LOS ANGELES – Oct. 5, 2021 – Team Shelby will join Southern California’s famed Black Flag Cancer Derby Divas for its third annual “Relay for Life” fundraiser at Irwindale Speedway on Saturday, October 9. Club members will drive survivors on the track during parade laps, donate money and then Team Shelby International Director Tracey Smith will drive in the demolition derby on the all-female team as part of a program associated with the American Cancer Society.
“Automotive legend Carroll Shelby was deeply committed to supporting charitable foundations and that is a cornerstone of the car club he founded,” said Tracey Smith, Team Shelby International Director. “Robert Rice and Cheryl Hyland, who are very active in the Shelby community, have been competing in motorsports for many years. We were inspired by their success in using grassroots racing events to raise awareness and money for the battle against cancer. I’m excited to compete in my first demolition derby as one of the Black Flag Cancer Derby Divas. This weekend, Shelby’s passion for motorsports and charity will collide at Irwindale Speedway in So Cal.”
The Black Flag Cancer Derby Divas were founded in 2019 by Robert Rice and Cheryl Hyland. The famous dynamic duo, known individually as the MASTER OF MAYHEM (Robert) and QUEEN OF DESTRUCTION (Cheryl) have been part of the Southern California motorsports scene for the past several decades. Rice also works at Carroll Shelby International in a variety of roles, where he channels his interest in motorsports and mechanics to support Team Shelby and Shelby American.
The female demolition derby team will sign autographs and then don helmets for destruction and mayhem. Donations will be accepted that evening while cancer survivors and fighters enjoy parade laps in high-performance vehicles just before evening events begin. Proceeds will benefit the local “Relay for Life” team that supports the American Cancer Society.
he leader of the fierce pack of Black Flag Cancer Derby Divas, native Californian Hyland, is an accomplished and celebrated local driver.
“I began racing at the age of 15 with my dad, who was a figure 8 champion in the 1980s,” said Hyland. “I race in all the Night of Destruction events at Irwindale Speedway in cars that Robert Rice builds for our team with fantastic support by sponsor LKQ Pick Your Part. The Irwindale Speedway is my ‘happy place’ and I’m involved with many charities that fundraise there throughout the year thanks to the generosity of Tim and Lisa Huddleston, who own the track. Black Flag Derby Divas is our annual women’s only Demo Derby event. This year, 13 incredible ladies will compete during an evening devoted to everyone who has fought or is fighting any form of cancer, along with their families and friends. We’re thrilled Team Shelby will join us in this battle.”
The action will take place at Irwindale Speedway, a state-of-the-art, motorsports and entertainment event facility with 6,000 seats, twin paved oval racetracks, parking for over 3,000 cars, snack bars and corporate suites. Located in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, it is less than 25 minutes from down-town Los Angeles and easily accessible from anywhere in Southern California.
“It will be a full night of safe and affordable family fun at SoCal’s premier motorsports facility,” said Hyland. “In addition to the Derby Diva’s Demolition Derby, the event will include NASCAR divisions like YouRaceLA Spec Racers, INEX Legend Cars, Street Stocks, Enduros, Mini Stocks and Bandos. I look forward to seeing everyone at Irwindale Speedway!”
Those interested in volunteering to drive cancer survivors in their collector or high-performance car or supporting the race team can contact Cheryl Hyland at MYSHUSHU3@GMAIL.COM. Donations can be made at https://bit.ly/3B9Xdup.
Gates open at 4:00pm and the main events start at 7:00pm. The evening will conclude with a dazzling fireworks display. Information about the event is available online at https://bit.ly/3a88LCy.
About Team Shelby
Team Shelby was founded in 2008 by Carroll Shelby to give people an opportunity to enjoy their cars with fellow enthusiasts. Many of the club’s activities support charities and non-profit organizations. Ownership of a Shelby vehicle is not required, only a passion for the brand and lifestyle. With chapters worldwide, the factory sanctioned club provides benefits including exclusive access to “Members Only” areas of the club website (www.teamshelby.com), official Team Shelby Membership Kit, invitations to special events and monthly discounts on Shelby products.