Charitable foundations of NASCAR drivers
NASCAR drivers make a big difference off the track and in communities across the country. Here's a look at drivers' charitable foundations, as well as the causes and initiatives supported by those organizations. Clint Bowyer : The 79 Fund The 79 Fund was established by NASCAR driver and Emporia, Kansas, native Clint Bowyer to benefit the children of Emporia. Clint's desire to use the Emporia Community Foundation for his charity came from knowing the funds could be used in a variety of ways to help the children of Emporia. " Learn more here. Kyle Busch : The Kyle Busch Foundation The Kyle Busch Foundation is committed to empowering children, families and communities to overcome hardship by providing essential tools (financial, material and experiential) to allow them to live their best lives possible, while fostering a stable and inspiring environment to live, learn and challenge themselves, as well as ensuring their day-to-day needs are met. " Learn more here . Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon : Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma's mission is to discover and share the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children. Events such as the Dillon brothers' annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament help benefit the Childress Institute. " Learn more here . Dale Earnhardt Jr .: The Dale Jr. Foundation The Dale Jr. Foundation is a charity dedicated to giving underprivileged individuals with a focus on youth, the resources to improve their confidence and education, and the opportunity to achieve extraordinary goals. " Learn more here . Denny Hamlin : The Denny Hamlin Foundation The Denny Hamlin Foundation is committed to raising awareness and funds for the specific needs of children with cystic fibrosis. They partner with organizations that focus on cystic fibrosis research, treatment advances and overall quality of life care. The Foundation also supports children with other chronic diseases. " Learn more here . Kevin Harvick : The Kevin Harvick Foundation The mission of the Kevin Harvick Foundation is to support programs that positively enrich the lives of children throughout the United States. " Learn more here . Jimmie Johnson : The Jimmie Johnson Foundation The Jimmie Johnson Foundation currently focuses on funding K-12 public education, primarily through the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Champions Grant program, which have been awarded to school projects located in California, Oklahoma and North Carolina, where the Johnsons grew up and currently reside. In addition, each year the Foundation selects five charities that support K-12 public education to be featured on Johnson's Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope. Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope charities receive a cash grant and national exposure on the helmet worn for a select Cup race. Finally, the Team Up For Technology program encourages individuals to nominate a K-12 public or charter school in the United States with the winning school selected to receive a $48,000 cash grant for a technology makeover. " Learn more here . Kasey Kahne : The Kasey Kahne Foundation The Kasey Kahne Foundation is committed to raising awareness and funds for charities supporting chronically ill children and their families. The Kasey Kahne Foundation strives to empower youth and inspire their future through education by donating to programs dedicated to fulfilling children's needs for success. " Learn more here . Brad Keselowski : Brad Keselowski 's Checkered Flag Foundation Brad Keselowski 's Checkered Flag Foundation strives to support those who have sacrificed for our country, to include military members, veterans, first-responders among others. Since its inception, CFF has hosted or participated in events with the Wounded Warrior Project, the Armed Forces Foundation, The Paralyzed Veterans of America, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Detroit F.I.R.E. benefit team. " Learn more here . Joey Logano : The Joey Logano Foundation The mission of the Joey Logano Foundation is to inspire and assemble the NASCAR community to assist those across the nation who are in need of a second chance due to natural or human disaster. The Joey Logano Foundation partners with other organizations to provide comfort and relief to those in need after such unforeseen circumstances. " Learn more here . Ryan Newman : Rescue Ranch Formed in 2012 on 87 acres in Statesville, North Carolina, Rescue Ranch promotes humane education by focusing on rescuing on a fundamental level through hands-on learning and care for animals. Rescue Ranch promotes, through its education, respect for all animals, as well as, agricultural, environmental, and wildlife conservation, and facilitates rehabilitation, rescue and responsible pet ownership in order to enhance the human-animal bond. " Learn more here . Elliott Sadler : The Hermie & Elliott Sadler Foundation The Hermie and Elliott Sadler Charitable Foundation is dedicated to raising autism awareness and promoting research for a cure while also supporting initiatives that improve educational opportunities for children and their families. The Foundation provides support to projects that share the ideals and concerns of the Sadler family. " Learn more here . Martin Truex Jr .: The Martin Truex Jr . Foundation The Martin Truex Jr . Foundation raises awareness and funding for childhood and ovarian cancer initiatives. " Learn more here .
