Hansen To Speed The Cure For JDRF

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NEWTON, Iowa - ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Todd Hansen suffers from Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. The Minneapolis, Minnesota racer is also doing something about it.

Hansen, and his Newton Hy-Vee/Mad Croc Energy Drink no. 77 Chevy Monte Carlo, will be making an appearance on behalf of the Greater Chapter of Iowa Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in Newton, Iowa on Thursday, April 17, 2008, two days prior to the running of the third annual Prairie Meadows 250 at Iowa Speedway Saturday afternoon.

"It was discovered that I had Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes when I was 13 months old," said Hansen. "There's no cure yet, so it's not something you can really fight; you just take care of it. I take insulin and monitor my blood glucose levels and manage it the best I can.

"My parents have been very instrumental in helping find a cure. They've always made contributions to the research foundation over the years. And we as a race team do what we can do to help. It's a win-win situation for our team and the research foundation."

Hansen will appear with his Hansen Motorsports Chevy Monte Carlo from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hy-Vee (grocery chain) located at 1501 1st Avenue East in Newton on Thursday, April 17.

"We're just trying to help raise awareness for the research it continually takes to help find a cure."

Hansen also spoke before 18,000 supporters of the JDRF at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota back in January of this year. Hansen also participates in ‘walk events' at various JDRF locations across the country.

"Our goal for 2008 is to raise $100,000 for JDRF under our season banner - what we call 'Speed the Cure'".

In 12 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts since 2006, Hansen has three top-10 finishes including a career-best seventh place showing at Nashville Superspeedway in 2006. He also finished eighth at the Milwaukee Mile 2006, 10th at Nashville 2006, 11th at Michigan Int'l Speedway 2006 and 14th at Kansas Speedway 2007.

Hansen is planning on a 10-race schedule in 2008, which includes upcoming events at Iowa Speedway on April 19 and Kansas Speedway on April 25. To get ready, Hansen recently participated in open tests at Iowa and Kansas.

"We had a great test at Iowa. We learned a lot and kept picking up every time we went out. Every time we tweaked on it, the car responded to all our adjustments. Race-trim-wise, we're sitting great."

Other ARCA RE/MAX Series races for Hansen Motorsports in 2008 include events at Kentucky Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway, Chicagoland Speedway and possibly Rockingham Speedway.

Prior to Hansen's tenure in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, he earned the super late model track championship at I-94 Speedway and Fergus Falls Speedway.

Hansen also graduated with honors from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. During his college days, he was an All-City hockey player.

The team is currently searching for primary marketing partners - aka - sponsorship. Hansen's father, Bill Hansen, a former 747 pilot for Northwest Airlines, funds the effort as best as he can in retirement.

"I just can't afford to do keep doing it for an unlimited period of time," said Bill Hansen. "We're still committed to run 10 races this year. Of course our ultimate goal is to run the entire schedule. We love the series and there's nothing more we rather do than run the whole deal.

"Todd loves the big tracks, and does very well at them. And he's already got three late model championships under him on the short-tracks, so we know he can get the job done. He just loves to race, period. He'd be the next Ken Schrader if there's a way."

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