Racers put the pedal to the metal at second annual Junior Achievement Grand Prix

Junior Achievement Grand Prix

Food, fun, high-speed competition on the track, and the cause behind it all – JA Boy$– made for a great night at the 2nd annual Junior Achievement Grand Prix.

A great turnout for the event as 23 racers put the pedal to the metal on the track held July 28 at Autobahn Indoor Speedway.

Cars and Flag

JA staff

For several months leading up to the event, racers were busy peer-to-peer fundraising, raising at least the minimum $250 to secure their spot in the race. Although eyes were on the Grand Prix for Top Fundraiser – tickets to the 2017 Daytona 500 – the real focus was on the impact their funds would have on Junior Achievement’s JA Boy$ program.

Out of the 23 racers, nine made it to the final round where the competition really heated up. Mitchell Swanson defended his title, coming in first place as he did last year.

citigrand prixtop racers

Top 3 Racers

  • 3rd Place – Bill Koch, Northwestern Mutual
  • 2nd Place – Ron Pellum, Ennis, Pellum & Associates, CPAs
  • 1st place – our returning champion: Mitchell Swanson

Top Fundraiser – Harrell Washington (won 2017 Dayton 500 Tickets)

2nd Place Fundraiser – Brenda Mackey (won tickets for 4 to Busch Gardens Tampa)

In total the Junior Achievement Grand Prix raised $11,987 for JA Boy$!

Special thanks to our Board members that were a huge part of our success:

  • Bob Wall, Florida Blue
  • Charlie Kauffman, Wells Fargo
  • Bill Koch, Northwestern Mutual
  • Vickie Behan, Citi
  • Chassidy Wendell, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
  • Treve Kinsey, Transworld Business Advisors
  • Scott Brubaker, Publix
  • Marie Perry, Coca Cola
  • Scott Finnegan, Baptist Health

Thanks to our sponsors: Coca Cola, Publix and Zaxby’s and thank you to Autobahn Indoor Speedway for hosting the event.

Thank you all for your continued support of JA Boy$. We’re looking forward to holding the 3rd annual Grand Prix next summer!

View photos on Junior Achievement of North Florida’s Facebook page.

JA Boy$ serves as a bridge between JA’s real-world programs and all-male classroom environment. For more info on this program and how to get involved, click here.


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