Laps for Life Blood Drive Set for Sept. 11 at Talladega Superspeedway, International Motorsports Hall of Fame

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TALLADEGA, Ala. – The eighth annual American Red Cross-Talladega Superspeedway “Laps for Life” blood drive returns to Talladega Superspeedway on Wednesday, September 11, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Fox Sports1 Dome (formerly SPEED Dome) at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

Not only will donors be doing an admirable act by giving blood, but will in turn be treated to an incredible day at Talladega Superspeedway that includes a tour of the track and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, as well as the opportunity to take home great track items and prizes. The annual Laps for Life event at TSS began in 2007.

To register online go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: talladega. Follow instructions on the website to complete registration. All preregistered donors will receive two complimentary grandstand tickets to the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19.

On the day of the event there will be five Pit Stops for participants to move through to complete their Laps for Life. The credential will be issued at Pit Stop 1, “Draw for Qualifying,” 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.

After presenting to give blood, 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. For the first 125 participants there will be an additional ticket to the fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola race.

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. After the museum tour, participants will venture outside to board a bus that will take them on a track tour of the famous Talladega Superspeedway. The tour will lead to Pit Stop 4, “Type Testing.”  Here, guests will be given the opportunity to have their photos taken in Gatorade Victory Lane if they bring their camera.

Participants will return to the Hall of Fame for Pit Stop 5, “The Donor Diner,” where they will enjoy a free barbecue sandwich provided by Smoke-N-Hot BBQ.

The American Red Cross, Blood Services, Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Region, which supplies blood to approximately 100 hospitals, needs 600 blood donors each day in order to meet the needs of patients in the region. Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets.

The most competitive racing in NASCAR combined with a mix of southern hospitality returns to Talladega Superspeedway October 18-20, 2013, for the Camping World RV Sales 500 Weekend. For tickets and information visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. This is more than a race…This is Talladega!

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