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.”

Webber: “Obviously devastation of this enormity leaves you feeling quite empty for the loss of life and property that the people here have had to deal with. … What became very obvious to me today is that among all of the mass destruction, there is an absolute determination to rebuild these communities and businesses. I think as a bigger community we need to make sure we assist this process as much as we can and return to these areas and support these businesses.”

Meanwhile, Hamilton told local media that he “had been inspired by their resilience and courage.” Hamilton: “We can’t imagine what they’ve gone through, but to see the smiles on their faces and how strong they are, it gives me inspiration” (ITV-F1.com, 3/25).

Denny Hamlin: In conjunction with FedEx’s participation in March for Babies events around the country this April, the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota of Denny Hamlin will don a special paint scheme during the April 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality. FedEx has supported the March of Dimes since 1979 (March for Babies).