NASCAR Driver Mark Martin Presents Check to Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, The NASCAR Foundation
PHOTO CAPTION: Shown from left to right are: Dr. Richard Chinnock, Children’s Hospital chief of pediatrics; Children’s Hospital administrator Zareh Sarrafian; NASCAR driver Mark Martin, 4-year-old Children’s Hospital heart patient Jaylen Morris, carried by his dad, Martin Morris; Auto Club Speedway president Gillian Zucker; Stater Bros. Senior Regional VP Dan Meyer and Kim Kingi representative with The NASCAR Foundation.
San Bernardino County, Calif. (June 17, 2010) – NASCAR driver Mark Martin not only made hundreds of Auto Club Speedway Hard Card season ticket holders happy, he made thousands of children at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) and one little boy in the audience feel the same way.
Today, fresh off his 16th place finish at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, the driver of the No. 5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet made a quick trip South, en route to this weekend’s race in Northern California to take part in an exclusive Auto Club Speedway Hard Card Members Q&A session with over 300 season ticket holders at Impulse, located in the Speedway’s Opportunity, California FanZone.
When asked about his plans in the near future and in the next five years, Martin responded “I see myself in the five car next year,” which was followed by a thunderous applause from Hard Card members.
He went on to say, “It’s a stretch to see me as an owner. I would only do that under the same kind of conditions that Tony Stewart did, and I don’t have as much to bring because I can’t drive the car long term, nor would I really want to long term like Tony can. So that’s a long shot.
“There are some options formulating.
“What I’d really really love to do is get tied up with someone that I could help them with the experience I have and the things I have learned and be able to add something and make enough of a program better and stronger. I think that would make me feel really good and it would also keep me involved in racing.”
Martin also took part in a check presentation ceremony which saw Auto Club Speedway and Stater Bros. Supermarket officials present a check for more than $26,000 to LLUCH and The NASCAR Foundation. Present to accept the check on behalf of LLUCH was Jaylen Morris, a four-year-old heart patient who has a dream of becoming a NASCAR driver when he grows up. All were elated at the presentation.
“Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital is tremendously grateful to Auto Club Speedway, The NASCAR Foundation and Stater Bros. Supermarkets for their recent efforts on behalf of LLUCH. It would not be possible for us to provide care for our children without the help of these outstanding community partners. Thank you for all that you have done,” said Zareh Sarrafian, Administrator, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
The monies raised were a result of two Auto Club Speedway “Jaylen’s Car Washes” in support of NASCAR Day across the nation. More than 600 cars were washed at the Speedway on pit road to kick off NASCAR Day festivities on May 10 and two weeks later another car wash was held at Bass Pro Shops in Rancho Cucamonga. Turtle Wax®, the world leader in car care, donated all of the car care product used during “Jaylen’s Car Wash” and each participant drove away with a sample of Turtle Wax’s latest product Turtle Wax ICE.
Additionally, over 3,500 NASCAR Day collectible lapel pins were given to customers who stopped by Stater Bros. Supermarkets in San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego and Kern counties in exchange for a $5 donation.
Since 2008, Auto Club Speedway has raised over $150,000 for local charities during its NASCAR Day efforts.
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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 Stater Bros.
Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2009 of $3.77 billion. The Company currently operates 167 Supermarkets, and there are over 19,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family. Stater Bros. donated more than $14 million last year in support of nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves and is the proud recipient of the “2010 Community Service Award” from America’s Supermarket Industry.
About Auto Club Speedway
This October the playoffs go golden! The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup roars into the Golden State and Southern California's Auto Club Speedway. Experience a weekend full of speed beginning with NASCAR Qualifying Day (Oct. 8), followed by the NNS CampingWorld.com 300 (Oct. 9) and culminating with Southern California’s “playoff” race – the Pepsi 400 (Oct. 10).
Free parking, unbelievable menu items and a full weekend of entertainment, live music and fun await fans in the Speedway’s Opportunity, California FanZone.
Pepsi 400 tickets start at $35 and AAA members receive Show Your Card & Save discounts, including a special section with half-priced tickets for kids 12 and under. And don’t forget children 12 and under can sign up for the FREE Auto Club Speedway Lefty’s Kids Club membership to receive FREE admission on Friday and Saturday.
For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com