Kurt Caselli – one of America’s most beloved desert racers – continues to be honored following his untimely passing Nov. 15, 2013, at the SCORE Baja 1000 in Baja California, Mexico.
And now Caselli’s name will continue to influence others through a new foundation set up in his honor. Putting forth the effort for the foundation was KTM Motorsports, FMF Racing and the Caselli family.
Nancy Caselli, Kurt’s mother, says: “My son, Kurt, loved to learn and he loved to race. He was inquisitive and investigative. I am hopeful that this foundation will initiate learning, inspire others and help raise the bar for increased rider safety. Kurt would be proud, as am I, to promote this foundation’s effort to better protect current and future racers for years to come. Thank you to all for your support in his memory.”
Some of the proceeds from the Caselli Foundation will go towards scholarships for high school seniors. Caselli’s sister, Carolyn, is an English Teacher at Corcoran High School in California; she knows the importance of inspiration and how the scholarship can affect the youth.
Carolyn Caselli says: “My brother Kurt had an amazing job doing what he loved. He inspired thousands of young riders to follow their dreams. I believe, and I know Kurt would agree, that the beauty of living your dreams is not only in the courage to dream large, but also, and more importantly, in the learning, dedication, and hard work required for turning those dreams into reality. I am proud to create this scholarship encouraging the hard work it takes to live your dreams. In this way, Kurt’s legacy will continue forward not just in the off-road community, but in the lives of all young believers.”
The Caselli Foundation Chairman position will be held by Kurt’s fiancée Sarah White. White has worked with Factory FMF/KTM Team Manager, Antti Kallonen, to also use proceeds from the Caselli Foundation to help fund new technology for increased rider safety in off-road racing competitions, KTM reports.
Antti Kallonen says: “Any racing is dangerous but especially desert racing because of high-speeds and the long distance covered. It is harder to receive help right away since it’s not a closed circuit format. We feel the Caselli Foundation would be a great opportunity to help find suitable safety equipment that can be used in any kind of racing in the US and across the world that can one day be compatible with all promoters and competitions.”
All proceeds from the Caselli Memorial Ride Day will be given to the Caselli Foundation. All proceeds from any of the Kurt Caselli memorial stickers or t-shirts sold through FMF will also be earmarked for the foundation., KTM says.
KTM North America, Inc.
c/o: Caselli Foundation
38429 Innovation Court
Murrieta, CA 92563
More details on the official site for the foundation will be released once developed.
Besides earning multiple off-road AMA and WORCS titles, and International Six Days Enduro medals, Caselli competed in the grandaddy of all desert races in January – the Dakar Rally.
During the 2013 Dakar Rally, Caselli replaced the injured Marc Coma, a three-time Dakar winner. The California native would impress with two stage wins, though he finished 31st overall due to a navigational error.
For more on Caselli’s untimely passing, click here.