Hundreds Drive Around Track to Raise Money for Children
“Jaylen’s Car Wash” benefitting Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, The NASCAR Foundation is huge success
San Bernardino County, Calif. (May 10, 2010) – Hundreds of Southern Californians showed an outpouring of generosity by bringing their dirty cars to “Jaylen’s Car Wash” at Auto Club Speedway today. Money raised from the charity car wash benefits Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) and The NASCAR Foundation.
For just a $10 donation, those visiting Auto Club Speedway pulled onto pit road and had their cars washed in a simulated “pit stop” by volunteers from Auto Club Speedway, followed by a lap around the track to dry the car – the very same track that NASCAR stars will be battling side-by-side when the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff race – the Pepsi 400 returns to Southern California on Sunday, October 10.
Each donation also came with a 2010 NASCAR Day collectible lapel pin.
“It’s incredible that so many people came to get their car washed and were able to take spin around the track to support Loma Linda and The NASCAR Foundation,” said Gillian Zucker, Auto Club Speedway president. “It’s great to be part of such a worthy cause that has such a huge impact on our local community.”
“Jaylen’s Car Wash” is named after four-year-old Jaylen, a LLUCH heart patient that has a dream of becoming a NASCAR driver when he grows up. Auto Club Speedway wanted to help by hosting “Jaylen’s Car Wash” to help raise funds for LLUCH and The NASCAR Foundation, which supports a wide range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the entire NASCAR Family.
Anyone that missed “Jaylen’s Car Wash” at Auto Club Speedway will have a second opportunity to get their car washed all in the name of charity. For a $10 donation, on NASCAR Day, Friday, May 21 Bass Pro Shops at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga will hold its own “Jaylen’s Car Wash” from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. in front of the store located on Victoria Gardens Lane. Every car washed also comes with a 2010 NASCAR Day collectible pin.
NASCAR Day collectable lapel pins are also available for a $5 donation at the Auto Club Speedway ticket office, online at www.autoclubspeedway.com/nascarday or any Stater Bros. Supermarkets until Sunday, May 23.
Every car washed and donation for the NASCAR Day pins makes a huge difference for those in need. Since 2008, Auto Club Speedway has raised over $131,000 for charity during its NASCAR Day efforts.
For more information on “Jaylen’s Car Wash” at Bass Pro Shops, visit www.nascar.com/foundation.
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About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital- LLUCH
The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated children’s hospital in the vast geographic region of the San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 277 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in the country, and more than 100,000 children that come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility for Loma Linda University and is part of the Loma Linda University health care system. Known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation, LLUCH has performed more infant heart transplants than any other center of its kind. For more information on Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital visit www.lomalindahealth.org/childrens-hospital.
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(c)(3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation seeks to raise funds and increase volunteerism to support non-profit charities and charitable causes throughout the nation with an emphasis placed on initiatives that affect the ability of children to live, learn and play. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: www.NASCAR.com/foundation.
About NASCAR Day
Annually celebrated on the third Friday in May, NASCAR Day is a charitable celebration of the NASCAR spirit that enables fans and partners to join together to make a difference in the lives of children. NASCAR Day encourages fans to make a $5 donation for a collectible lapel pin which in turn will support programs that help children live happier, healthier lives. Since it began in 2004, NASCAR Day has raised nearly $8 million for charity. Bring your family and friends to a NASCAR Day service project and experience how together you can improve the lives of those we care about the most. Visit www.NASCAR.com/NASCARDay to register as a NASCAR Day team member, to find out about volunteer opportunities or to learn more about how The NASCAR Foundation is helping children in need.
About Auto Club Speedway
Don’t get left behind when Danica Patrick returns to Auto Club Speedway for the CampingWorld.com 300 – NNS race on Saturday, Oct. 9. Then come back for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff race – the Pepsi 400 on Sunday, Oct. 10, for as low as $35, to witness four-time consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson attempt his record breaking sixth win at Auto Club Speedway.
With free admission for children 12 and under in effect for events on Friday and Saturday of race weekend, families experiencing Auto Club Speedway can also take advantage of free parking, bring in their own food, or partake in the unbelievable menu items on site as well as other cost-savings opportunities while enjoying a full weekend of entertainment and fun at the Speedway’s Opportunity, California FanZone.
For more information or to purchase tickets to NASCAR Weekend at Auto Club Speedway call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.