Milltek Sport supporting the Arc Audi Racing Program and the Pirelli World Challenge Series
Professional race team owner Don Istook and his wife Laurie share The Arc’s commitment to ensuring that people with Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) have the opportunity to be fully included, especially when it comes to having employment opportunities. Two of Laurie’s brothers, Mark and Tyson Heitt, both were diagnosed with Fragile X, but that has not stopped them from working as an integral part of Don’s race team. Don and Laurie wanted to give other people with I/DD a taste of what it might be like to be part of a fast-paced race crew and came to The Arc with a unique idea to include individuals in the excitement of race day as the team moves from town to town to compete in the Pirelli World Challenge Series.
The Arc is excited to launch a partnership with Istook Motorsports, Milltek Sport, Volkswagen Group of America and the Pirelli World Challenge Series to bring together the intellectual and developmental disability community and the racing world. The Arc Audi Racing Program for the Pirelli World Challenge Series will invite 20 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their support staff and staff from select chapters of The Arc to be honorary crew members at seven races across the country in 2012, giving them a unique race day experience and helping to raise awareness of The Arc and I/DD among racing fans everywhere.
About the car
The Istook’s team has been involved with racing VW’s and Audi’s since 1984. This Audi TT RS is the first model to be sold in the United States in several years. It forwards Audi’s commitment in not only producing a world class quality automobile, but also one that has the power and handling capabilities to compete in the Pirelli World Challenge series, one of North America's top production car-based racing championship. This return by Audi to a 2.5L Turbocharged engine utilizes Audi Quattro and Audi Space Frame (ASF) aluminum technology. Power from the tuned TT RS is in excess of 400hp, thanks to a Milltek Sport exhaust system and a Revo Technik ECU remap with a top speed of over 175 mph.