Lost film showcases Raymond Parks' talent ahead of Hall induction
Raymond Parks' name will finally ring out in Friday night's NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony. His contributions to the sport will be recognized some 80 years after he first became involved in stock-car racing's rough-edged formative years. While his classmates have had their stories told to national audiences through advancements in modern video, very little exists about Parks but the stories themselves. Save for some fading, sepia-toned photographs and interviews conducted much later in Parks' long life, the living, moving history of the sport before NASCAR's formation was often left to the imagination. A chance discovery nearly 20 years ago changed that. "I've told some people it's my great white whale," said Ken Martin, video historian and archivist for NASCAR Productions. He says this as he scrolls through computer files, painstakingly restored and digitized from the original 16-millimeter film that Parks first commissioned in 1941, seven years before NASCAR's founding. For stock-car history buffs, the magnitude of the footage's unearthing is difficult to comprehend. No other video footage of Parks' pioneering star drivers -- Georgia whiskey trippers Roy Hall, Lloyd Seay and yes, that Bill France Sr. -- is known to exist. The staggering fact that it is brilliantly shot in color, a technology still in its infancy and not widely available before World War II, affirms the notion that Parks' approach to running a top-shelf racing team was far ahead of its time. Martin cuts out the lights in his fourth-floor office and the colors pop off his monitor. Parks' cars -- tri-toned and professionally painted in silver, black with red trim -- spring to life. So do the candid shots of Seay and Hall in their heyday, hamming it up for the camera. There's France, a towering figure in a bright red shirt. And at the center is Parks, seen in his proper businessman's suit and hat, his military uniform before the United States' entry into the second world war, and in casual settings away from the track. Aside from the candids, the vintage racing action is gripping. The legend of "Lightning" Lloyd Seay has often been heralded, describing how he won three important races -- at Daytona's beach-road course, at High Point, North Carolina, and then the Labor Day classic at Lakewood Speedway in Atlanta -- in a prolific span of eight days in the summer of 1941. The day after his Lakewood triumph, Seay was killed in a moonshiner's dispute, cut down in his prime at age 21. There is now color footage from those three races, including part of Seay's cool-down lap on his last day alive. "I have to say I'm awestruck, and I don't get awestruck by a lot of things," said Winston Kelley, the NASCAR Hall of Fame's executive director. Kelley watched the films for the first time this week, flanked by Hall historian Buz McKim, who compared the find to waking up on Christmas morning. How NASCAR Productions obtained and restored the footage is a story in itself.
