Family Scrapbook | Jim Matthews Races for Awareness
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Jim Matthews is the owner of this Orbit Racing Pontiac Riley and race team. He and his family hail from Chapel Hill, NC.
Jim's father was a physician prior to his death. Jim's mother was most unfortunately diagnosed with brain cancer and lost her battle in the late 90's.
However, the Matthews family connected with The Brain Tumor Center at Duke during his mother's illness.
The Brain Tumor Center at Duke graphic on the #39 JMR Daytona Prototype is a tribute to the wonderful, competent and compassionate care and treatment Mrs. Matthews received there.
According to Jim Matthews, "I put The Brain Tumor Center at Duke's name on my car to raise awareness to the fact that the Brain Tumor Center is one of the leading facilities in the country for the treatment of brain cancer. I have people come up to me all over the country and ask about the logo. They share stories about a relative or a friend and I am able to steer them in the direction of the best out there".
The JMR Daytona Prototype races in the Grand American Series Championship which opened with the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in early February. The series will be racing all around the country throughout the year, including California Speedway; Laguna, California; Mont-Treblant, Canada; Daytona, Florida; Watkins Glen, N.Y.; Lexington, Ohio; Phoenix, Arizona; Laguna, California; Barber, Alabama; and Mexico City. Additionally, all the races are televised on SPEED channel.