You Are Here: Skip Navigation LinksHome > The Band of Angels Blog

Michigan’s Capaldi Racing + Grand Prix to support Band of Angels and raise awareness of Down syndrome

Friday, May 24, 2013 @ 2:57 PM

Media Contact: Sara Przybylski: EAFocus Communications; c: 248.877.9200;; Cynthia Hutchison: Band of Angels; c: 248.760.0398;
Rochester Hills, MI – May 24, 2013 - Michigan-based Band of Angels, an international outreach organization dedicated to helping individuals with Down Syndrome, autism and other cognitive challenges reach their full potential, will be playing a role in this year’s Detroit Grand Prix. The opportunity is courtesy of Roseville based Wolverine Bronze, a jobbing foundry serving the automotive, aircraft and aerospace industries and a primary-sponsor of Capaldi Racing, a Michigan-based professional race team with more than 30 years of experience.  
As Capaldi Racing travels the country participating in various races, it is using a Band of Angels branded race car, t-shirts and publicity on the racing circuit to raise awareness of Band of Angels mission to maximize the capabilities and opportunities of those with Down syndrome and other cognitive impairments. This summer, individuals affiliated with the Band of Angels organization will serve as the flag carrier for brothers Chris and Craig Capaldi, who hail from Macomb County.
“Chris Capaldi was at the Circuit of the Americas race in Austin, Texas earlier this month and a young boy with Down syndrome was the flag carrier for Chris. The boy had the experience of a lifetime taking pictures with the racing team and getting an up-close experience into the racing world,” said Cynthia Hutchison, CEO and founder of Band of Angels.
Hutchison’s son Jordan, who has Down syndrome, will be the flag carrier on June 2 at the Grand Prix race in Detroit.
“Capaldi Racing and Wolverine Bronze have been wonderful spokespersons for Down syndrome and Band of Angels since 2011,” said Hutchison. “The unique opportunities they provide through professional racing takes the message of the potential of individuals with Down syndrome and other cognitive impairments to an entirely new audience.  To be a part of the Grand Prix race tradition in Detroit makes this experience particularly meaningful.”
The 2013 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix runs May 31 – June 2 on the raceway at Belle Isle. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. and the Capaldi flag carrying is expected to be at approximately 11 a.m. on June 2. To purchase tickets, visit the Grand Prix website.
About Capaldi Racing
Capaldi Racing is a professional race team with more than 30 years of racing experience and offers a wide range of racing services and products. The company’s goal is to provide the best services, equipment, crew and results to ensure an enjoyable and rewarding experience for the drivers and their guests. Capaldi Racing has extensive experience when it comes to road racing Ford and Ford-based vehicles and provides a full service racing experience from car build and prep to trackside support to ongoing maintenance for those interested in racing Ford and Ford-based vehicles. For more information on Capaldi Racing, visit or call 586-949-RACE.

About Band of Angels
Michigan-based Band of Angels was established in 1994 by CEO Cynthia (Kidder) Hutchison, an international advocate for educating, employing and providing inclusive opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome, autism and other cognitive impairments and a 2006 Detroit News Michiganian of the Year. In addition to advocacy and coordinating activities that lead to greater independence, Band of Angels produces the Halo with a Twist® jewelry line and the award-winning Common Threads: Celebrating Life with Down syndrome, which was co-written by Ms. Hutchison and Harvard-educated Brian Skotko, M.D., a leading physician advocate for individuals with Down syndrome and a pediatrician at Children's Hospital in Boston. To learn more about Band of Angels’ mission, please visit