Trackside Debris Becomes Artwork

Nationally-renowned contemporary artist Steve Maloney, known for his track-debris-turned-art pieces, will have his mixed-media creation "Red Line Rolex 24 @ Daytona" up for auction at the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Champions Banquet on Monday, Sept. 22, with proceeds going Camp Boggy Creek.

"This work exemplifies all the color, commercialism and excitement of 24 hours spent gunning around the track at Daytona International Speedway," noted Maloney, who spent time behind the wheel as an amateur racer back in the 1970s. "They're high-performance automobiles, but sometimes they come apart. I'm delighted to be able to portray the art of auto racing for a true fan, and to put the proceeds toward a wonderful effort like Camp Boggy Creek." 

Maloney collects the components for his unique works of art at Daytona International Speedway and on occasion has set up a trackside art studio. "Red Line Rolex 24 @ Daytona" is part of his larger collection entitled "This is Where the Rubber Meets the Road," a vibrant series of mixed-media works created from crashed sheet metal and pieces of actual race cars.

For "Red Line Rolex 24 @ Daytona" Maloney used parts gathered from the Daytona Prototypes and GT cars during the 2008 Rolex 24 At Daytona, including carbon fiber bodywork from both classes, a Porsche GT driving light assembly with bulbs, a Ferrari GT side mirror housing, Pirelli rubber rain tire shreds, HID (High Intensity Discharge) ballast and wire assembly, HID light housing and a Daytona Prototype exhaust crossover pipe. These parts are affixed to a board-back canvas that measures 40 inches tall by 68 inches wide and 12 inches deep.

"This artwork is a one-of-a-kind part of history," said Grand-Am President Roger Edmondson. "The purchaser gets to not only enjoy the work but know that they are helping a terrific, deserving cause as well."

Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Fla., is one of Paul Newman's "Hole-in-the-Wall" camps that offers a fun and healthy respite for children ages 7-16 who have chronic or life threatening illnesses. It provides an enjoyable time for both adults and children in a safe, caring and fun environment at no cost for the families. 

For bidder registration and additional information about the auction, contact Jutta Miller at the Maloney Gallery at jamiller@themaloneygallery.com or (858) 756-8160.  More information about the artwork series can be found at www.ThisIsWhereTheRubberMeetsTheRoad.com.  Additional information about Grand-Am's Official Charity, Camp Boggy Creek, can be found at www.BoggyCreek.org.

Grand-Am operates and sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the KONI Challenge Series, is the premier road racing organization in North America. The 15-race 2008 Rolex Series schedule and the 11-race KONI Challenge Series calendar delivers professional sports car racing to key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED and distributed globally through ESPN International. With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA and presenting sponsorship from Crown Royal Cask No. 16, the Rolex Series showcases emerging and legendary drivers from around the globe and thoroughbred racing machines from the industry's leading constructors and the world's top automobile manufacturers.