Saturday, December 1, 2012

Side Trip: Kamui Support

I'm going to take occasional departures (don't you love the travel puns?) from this blog's main trajectory to bring you news of interesting happenings in the world of F1 and motorsports. Of course, an armchair pundit isn't going to be able to cover everything going on out there and besides, there are much more respectable people out there who do this for a living, so don't expect this to be your sole news source. That said, I figured I can contribute where I have unique skills.

Kamui Support is a web-site that was set up for F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi, who unfortunately found himself in a difficult situation after the 2012 F1 season; he was out of a drive. For those who haven't heard, or couldn't read Japanese, the site solicits fans to make contributions in order for him to secure a drive in 2013.

I've taken the liberty of translating the text on the site for those who could not read Japanese.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Kamui-Support nor Dream Win Co. I'm a native Japanese speaker who also speaks English fluently.

Thank you for your continued support for Kamui Kobayashi. Also, Kobayashi and the staff would like to sincerely thank you for the many messages after the Japanese grand Prix podium.

Lately, news of Kobayashi's lack of a drive next season has been reported in the media, worrying our fans.

In the midst of all this, many fans have asked if they could make donations to help. We are truly appreciative and thank you for your warm gestures.

Kobayashi is currently putting all of his efforts into negotiations for next year. However, as our fans know, not having funds to bring to negotiations have greatly affected securing a seat.

Until now, Kobayashi has always been of the mind that, "a professional racing driver is paid for his skills". Formula 1 is the pinnacle of motorsports and as such, only those with pinnacle skills deserve a drive in the sport. This is the assumption under which he has been operating for the last three seasons. However, in recent times - due in part to the economics surrounding F1 - drivers have been demanded of not only their skill, but their ability to bring sponsorships.

In order to realize his childhood dream of becoming the first Japanese driver to win a race in Formula 1, let alone win the World Driver Championship, Kobayashi has launched "Kamui Support" and is asking for support from his fans for his bid in his 4th season in F1.

We struggled greatly to come to this decision and feel the utmost humility in asking for our fans' monetary support in this tough economy in Japan.

However, we have come to this decision with hopes that Kobayashi's drive to succeed will inspire courage and strength in those who follow him and support him.

Kobayashi will win in Formula 1.
We are asking for your support because we believe in this.

All proceeds of "Kamui Support" will be used towards Kamui Kobayashi's efforts in securing a seat.

However, securing a seat in 2013 is not guaranteed. Please keep this in mind.

Thank you for your continued support and warm wishes.

November, 2012
Dream Win Co.

Now I'm sure that some of you are wondering, "That's great, now how do I make donations?" The problem is that the donation instructions at the bottom of the page are pretty much limited to Japanese donations (bank transfer details).

I've taken the initiative to ask Kamui and his team on Twitter whether they are planning on accepting donations from outside of Japan. Please feel free to reply and add your support if you are outside of Japan and would like to contribute. I bet there are enough fans out there to make this happen!


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