Street Racer Sentenced to Compete Against Arresting Officer in an Unlikely Drag Race For Charity

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MotorGospel Ministries' Beat The Heat program at Irwindale Dragstrip gives street racers the opportunity to race against cops legally to raise money for youth charity.

My son Angel is very excited about his upcoming car racing event against Sergeant Garcia. I couldn't believe that there was actually an opportunity for Angel that he could in fact legally do car racing even against a Police Officer. I thank everyone who sponsors and supports this kind of event…

MotorGospel Ministries is pleased to announce a major milestone in their life-saving anti-street-racing campaign.

In cooperation with LA City Council President Pro Tempore Mitchell Englander, the LAPD CTD Street Racing Task Force and a small army of sponsors, MotorGospel Ministries will be starting a Beat The Heat program which will occur the last Thursday of every month at Irwindale Dragstrip.

The Beat The Heat program provides an opportunity for motorsports enthusiasts including illegal street racers to compete against off-duty LAPD officers in heads-up 1/8th mile drags. The officers will be driving the Cadet Race Team car provided by MotorGospel Ministries at neither cost to the taxpayers nor the LAPD. It is hoped that Beat The Heat will encourage illegal street racers to move their motorsports to the track.

That hope is not merely hypothetical. The inaugural Beat The Heat event is going to feature Angel Rodriguez who was arrested for street racing and sentenced by the court to do community service with MotorGospel Ministries. Angel will be racing against Sergeant Jesse Garcia, the Officer-in-Charge of the LAPD CTD Street Racing Task Force to kick off the Beat The Heat series.

More than a few people are excited about this milestone.

In the words of Angel, "MotorGospel & Aaron Schwartzbart taught me how to race cars safely without having to worry about cops or getting my car impounded for 30 days, and now I’m going to take on the head of the LAPD CTD Street Racing Task Force 1 on 1 in a drag race."

Angel’s mother Euphemia showed visible relief at having this opportunity for her son; “I'm very grateful to Sergeant Jesus Garcia for referring my son Angel Rodriguez to Aaron Schwartzbart from MotorGospel. Angel is currently working with Aaron to do community service hours he was asked to complete as a court order. My son Angel is very excited about his upcoming car racing event against Sergeant Garcia. I couldn't believe that there was actually an opportunity for Angel that he could in fact legally do car racing even against a Police Officer. I thank everyone who sponsors and supports this kind of event…”

For more information on how you can support this important program, contact founder Aaron Schwartzbart at motorgospel(at)att.net or call 818.620.7132.

Together, we may save a life.

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