NorthBay ‘Driven’ to Help the Leaven

High-speed fun, friendly competition and fundraising were the order of the day on April 27 at Driven Raceway, the indoor go-cart speedway in Fairfield.

That’s when dozens of competitors put the pedal to the metal during the NorthBay Great Race, which for the fifth year in a row raised funds to support the programs of The Leaven, an after-school tutoring program that targets at-risk youth.

The event got underway as veteran NASCAR racer Jim Inglebright took to put in a few “hot laps” on the track and set a time for others to beat.

Inglebright said he wouldn’t want to miss the event. “This is a great local program and it’s all about the kids,” he said. “As a parent, we all want our kids to succeed and be better than we are and it’s programs like The Leaven that help make that happen.”

Racing for Team NorthBay were trauma surgeon J. Peter Zopfi, D.O., Injury Prevention and Outreach Technician Brenna Benjamin, and NorthBay Healthcare Foundation President Brett Johnson. There were some spinouts, but the team performed well.

Mark Lillis, director of The Leaven, had nothing but praise for the event.

“Events like this are exceptionally important,” he said. “This keeps our center operating and doing great things for children.”