Local Sponsor of Gift Bank Program Puts Pedal to the Metal

Decatur's Lingenfelter Performance Engineering set to make special delivery in a Corvette that reaches 200 mph in just 18 seconds!

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (May 8, 2008) — A shipment of toys for kids being cared for at Lutheran Children's Hospital is set to arrive Monday, May 12, via a delivery vehicle that most wannabe Speed Racers can only dream about.

Jason Haines, project director of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, will be driving a Lingenfelter 427 Twin Turbo 2006 ZO6 Corvette on Monday to deliver toys and to provide patients at Lutheran Children's Hospital a VIP look inside a vehicle that is the personification of fast. This visit is scheduled to take place at 1:00 p.m. on the south side of the campus on the circle turn between the Lutheran Cancer Center and south parking garage. Media planning to attend this opportunity are encouraged to park free in the south garage.

Lingenfelter is the 2008 local sponsor of the national Kids Wish Network's "Holiday of Hope Gift Bank," a program that benefits pediatric patients at Lutheran Children's Hospital. Kids Wish Network is a not-for-profit charitable organization that provides millions of dollars worth of toys to sick children at hospitals all across the country. The presentation of free toys to pediatric patients helps provide them with a much-needed break from medical treatment. Financial assistance from local sponsors covers shipping costs. Toys donated by Kids Wish Network to Lutheran Children's Hospital during 2008 are expected to have an approximate retail value of more than $100,000.

Legendary drag racer John Lingenfelter was known not only for his excellence on quarter-mile strips, he won 13 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) national event titles, but also for his excellence off the track building one of the top performance engineering companies in the entire world while sharing his passion for racing with fans of all ages. Nearly five years after his death, the Decatur company that bears his name continues to turn heads with amazing results.

With May being such an important month for racing in Indiana, Lutheran Children's Hospital has adopted a racing theme throughout its pediatric units. Various activities and decorations are being incorporated to help foster a speedy recover for all patients.

"The Lingenfelter team is graciously donating its time and resources during a very busy part of the year for anyone involved with motor sports," said Tammy Else, child life specialist, Lutheran Children's Hospital. "Along with Kids Wish, they are playing a big role in making hospital stays a little better for pediatric patients in need of specialized care."

Lingenfelter also sponsors the Kids Wish Network "Hero of the Month" program at Lutheran Children's Hospital. It involves the presentation of gift cards between $200 and $500 to patients nominated by hospital staff who do not have life-threatening illnesses but have faced some very sad or extraordinary circumstances that they have managed to overcome through efforts that can only be described as heroic.

Visit to learn more about the Kids Wish Network.

Lutheran Children's Hospital opened in 1999 as a result of several local pediatricians who envisioned bringing families throughout northeast Indiana access to expert pediatric medical care that wouldn't require a half-day's drive to receive. Today, Lutheran Children's Hospital teams with more than 75 pediatricians practicing in 27 areas of pediatric specialty in an environment filled with imagination and color. The award-winning design of the tree house elevator, specially decorated rooms, hallways and waiting areas invite children and their families to focus on something other than the often unpleasant purpose of their visit. Lutheran Children's Hospital believes children are special people, not just small adults.

About the Lingenfelter 427 Twin Turbo 2006 ZO6 Corvette

  1. 0-200 mph in 18.34 seconds on 93 octane pump gas. Standing mile in 25.12 seconds at 226.25 mph
  2. 1,100 HP rear wheel on 93 octane
  3. 1,300 HP rear wheel on race gas 23 psi boost
  4. Based on horsepower and drag of the vehicle, its calculated top speed is roughly 300 mph!

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