Talladega Superspeedway Laps For Life: A Blood & Marrow Drive For Alabama is only a few days away, and track officials urge everyone to pre-register online at www.nascar.com/foundation prior to the Monday, Sept. 11 event. Every donor participating will receive a goody bag and free track tour offering a sneak-peek at the track's newly-completed racing surface.
Also, signing up in advance will enable donors to take advantage of even more incentives. Track officials announced last week that Racing Experience, Inc. has donated a driving school experience to be awarded to one lucky pre-registered donor, and everyone who pre-registers online will also receive a free Talladega Superspeedway hat when they show up Monday to donate blood.
"We are very excited about starting the week with Laps For Life: A Blood & Marrow Drive For Alabama, and welcome everyone who can participate," said Talladega Superspeedway Vice President and General Manager Rick Humphrey. "Even if you don't have the time to sign up in advance, please stop by to donate on Monday. The simple act of participating in this drive may be the greatest gift you could ever give to someone."
Talladega Superspeedway and the American Red Cross will welcome potential donors* to sign in at the North Tunnel, then proceed inside the track's infield to the Goodyear Building between the hours of 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11. *Please note: Prospective donors will be allowed to bring only one non-donor guest.
Talladega Superspeedway Laps For Life: A Blood & Marrow Drive For Alabama is part of a nationwide effort among multiple tracks. The NASCAR Foundation, in partnership with the American Red Cross, Hendrick Marrow Program and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation announced in June at Michigan International Speedway that it would build upon MIS's annual Spirit of America 500 Blood Drive by providing unique experiences at many different tracks that bring out the goodwill and community pride in all race fans. In addition to giving blood, fans are also encouraged to join the National Marrow Donor Program's 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.
Other participating tracks and organizations are Michigan International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, California Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Dover International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, Watkins Glen International and Hendrick Motorsports.
Talladega Superspeedway will welcome fans back for the UAW-Ford 500 event weekend set for Oct. 6-8, 2006, featuring 1,000 miles of racing in 3 days. The weekend begins with the Food World 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series race on Friday, Oct. 6, followed by the track's inaugural NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 7. Then on Sunday, Oct. 8, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams will compete in the UAW-Ford 500, race four in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of charge on Friday and Saturday of race weekends in the general admission grandstands at Talladega Superspeedway. To order tickets, call 1-877-Go2-DEGA (1-877-462-3342). For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). Tickets also are available online at www.racetickets.com, or in person by visiting the Talladega Superspeedway Ticket Office from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT, Monday - Friday.