Laps For Life Blood & Marrow Drive To Feature Sneak Peek Of Test Session
If you've got racing in your blood, Laps For Life: A Blood & Marrow Drive For Alabama needs you! Talladega Superspeedway will present its second annual blood and marrow drive on Tuesday, Sept. 11, and officials are excited to announce that this year the drive will have even more to offer participants as a "thank you" for giving the gift of life.
This year, the drive will be held in tandem with the last official test date of the season allowed for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams, so participants in the blood and marrow drive will get a sneak peek of their favorite cars on the legendary 2.66-mile track prior to the UAW-Ford 500.
"Our first Laps For Life Blood & Marrow Drive For Alabama went very well, and this year we wanted to make it even more fun for everyone generous enough to participate," said Talladega Superspeedway Vice President and General Manager Rick Humphrey. "We were thrilled when NASCAR announced that Talladega Superspeedway would be among tracks where teams are granted a test this year, and the timing of the test couldn't have been better for this event. We are grateful NASCAR has agreed to allow us to use this as an incentive for people willing to give to such a good cause."
Laps For Life: A Blood & Marrow Drive For Alabama will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will begin at the Speed Channel Dome in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame adjacent to the track's administration building. Each participant and one guest will receive a special credential for the day that allows access to five different Pit Stops that once completed will compose a "Lap For Life" around Talladega Superspeedway.
The credential will be issued at Pit Stop 1, "Draw For Qualifying" at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Speed Channel Dome where participants will register to have blood drawn for donation, thus qualifying them for the rest of the adventure. There, they also will receive a ticket qualifying them for spectacular door prizes, such as driving school certificates and racing memorabilia.
After giving blood and/or registering for the National Marrow Donor Program Registry, participants will move on to Pit Stop 2, "Souvenir Row," where they'll receive a goody bag filled with special items to commemorate the occasion. From there, they'll move to Pit Stop 3, "Driver's Meeting," to learn more about the history of motorsports by taking a free tour of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum.
Afterward, participants will venture outside to board the tour bus and be transported on a track tour and into the grandstands for Pit Stop 4, "Type Testing" where they'll watch from the grandstands as some of their favorite drivers fine-tune their machines in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series test session of the season. From there, participants will return to the Hall of Fame for Pit Stop 5, "The Donor Diner," where they will enjoy treats provided by Talladega Superspeedway sponsors.
Everyone who pre-registers online will receive a Talladega Superspeedway souvenir hat when they show up at the drive to donate. To register online, go to www.givelife.org and enter the keyword TALLADEGA in the search field. Follow instructions on the web site to complete registration.
Talladega Superspeedway Laps For Life: A Blood & Marrow Drive For Alabama, began last year as 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 2006 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.
Talladega Superspeedway will host its first races of the 2007 NASCAR season during the Aaron's Dream Weekend, featuring the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series and Aaron's 499 NEXTEL Cup Series races. Friday, April 27 will feature The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR Busch Series. Saturday, April 28 will feature The Birmingham News Qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race. Then on Sunday, April 29, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers will compete in the Aaron's 499, the ninth race of the season. Kids age 11 and younger are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a ticketed adult on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available by calling 1-877-Go2-DEGA (462-3342) Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CDT, or by logging onto www.talladegasuperspeedway.com. For our hearing impaired guests, please call TDD 1-866-ISC-TRAK (1-866-472-8725). You may also purchase tickets in person at Talladega Superspeedway's Ticket Office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT, Monday - Friday.