SANTA MONICA, Calif.- LAWFUEL – US Legal & Attorney News–Greene Broillet & Wheeler attorney Michael Avenatti and Synergy Racing today unveiled the racing livery of the No. 71 Porsche 997 which Avenatti will drive at this Friday’s 2007 Grand-AM KONI Challenge Series race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL. The No. 71 Porsche’s hood will feature Camp Boggy Creek (located in Eustis, FL.) which is one of Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camps. In place of a traditional sponsor, Avenatti chose to campaign the No. 71 Porsche in the race with a paint scheme to promote awareness of the no-charge camps for seriously ill children founded by Academy Award Winner Paul Newman.
During select races this season, Synergy Racing will highlight a specific Hole in the Wall Camp on the hood of the No. 71 Porsche, while the side panels display all five domestic Hole in the Wall Camps—Camp Boggy Creek; Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, NY.; The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in New Haven, CT.; The Painted Turtle in Santa Monica, CA.; and The Victory Junction Gang in Randleman, NC.
The Grand-AM KONI Challenge Series showcases the latest in international and American-made high performance sports cars, coupes and sedans. The 2007 KONI Challenge Series includes 12 races throughout the U.S. and Canada at such circuits as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (California), Watkins Glen International (New York) and Le Circuit de Trois-Rivieres (Quebec).
This season will be Avenatti’s first in the KONI Challenge Series. He is a plaintiff’s trial lawyer with the Santa Monica, CA. law firm of Greene Broillet & Wheeler (www.greene-broillet.com) and has been named a “Rising Star” in 2004, 2005 and 2006 by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine. Avenatti, age 35, began racing in 1992 and joined Synergy Racing, the most decorated team in Grand-AM history, this year.
“As a father of two young daughters, I was touched by the tremendous service Camp Boggy Creek and all Hole in the Wall Camps provide to children facing life-threatening illnesses,” said Avenatti. “I can’t imagine the struggle and heartache these children and their parents must go through on a daily basis. I’m thankful these camps allow them a place to get away for a brief time — a place where kids can just act like kids, and the parents can find support from those faced with similar circumstances.”
“It’s not surprising that Michael enjoys car racing in his free time,” said Timothy J. Wheeler, managing partner of Greene Broillet & Wheeler. “Michael has the focus and poise that give him the edge whether it’s in a court room or on the race track. We wish him luck and we’re proud that he is helping raise awareness about Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall camps for seriously ill children.”
“Michael is amazingly generous for using his race car to promote Camp Boggy Creek and other Hole in the Wall Camps this season in KONI Challenge,” said Sarah Gurtis, Camp Boggy Creek Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Development. “I find it especially appropriate that Michael’s first outing in the No. 71 Porsche falls on the 82nd birthday of our founder, Paul Newman. Our camps and racing are two of Paul’s favorite things so I can’t think of a better birthday gift.”