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Nationwide Blood and Marrow Drives Set for September

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 16, 2006) – Michigan International Speedway’s Spirit of America 500 Blood Drive on September 11, has gone national.  The NASCAR Foundation, in partnership with the Hendrick Marrow Program and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, will launch The NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive at select tracks nationwide set to take place in September. 

The NASCAR Foundation is building on the success of MIS’ Blood Drive, by providing unique experiences at many different tracks that bring out the goodwill and community pride in all race fans. 

This September, The NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive will be at tracks from coast-to-coast so that all race fans may get involved.  To date, 13 tracks are participating:  Michigan International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, California Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Daytona International Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Watkins Glen International. Additionally, Hendrick Motorsports is also participating. 

“My work with the American Red Cross has shown me the importance of blood donations,” said Jimmie Johnson, driver of Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet.  “The NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive is a great way to build awareness within the NASCAR family, and I encourage fans everywhere to get involved and participate.”

In addition to giving blood, fans are also encouraged to join the National Marrow Donor Program® Registry of volunteer marrow donors.  Every day, thousands of patients with life-threatening diseases that could be treated with a marrow transplant are searching the Registry for a donor. 

“I have learned through my personal experience how important the National Marrow Donor Program Registry is to patients in search of hope,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports.  “Joining the Registry is a quick, pain-free process that could save someone’s life.  The NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive is a wonderful way to help those in need and have a little fun at the same time.”

For more information on the National Blood and Marrow Drive, participating tracks and how you can get involved, visit www.nascar.com/foundation. 

About The NASCAR Foundation
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched the NASCAR Foundation in January 2006.  The Foundation is a 501 © (3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities.  The Foundation supports a wide range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the entire NASCAR Family.  The NASCAR Foundation will use strength of the sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.  For more information on the NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website:  www.nascar.com/foundation.

About the Jimmie Johnson Foundation
Chandra and Jimmie Johnson announced the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006.  Jimmie Johnson drives the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet in NASCAR’s top series, the Nextel Cup.  The mission of the Foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States.  The Foundation strives to help everyone, particularly children, pursue their dreams.  For more information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.

About the Hendrick Marrow Program
Rick Hendrick, Chairman and CEO of Hendrick Motorsports, established the Hendrick Marrow Program at The Marrow Foundation in 1997 after he was diagnosed with leukemia. Even though he did not need a marrow transplant himself, he wanted to help other patients who did not have the resources to find a marrow match or to cover the uninsured transplant-related costs that are often barriers to treatment. The Hendrick Marrow Program works in collaboration with The Marrow Foundation to increase access to transplantation by raising support for the Foundation’s partner, the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), in two key areas: donor recruitment and patient assistance.

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