BMW Charity Pro-Am to Benefit from World Record Drift Event

Greenville, SC - 04/10/2013

On Saturday, May 11, Johan Schwartz, one of the BMW Performance Center’s driving instructors, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for drifting in a BMW M5 sedan. Fans are invited to attend the event, which will benefit the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation.
Drifting is a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, causing a loss of traction in the rear wheels. Schwartz will attempt to beat the current record of almost 6.95 miles, which was set by Abdo Feghali on February 15, 2013 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
“I had no idea that my attempt to break the Guinness World Record would create the excitement that it has,” said Schwartz. “It’s fun when you can share your passion and make a difference at the same time.”
The World Record Drift event will occur on Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m., and guests may arrive as early as noon. The attempt will take place on the BMW Performance Center’s skid pad, which is used during the BMW Performance Center’s Driving School to teach students how to control a skid and how to drive a car properly both in terms of performance and defensive driving. Schwartz’s goal is to drift for 40 miles, which is equivalent to 251 laps on the skid pad.
Those interested in attending the event are urged to pledge donations, which will benefit South Carolina Charities, Inc., the non-profit that manages the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation.
Donations start as low as $5. All donations $20 and above include a ticket to attend the 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, which takes place May 16-19. For a $50 donation, you can even get your name on the M5 that will be used during the World Record Drift attempt. Those in attendance at the event will have the opportunity to pledge additional funds for the chance to drive the new M6 on track, the X5 on an off-road course and a ride with a driving instructor for a hot lap.
For all of the event details and to watch a teaser video of Schwartz drifting at the BMW Performance Center, visit Fans can visit or “like” the World Record Drift Facebook page,, to get regular updates about the event.
Born and raised in Denmark, Schwartz began his racing career as a child on the family farm. In 2001, he made it his full-time career when he started Endurance Karting, an arrive-and-drive karting program, which holds events up and down the East Coast. He has raced SCCA, Grand Am and this year will be campaigning a MINI in World Challenge support series for Indy Car. Schwartz has been a driving instructor at the BMW Performance Center since 2011.
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The 2013 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will take place May 16-19 at Thornblade Club, Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course and, new for 2013, The Reserve at Lake Keowee.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the PGA TOUR’s Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Tour professionals in a four-day better-ball competition over three courses. Amateurs, celebrities and pros rotate between three courses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the 16 lowest scoring pro-amateur/pro-celebrity teams advancing to play Sunday’s final round at Thornblade Club. Celebrities play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $117,000 from the total purse of $650,000.
Twenty-four celebrities are scheduled to compete in this year’s tournament including Anthony Anderson, Steve Azar, Brad Brownell, Mark Bryan, Andy Buckley, Javier Colon, Jay DeMarcus, Jeffrey Donovan, Dean Felber, Wayne Gretzky, Oliver Hudson, Janet Jones-Gretzky, George Lopez, Danny Masterson, Edwin McCain, Craig T. Nelson, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Pena, Joe Don Rooney, Kurt Russell, Wyatt Russell, Paula Trickey, Gary Valentine and Patrick Warburton.
Since 2001, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has raised more than $9.25 million for 150+ charities. The tournament is a leading charity event on the Tour.
The 2013 charities include: 100 Black Men of the Upstate, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greenville, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Spartanburg, Dogs for Autism, The First Tee of Greenville, Greenville Tech Foundation, Inc., Harvest Hope Food Bank, JDRF – Greater Western Carolinas Chapter, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg, National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), New Foundations Home for Children, Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS), Play Safe, Inc., The Reserve at Lake Keowee Charitable Foundation, Ronald McDonald House of the Carolinas, Scottish Rite Foundation, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville, Spiritual Two-A-Days, and The Walker Foundation for the S.C. School for the Deaf and Blind.
The charities earn funds through tournament-sponsored programs including ticket sales, volunteer recruitment, and one-day pro-am team sales.
When patrons purchase tickets online at, 100 percent of the purchase price of$10, $25 and $50 tickets can be donated to one of the tournament’s charities. Volunteers can earn funds for their favorite tournament charity by choosing one of the 20 charity partners to benefit from their workdays as a volunteer. Also, charities that sell a team in one of the tournament’s one-day pro-ams will retain 50% of the purchase price.
Complimentary daily grounds admission is granted for all active duty, retired, Reserve military and veterans, along with their dependents; a valid ID is required for entry. Complimentary daily grounds admission is also granted to all youth 14 and under who are accompanied by an adult ticket holder.
Founded, owned and operated by the PGA TOUR, the Tour identifies those players who are ready to compete and win on golf’s greatest stage. Beginning in 2013, all 50 available PGA TOUR cards for each new season will come through the Tour.
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For more information about the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation call (864) 297-1660, visit the tournament’s website or follow the tournament’s social media pages at and @BMWCharityProAm.

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