Part of First Openly Gay Rally Team

Fireball Run

At, we consider it our duty to provide a great resource for our users as well change peoples’ perception of the community by educating and informing. We do this by shedding light on contributions made by LGBT people in the auto industry and publishing data that generally dispels stereotypes. We’re happy to announce that we’re taking it to the next level by taking part in Team “G.L.A.M.”, the first openly gay rally team. Read the release and stay tuned for more exciting information about this event.
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ORLANDO, Florida-J “JJ” Sanchez, organizer of the Fireball Run, an annual 100 team Orlando to Los Angeles adventure rally, today announced the addition of the first-ever out gay team to participate in such a cross-country driving event.
As the first Hispanic and Generation X Chairman of the Orlando Regional Small Business Chamber, J. Sanchez understands the importance of diversity. “Diversity plays an important role in every aspect of the business community, so why shouldn’t it be the same in motorsports?”
Upon learning about the Fireball Run’s call for teams of diversity, founder Joe LaMuraglia requested one of the few remaining entries in the all-invitational rally. J. Sanchez accepted Joe’s application, and the first openly gay rally team officially registered July 3rd 2007.
“While’s primary mission is to educate lesbian and gay consumers on how gay-friendly automakers might be, we also relish the opportunity to show to the world that gays are as avid auto enthusiasts as anyone else,” said Joe LaMuraglia. “There’s no better way to do that then to take the checkered flag in this year’s Fireball Run.”
The number 53 “G.L.A.M.” team enters with the support of several major sponsors. The team consists of Atlanta-based CEO Joe LaMuraglia and SCCA southeast division champion Evan Darling of Miami, who recently placed 7th in the Homestead-Miami Speedway Grand-Am Cup race. “I can’t wait to get started and rip on the race tracks,” said Evan who has raced for 14 years.
“The Fireball Run is different. We look for character and class, both of which are found in every demographic-you simply make it clear they are welcome,” said J. Sanchez, an avid rally driver, retired Air Force Sergeant and entrepreneur. “Fireball Run is above labels and prejudices. Our players are worldlier, more sophisticated, and welcoming of strong competition from anyone who can bring it.”
About The Fireball Run
The Fireball Run is an annual 100 team Orlando to Los Angeles adventure rally. The invitational has attracted teams from around the world to play the 3,500-mile, nine-day adventure game. Notable entries include an all-woman Bentley Team, a 1960’s Batmobile, a team of Orlando firefighters, a $750,000.00 coach, and the actual ambulance used in the 1980 hit film “The Cannonball Run.”
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