SANTA YNEZ, CA — October 8, 2014 — In an effort to boost the Lompoc Valley Motorsports Park Project’s fundraising drive, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians issued a $10,000 grant that will help offset some of the group’s environmental costs.
The project, which was approved unanimously by the Lompoc City Council in 2012, will provide new recreational opportunities in a supervised environment for Central Coast residents, with hopes of putting an end to illegal street racing. The multi-use park is slated to include an Off Highway Vehicle area, go-kart track and a one-eighth-mile drag strip.
Last year, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians issued a matching grant for the project – every dollar the group raised during a specified time frame was matched up to $12,500.
“We’re proud of our ongoing support for this project because not only will it be a great venue for motorsports, but it also addresses safety concerns on the streets of Lompoc,” said Vincent Armenta, Tribal Chairman for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.
Carl Creel, who chairs the Lompoc Valley Motorsports Park Project committee, said while his group has devised inventive ways to raise funds, the support from the Chumash has been crucial.
“This is such a big deal for us,” Creel said. “The Chumash have done a lot for groups throughout the county, and we’re proud to be a part of their community support program.”
On hand for the check ceremony were Lompoc Mayor John Linn and Jim Moseby, president of the Lompoc Valley Parks, Recreation & Pool Foundation.
“This park is going to provide recreational opportunities for young people in northern Santa Barbara County, with a wide variety of choices,” Linn said. “Personally, I was in the towing business for 25 years, and I saw a lot of fatal car accidents involving young kids. This park is going to give our kids a safe place to race and get them off the streets.”
“On the economic side, it’s going to be a big draw for people to come to Lompoc from outside of the area,” he said. “Once it’s completed, there will be nothing else like this anywhere in this part of California.”
If you’re interested in donating, please contact Carl Creel at 805-757-8047 or visit the group’s website at racelompoc.com.
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has donated more than $18 million to hundreds of groups, organizations and schools in the community and across the nation as part of the tribe’s long-standing tradition of giving. To find out more about the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation and its giving programs, visit www.santaynezchumash.org.