Edwards Pinked Out to Support Susan G. Komen

60 Edward Save aLot Pink 275You can expect to see several race cars across the three national NASCAR series carry pink paint schemes throughout the month of October. Teams, sponsors and drivers have a history of coming together to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

One of those sponsors is Save-A-Lot food stores, which is covering its No. 60 Roush Racing Nationwide Series Ford with a sharp pink scheme that features the popular ribbon. Championship contender Carl Edwards will pilot the “pinked-out” No. 60 Save-A-Lot Ford in today’s race at Kansas Speedway, and again for the October 24th event at Memphis Motorsports Park.

The effort is in partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer advocacy organization. Save-A-Lot has pledged $100,000 to aid in the fight against breast cancer and to raise awareness through the millions of NASCAR fans at the track and watching from home.

NHRA’s Peggy Llewellyn Joins Divas for a Cure

Peggy Llewellyn 275hNHRA pro stock motorcyclist Peggy Llewellyn, the first woman of color in the world to win a professional motorsports event, is among several athletes pitching in for cancer awareness efforts. Llewellyn just started a year-long stint as a spokesperson for Divas For A Cure to promote breast cancer awareness in Black and Latina/Hispanic communities.

“It takes two of my passions, which are motorcycles and reaching out to my community, and use them to raise awareness of breast cancer,” said Llewellyn, who is of Mexican and Jamaican descent.

Divas For A Cure is a national service-based nonprofit organization dedicated to raising cancer awareness through early detection, education, screenings and supporting research for eradicating cancer among women, specifically Black and Latina/Hispanic. [Read more…]

Busch Tapped for Operation Homefront Effort

Kurt Busch 275Miller Lite has already agreed to donate $200,000 to Operation Homefront, but that amount could increase with the help of Penske Racing driver Kurt Busch and his No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge. Miller Lite will add $10,000 to the pot for every top-ten finish Busch scores at the Kansas, Charlotte, Martinsville, Talladega and Texas NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

“I’ve always been honored to drive the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, with its longstanding sponsorship of the sport,” said Busch, whose ride will also sport a special paint scheme. “But when the brand steps up like this and makes such a generous gesture to the military, something I believe very strongly in, I am even more proud to be a part of the Miller Lite family.” [Read more…]

Motorsports: Science Foundation Using NASCAR to Teach Students; Autism Awareness Month Gets a Push

Science of Speed

Who says NASCAR just goes around in circles? The National Science Foundation is tapping into the science of the sport to help improve students’ test scores. Also, Autism Awareness Month is prominent in the NASCAR circle (no pun intended), as two organizations are doing their part to support the cause. Then there’s notes on Ambrose, Gwynn, Petty and Hamlin.

The Science of Speed: The National Science Foundation has partnered with NASCAR to release a new online series of videos called The Science of Speed with the hopes of improving science scores among students grades 8-12. The video series reveals the sophisticated science and engineering behind NASCAR racing to teach science. [Read more…]

Motorsports: F1 Drivers Visit with Australian Bushfires Victims; Hamlin Set to Run March for Babies Scheme

Mark Webber

The Australian Grand Prix weekend gave F1 drivers, including Aussie Mark Webber, an opportunity to support the victims of the bushfires last month. Here in the states, FedEx announced that it will again support March for Babies through its NASCAR tie.

Formula One: With F1 racing in Australia a couple of weeks ago, ITV-F1.com noted that Australian Mark Webber, as well as McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen, showed their support for victims of the bushfires that “swept across the state of Victoria last month, claiming more than 200 lives and destroying thousands of homes.” [Read more…]

Young Racer Austin Harris Spokesperson for National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Racecar driver Austin Harris is pushing the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Harris, will serve as a spokesperson for the Center’s national safety campaign, Take 25, which encourages parents, guardians and communities to take 25 minutes to talk to children about important safety issues (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children).

A Busy Weekend in Atlanta for Racing Community

NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson and Bobby Labonte made school visits in the Atlanta area while they were in town for the race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kasey Kahne threw a concert, and Jeff Gordon gets to look forward to picking up a Boy Scouts of America award. It doesn’t stop at that. There’s more after the jump.

Scoring for Schools

Jimmie Johnson: Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson was pushing sponsor Kobalt Tools’ Tough Tools for Cool Schools program this past weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Last Friday, Johnson visited an Atlanta area high school to donate a set of Kobalt Tools. Under the program, Lowe’s, Kobalt Tools and SkillsUSA have partnered to provide approximately $300,000 worth of Kobalt Tools to more than 500 SkillsUSA Building and Construction Trade Classes and Labs across the country. [Read more…]

F1’s David Coulthard Profiled for His Work as Ambassador for Wings for Life Charity

Coulthard's Red Bull F1 care

In Scotland, Brian McIver wrote that when Formula 1 driver David Coulthard “has any spare time, he is busy trying to help cure paralysis.” Coulthard is an ambassador for Wings for Life, which helps fund research into curing paraplegia and quadriplegia.

Coulthard: “Of all the injuries and disabilities you can have, this is particularly cruel, especially for a young person. For a large part of my adult life, I’ve been surrounded by people who have these kinds of injuries and, not just to say nice words, I am sincerely amazed and inspired by way they deal with the realities of the situation they find themselves in. I just cannot imagine how you would cope.”

