Last semester, Madison Automotive had the privilege of working on a very special car called the Jennifer Fund 993 GT2. A car with a decorated race history, bringing awareness to an inspiring cause.
Taking a quick stop at MAAP for some general maintenance, this car features glow-in-the-dark handprints of some 30 patients from the University of Virginia Children’s Medical Center helped by the Jennifer Fund. The Jennifer Fund is an organization that funds cancer research and care at UVA Children’s Hospital. The fund was started in 1999 by Ginny and Steve Marshall after their daughter Jennifer was diagnosed with leukemia and successfully completed treatment in 1999.
The Porsche 993 has a decorated race history that is close to MAAP’s heart. In 1996, Steve Marshall, along with his brother Danny and MAAP CEO, Cole Scrogham, founded G&W Motorsports. The racing team was renamed in 2004 to Synergy Racing. G&W Motorsports won the inaugural Grand-Am GTU Championship in 2000 and through the 2007 season they had entered and competed in every Grand Am sanctioned Rolex race. The twin-turbo 993 competed in many of those races between 1999 and 2001 with both Danny and driver Darren Law behind the wheel. Danny Marshall, who is a current MAAP board member, was the driver who raced in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Here are some race highlights and fun facts about the Porsche 993 GT2:
- 2nd place finish at Mid-Ohio in 1999
- 3rd place finish in GTU Daytona in 2000
- This was the last air-cooled Porsche to be on the podium at 24 Hours of Daytona
- It won the 2001 GTS Grand Am Championship
- The car was completely rebuilt with an AIM Management Engine System
- It was known to be one of the fastest twin-turbos 993’s on the market
In 2015, the Jennifer Fund raised over a million dollars, raising enough funds to name a room in the Battle Building at UVA Children’s Hospital.
You can read more about The Jennifer Fund’s impact here.