days, raising $75,000. The charity track day was to benefit David Stanton, a Bay Area resident and long-time American Federation of Motorcyclists (AFM) competitor, who was paralyzed after a racing crash in June.
In all, more than 400 people participated in the track day, attended the evening reception or stopped by to give Stanton their best wishes. Some of motorcycle racing’s top stars were also on hand to show their support, including AMA Pro Racing riders Josh Hayes, Melissa Paris, Jake Zemke, Joey Pascarella, Steve Rapp and more.
“I am just absolutely blown away,” said Stanton, who was able to visit the track with his family during the event. “To see this many people here and to experience their support and generosity is just mind blowing. There is no way to say ‘thank you’ enough.”
The day’s activities also included two-up rides with Jason Pridmore and Shawn Reilly and a track walk with national racers discussing their favorite sections of the course, plus a 100-item raffle and silent auction. Napa’s Donald Haagstag was selected as the raffle winner for a brand-new Yamaha WR250.
“Dave has been active in the motorcycle and racing community for a long time,” said Jere Starks, co-founder of 3Js and vice president of facilities at Sonoma Raceway. “It was incredible to see how everyone rallied to truly make a difference for him and his family.”
If you could not attend the fund-raiser but would like to make a donation to Stanton, you can donate online at www.stanton53support.com/blog/