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MOTORSPORTS RACING

Placer Breast Cancer Night Sept. 5 at Marysville Raceway

Roseville Mayor spreads awareness & creates funding for breast cancer research
By: Jeffrey Weidel & Steven Wilson - Special For The Press Tribune
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About the Placer Breast Cancer Foundation

The Placer Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 2005 and includes breast cancer survivors and community activists. These members are determined to raise awareness regarding breast cancer prevention, early detection, and support services available during treatment. For more information, visit www.wethinkpink.org.

Roseville Mayor Carol Garcia knows a thing or two about fighting for a win. 

In addition to her roles as the city’s Mayor and Senior Vice President at Community 1st Bank, Garcia was the co-founder of  Placer County Breast Cancer Endowment, a non-profit she formed in 2005.  

Garcia, a breast cancer survivor herself, continues to work with the endowment to fund cancer research and education, but this weekend she will be apart of another winning side. 

This Saturday night, sprint car racers will take to the track at Marysville Raceway with a single, unified objective on their mind — the race to find a cure. 

Thanks to sponsorship from Garcia’s Placer Breast Cancer Foundation, there is a full slate of racing scheduled for Saturday night, including the fire-breathing, 360-cubic-inch Winged Sprint Cars.

“First of all, we’re really pleased to be out there that evening not only to promote breast cancer awareness but also to promote our local racer William (Fielding Jr.), his race car and all the good things he’s done out there and the success he’s had at that raceway,” Garcia said. “He’s had our breast cancer logo on his race car for almost two years now, and we’re really proud of what he’s accomplished.”

Carol, who will be attending the race with some family members, says since 2014, the Placer County Breast Cancer Endowment has surpassed its goal of raising $1.5 million to endow a chair at UC Davis for breast cancer research and a percentage of the proceeds from Saturday night’s action will go to the organization for further studies.

Marysville Raceway, located at 1468 Simpson Lane, is a quarter-mile banked, clay surface, high speed, raceway.

The Winged Sprint Car division is the premier group on the racing card. Weighing only 1,400 pounds, these well-crafted Sprint Cars can reach speeds of over 100 mph in the straightaway with their 750 horsepower engines. 

Garcia, who also works with several local charitable organizations such as the Rotary Club of Roseville, the Tommy Apostolos Fund board, and the Leadership Roseville program, says most members of her organization’s Board of Directors will be in attendance, as well as, a huge group of volunteers who help throughout the year. 

You can bet all of those volunteers will be keeping a watchful eye on 21-year-old Fielding Jr. of Olivehurst and his AutoMax 3F race car, which features the Placer Breast Cancer Foundation’s logo on the back left and right panels above the wheels. Fielding Jr. will be racing at the Labor Day Weekend event to show his support for the organization.

“We’ve handed out 300 tickets to fans for that evening to promote the race and our cause,” Garcia said. “The Placer Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 2005 and we’ve done a lot of work in the Sacramento region, along with the South Placer and Foothills areas, but we haven’t done anything in Marysville, so this race is going to help with our outreach efforts.”

Garcia’s roots in Roseville run five generations deep, to 1849, when the Fiddyment Family settled in the area of what is now Fiddyment and Baseline Roads. Garcia, an alumna of Roseville High School, Sierra College and Sacramento State University, has spent a lifetime giving back to the community that raised her and she will once again be proud of her organization’s charitable work.

“It’s my passion obviously,” Garcia confessed. “I love what I do for the city and I love what I do at the bank, but at the end of the day I really like the fact that I’m able to help people that are going through any phase of the breast cancer journey.”

Along with the racing, there will also be a 50/50 raffle, where 50 percent of the proceeds go to the Placer Breast Cancer Foundation and the other 50 percent go to one lucky race fan.

Garcia’s foundation will have a tent set up at the track to help spread awareness about their cause and on top of their information pamphlets, they will be handing out pink breast cancer awareness bracelets to fans.

For more information about Marysville Raceway, visit www.marysvilleraceway.com.