NASCAR Day Now Includes Community Projects

The NASCAR Foundation announced that five community service projects that will take place across the country during NASCAR Day on May 21.

NASCAR Day is an annual charitable celebration of the NASCAR spirit that enables fans and corporate partners to join together to make a difference in the lives of children. Since it began in 2004, NASCAR Day has raised nearly $8 million for charity.

This year marks the first time that the Foundation has taken on multiple national service projects of this magnitude, creating awareness for children’s causes through the NASCAR Day platform.

Fans can help support these initiatives by making a $5 donation for the 2010 NASCAR Day collectible lapel pin or by registering to volunteer at one of the service projects.

Details of “The Big Five” projects: [Read more…]

NASCAR’s Skinner Mixes a Hoe Down with Golf

NASCAR driver Mike Skinner is hosting his 4th Annual Toyota Skinner Round Up for Charity this Thursday and Friday in Daytona. The two day event kicks off with a Hoe Dash Bash on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. Then on Friday, the party heads to Spruce Creek Country Club for a charity golf tournament. Isn’t charity great? How else can you throw an event touting a hoe down and golf?

In its first three years, the event has raised over $500,000 for various Volusia County charities. This year’s charities include Council on Aging, Greyhound Pets of America, Halifax Health Foundation, Second Harvest Food Bank and Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare. Skinner usually brings along some of his friends to help out. This year, celebrities who will be participating include Nashville recording artist Stacy Mitchhart and American Idol’s Bo Bice. NASCAR stars Michael Waltrip, Ron Hornaday, Tommy Baldwin, Rick Crawford, and Steve Park will also be on hand, as will WSOP pro Tristan Wade.

NASCAR: Several Cars Go Pink for Breast Cancer

55919256The October NASCAR weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway has had a touch of pink for years. The primetime event is a perfect opportunity for teams, drivers and sponsors to show their support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Tomorrow night’s Sprint Cup Series race will have Kyle Busch, Michael Waltrip, Bobby Labonte, Elliott Sadler and Bill Elliott wheel pink-themed cars. During tonight’s Nationwide Series race, the entire Braun Racing stable of three cars will be pinked out. The fans can even get in on the cause with tomorrow morning’s Track Walk.

The Pink M&M: M&M’s, which has a history of partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, has once again taken that partnership to the racetrack. During tomorrow night’s Sprint Cup Series NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 M&M’s Toyota of Kyle Busch will feature a nice pink paint scheme (M&M’s).

NAPA Goes Pink: Michael Waltrip’s No. 55 NAPA Toyota will sport a touch of pink during the Saturday’s event at Lowe’s Motor Speedway to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Waltrip’s sponsor, NAPA, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure have teamed up to raise $250,000 for the important cause. During the month of October, consumers who spend $25 or more at participating NAPA Auto Parts Stores or NAPA AutoCare Centers will receive a free NAPA/Susan G. Komen for the Cure travel mug (Michael Waltrip Racing). [Read more…]

Official Jail & Bail Featuring NASCAR Celebrities

Brienne Davis Scholarship FundThe second annual Official Jail & Bail charity event is set for this Wednesday in Davidson, N.C. The event, which features NASCAR celebrities being “locked up” and having to raise their bail, benefits the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund.

NASCAR celebrities expected to participate include: AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Jason Leffler, Juan Pablo Montoya, David Stremme, Wendy Venturini, Scott Speed, Brian Vickers, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne, Reed Sorenson and Marcos Ambrose. In addition, country music star Rodney Atkins will be the headline performer.

Brienne Davis, a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series official, died tragically at the age of 28. The Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund was created to encourage women to seek a career in the automotive industry and is intended to provide an opportunity for a qualified female student who wishes to attend one of 12 Universal Technical Institute campuses across the U.S. The event is supported by Best Buy and Insignia.

Johnson’s Helmet of Hope Includes 12 Charities

Jimmie Johnson Foundation 2009 Car 275The Jimmie Johnson Foundation will be featured on Johnson’s No. 48 Lowe’s Chevy this weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif, for the October 11 Pepsi 400.

While Johnson’s Chevy will be visible by millions this weekend, the charitable effort extends well beyond the quarter panels. His racing helmet will feature 12 fan and media-nominated charities that were selected for the organization’s Helmet of Hope initiatve. The helmet is intended to give race fans and members of the NASCAR family the opportunity to recognize charities of personal significance.

As part of the initative, each charity received a grant of $1,048 from the foundation. In addition, t-shirts featuring the logos of each charity currently are on sale for $10 with 100% of the proceeds to be divided among the 12 organizations. [Read more…]

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.

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…]

Stewart Joins Office Depot for Backpack Program

Office Dept Backpack  Program 275With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in Kansas City this weekend, championship contender Tony Stewart is getting a head start on the weekend. Stewart, who is sponsored by Office Depot, is joining the Office Depot Foundation this afternoon to donate more than 2,200 backpacks to Kansas City-area nonprofit organizations and schools. The “Back-To-School Backpack Celebration” takes place on site at an area Office Depot store.

The backpack program is a cornerstone of the Office Depot Foundation. The organization will have donated over two million backpacks by the end of 2009. But it doesn’t stop with backpacks. [Read more…]

Team Lowe’s Drivers Raise Funds for Red Cross

TeamLowesRacing 150NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson and American Le Mans Series drivers Adrian Fernandez and Luis Diaz Raced for Relief this weekend, and as a result of their efforts, Lowe’s donated $29,295, including $4,800 for Johnson’s victory finish, to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which helps people affected by disasters like the floods in Georgia. Johnson completed 400 laps during his victory at Dover, Del. Sunday while Fernandez and Diaz raced for 353 miles in their race at Road Atlanta on Saturday.

The $29,295 is in addition to the $250,000 Lowe’s donated to the American Red Cross last week. Lowe’s stores across Georgia continue to serve as official cash donation sites for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Funds raised will help to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of disasters like the recent floods (Team Lowe’s Racing).

Logano, KaBOOM! Build Playground in Richmond

When the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visited Richmond International Raceway earlier this month, Joe Gibbs Racing prodigy Joey Logano took some time to help build a playground in Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood. The project was led by KaBOOM!, in association with partners such as The Home Depot, which sponsor Logano and his JGR team.

In Richmond, Joe Macenka noted that the project left Church Hill’s municpal park “with shiny playground toys erected in freshly mulched beds, a new tract of community garden plots, and new shrubbery and other landscaping improvements.” Logano: “For starters, it’s a really cool project. But when you’re fortunate enough to do what I get to do for a living and you have a chance to give a little something back, you do it.”

Macenka added that KaBOOM! is “dedicated to providing more opportunities for children to play has created or restored more than 1,000 playgrounds since its inception more than a decade ago” (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/11).

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…]