McIver noted that Coulthard joined Wings for Life when he joined the Red Bull F1 team, “after being inspired by the courage” of mentor and Williams F1 Owner Frank Williams. Coulthard: “Frank Williams, who is quadraplegic following a car crash, continued to build a business and win world championships and grand prix using only his brain, with no physical contribution. That shows amazing mental strength.”

Meanwhile, McIver wrote that Coulthard “attends and supports various events for the charity, but his most notable involvement so far” has been his final F1 race, the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, “when he had his car decked out with the Wings For Life logo” (Brian McIver, The Daily Record, 1/29). Read the entire article from The Daily Record

Photo credit: Red Bull F1

Mutombo Hosting DC Party; Hamm’s Event Nears $200k; More Barrett-Jackson News

Dikembe Mutombo Foundation

NBA player Dikembe Mutombo is hosting a Presidential Inauguration party tonight in DC. Mutombo’s Party with a Purpose event is benefiting the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, which provides comprehensive and innovative public health services in Africa to address urgent medical needs and preventable diseases (Dikembe Mutombo Foundation).

Hamm’s Soccer Challenge: MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger covered the Mia Hamm/Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge on Saturday, and wrote that the event “raised nearly $200,000” for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Mia Hamm Foundation. The event also “encouraged the thousands of fans in attendance to register” for the National Marrow Donor Program Registry.

At halftime, “patients suffering from leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases were introduced for the first time to their bone marrow donors.”

Hamm: “The more we can spread the word, the better. We can’t do justice by just verbalizing, so stopping and registering can save a life. And we saw that today” (Rhett Bollinger, MLB.com, 1/17). Read the entire article from MLB.com

Auction Block: As previously reported on Progress Avenue, last weekend’s Barrett-Jackson auction raised over $1 million for the Hendrick Marrow Program and the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. In Phoenix, Cathy Luebke noted that the Darrell Gwynn Foundation “raised another $165,000 Sunday as … Tony Stewart’s 2007 Monte Carlo hit the block.” Meanwhile, Jack Roush’s 2008 Roush Mustang GT “brought in $100,000” for Speedway Children’s Charities.

Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis: “In today’s unique economic environment, these groups need extra support to continue changing lives” (Cathy Luebke, Phoenix Business Journal, 1/18). Read the entire article from Phoenix Business Journal

Barrett-Jackson Auction Nets Over $1 Million for Two Organizations; Talladega Honored

Barrett-Jackson

During the annual Barrett-Jackson collector car auction yesterday in Scottsdale, Ariz., two cars were sold to benefit organizations connected with individuals involved in motorsports.

A 1970 Plymouth Superbird Richard Petty Custom Tribute fetched $551,100 for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, which will use the funds to benefit spinal cord research. Meanwhile, one of Hendrick Motorsports’ 2006 No. 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Monte Carlo racecars sold for $550,000, with proceeds go to the Hendrick Marrow Program (Barrett-Jackson).

Super Speedway: Talladega Superspeedway received the Community Service Award from the Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce this week. The award recognizes businesses for their contributions to the community and betterment of the Talladega area (Talladega Superspeedway).

News & Notes: Run for a Reason at Houston Marathon; Saints’ Winter Charity Game

Run for a Reason: In Houston, Roberta MacInnis profiled this Sunday’s Chevron Houston Marathon’s Run for a Reason charity program. MacInnis: “You don’t have to organize your own fundraising effort; you can simply contribute to one of the more than 40 sponsored organizations, either on your own by giving to a running buddy who’s already enrolled in the program” (Roberta MacInnis, Houston Chronicle, 1/14). Read the entire note from Houston Chronicle. Image note: The American Liver Association is a sponsoring organization.

Oddball? The CP reported that the the independent St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team “announced its latest oddball promotion” yesterday. A five-inning charity game will pit current and past Saints players against a collection of celebrities on February 28 at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, Minn. Admission “won’t be charged, and proceeds from concession stands will be donated to” local food shelf Second Harvest Heartland. Donations from fans “are encouraged” (CP, 1/14).

The Force: Fourteen-time NHRA champion John Force will be the guest speaker at the fourth annual Speedway Children’s Charities Mel Larson Night of Champions Dinner on April 1 in Las Vegas. All proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Las Vegas chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (Speedway Charities).

Charity Stripe: In Texas, Corey Roepken writes that League City, Texas, will host the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship for the tenth year on January 24. This event “is held throughout the country,” and last year “more than 180,000 kids participated in more than 3,000 local competitions” (Corey Roepken, Galveston Daily News, 1/15). Read the entire article from Galveston Daily News.

Real Men Wear Pink: Patrick Dempsey Supporting Avon Walk at Daytona 24 Hour

Patrick Dempsey

During the 2009 Rolex 24 at Daytona later this month, Patrick Dempsey and his Hyper Sport Racing team will support Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. The partnership with the Avon Foundation will add a little bit of pink to Dempsey’s No. 40 Mazda and the team’s uniforms.

Demspey: “Real men can wear pink. All of us at Dempsey Racing are proud to partner with the Avon Foundation in its fight against breast cancer. By wearing pink on our suits and on our cars, we hope to raise awareness for this important cause and for an extraordinary series of events: the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.”

Dempsey added, “To help inspire fundraising for this important cause, there will be a special contest for top fundraisers – you can visit the web site avonwalk.org for details on how you can win a chance to meet me and my racing team” (Avon Foundation).

Photo credit: Hyper Sport Racing