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FLOT 1 – CTF Racing4Research with Jill Beck

FLOT WideIntroducing the Formation Lap OnTrack (FLOT) – the little brother to the Formation Lap Podcast. The Formation Lap OnTrack will feature sound bites and interviews that Slipstream Network and NASportscar record during a racing weekend. FLOT episodes are shorter and feature a wider breadth of content. Look for these episodes to release throughout racing weekends.

In the first episode of the Formation Lap OnTrack, we catch up with Jill Beck, Director of the Racing4Research Program with Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF). This is the 9th year of the program kicking off the racing season at Daytona, an effort that has raised four million dollars for neurofibromatosis (NF) research.


Jill discusses the plans for this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona as they’ve added more cars, teams, and drivers than ever before. We also get a chance to talk about how the past nine years have brought success in raising money for the program. Every year, Embedded Fans, associated with Racing4Research come to meet the drivers and teams – and even put their names on the cars. It’s another way Racing4Research is changing the lives of so many afflicted with NF.

The program helps raise awareness by working with racing teams and drivers, who donate space on their cars and suits, to allow CTF and Racing4Research to be displayed. Awareness is a big part of what Racing4Research does as NF occurs in up to 1 in every 4,000 births – yet it does not get a lot of public attention. In NF, tumors grow along the body’s nerves and skin, causing a multitude of complications.

The racing community has joined the race to #EndNF along with CTF and Racing4Research. A variety of teams and drivers, including, Magnus Racing, Compass 360 Racing, Paul Holton, Ryan Eversley and many more have become staple names in association with the organization. Listen to this episode of the Formation Lap OnTrack to learn more. Also make sure to check out the links below to see how you can get involved in such a great program!

Dusty Michael

As a mechanical engineer, Dusty’s passion is for sports cars and endurance racing. In his opinion, there’s nothing better than a race car closely based on a model that you can go out and buy from the manufacturer showroom. He’s very particular about his writing utensils and appreciates a great, cruelty free pomade.