Brian France: 'We want everybody to be a NASCAR fan'
LAS VEGAS -- NASCAR Chairman & CEO Brian France took the stage Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show to discuss how the sanctioning body is using technology to enhance the fan experience and engage with the next generation of fans. France was on the Sports Business Innovation panel with National Hockey League (NHL) Commissioner Gary Bettman and United States Olympic Committee (USOC) CEO Scott Blackmun. Here are the high points France delivered: On how diversity and globalization are critical to success: "We have a unique challenge because kids don't play our sport in the playground," France said. "We are the only ones in auto racing investing millions of dollars on combines for diversity drivers. These programs take time, but we just saw the benefit. We just had a Mexican driver, Daniel Suarez , win our second largest national series and that would not have happened without our diversity program. We don't do this because it is socially smart, which it is, but because that is where you find the best talent, and we want everybody to be a NASCAR fan." On how the Monster Energy partnership will help NASCAR reach new fans: "In our case aligning with the right sponsor is important. They help us tell our story and we count on their activation to take us to places and channels we would not normally be in. I am very happy about our new entitlement partner Monster Energy, they have incredible reach with Millennial customers and fans, auto racing is in their DNA and they have a smart digital approach." On fans' consumption habits: "The ways in which fans consume their favorite sports has changed in an unprecedented way, and that is the great challenge and opportunity that all leagues face," France said. "We want to be smart about how we attract (the younger generation) and balance that with our core fans and connect with all of them in ways that we have never seen before." On how technology can improve competition, safety and fan engagement: "We want to use technology and innovation to make our core product better," France said. "We all want to make our sport safer, and our games and races better. We are using technology to drive our sport in ways that we could not have even imagined only 10 years ago." On how technology , developed at the 61,000-square-foot NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina, has helped: "The combination of innovation and technology can solve almost all problems," France said. "One of the challenges of outdoor sports is rain delays. We developed the Air Titan, which cut the time to dry the track. This was a huge thing for us to be able to retain our TV audience." On the introduction of the digital dash, which uses 16 customizable screens to monitor and record 24 different elements such as RPM, oil temperature and lap times: "This is the new frontier," France said. "We have an enormous amount of telemetry at our races between the drivers, crew chiefs and their strategy, and we are in the early stages of looking to deliver that data to fans in their seat, at home or through streaming."
Forbes honors Landauer on 30 Under 30 Sports list
Forbes Magazine has selected NASCAR Next driver Julia Landauer to this year's Sports 30 Under 30, a list of the "brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers." Forbes released its selections Tuesday, highlighting 600 outstanding figures under age 30 from 20 industries. The honorees were chosen by a panel of prominent reporters, legends in each field and former 30 Under 30 recipients. Landauer, 25, completed her first full season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2016. She finished fourth in the overall standings, sealing top-10 finishes in all but one of her 14 starts. Landauer, a Stanford University graduate, has also excelled through professional speaking engagements, where she has shared her experiences in the fields of science, technology , engineering and math and their applications in her racing career. She was also a contestant on "Survivor: Caramoan," the 26th season of the reality TV show. So incredibly honored to be selected as a @Forbes #30Under30 honoree!! Can't believe it, thanks for the recognition! https://t.co/NBldpblvwp https://t.co/eZcJWSK7KZ — Julia Landauer (@julialandauer) January 3, 2017 Landauer joins NFL standouts Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr., the NBA's Draymond Green and Kyrie Irving and four-time Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles on the 30 Under 30 list of sports figures. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
@nascarcasm: Vintage tweets from drivers, Vol. 1
So many NASCAR drivers have mastered the fine art of social media. But it didn't happen overnight, as is evidenced by some of their very early, and often awesome, initial tweets. What follows are actual posts from actual drivers, as they first immersed themselves into the Twitters. We'll do several installments over the course of 2017. Jimmie Johnson Collecting wives like Sprint Cup trophies. #Se7enSpouses (He later corrected the typo) Seven years ago today I married the most amazing women. #luckyman — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) December 11, 2011 Lots of questions here. For the sake of brevity, we’ll only ask one, which is: Why does Chad Knaus looks like Bond Girl? Guys rock @Angie_Harmon ! pic.twitter.com/lJFwNZAc — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) November 23, 2011 June 11, 2011 -- the day you learned that Jimmie Johnson wasn’t actually vanilla. Why does morning wood get all of the attention? It must be because he is the first up everyday. Afternoon wood must feel slighted... — Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) June 11, 2011 Dale Earnhardt Jr . I KNEW IT. And here I thought he just always used words like “Excogitate” and “Verisimilitude” in post-race press conferences. I don't know about y'all but I think @mattkenseth cheats......... At @WordsWFriends #CantBeatHim — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) March 10, 2014 His first #TBT, before he basically owned the hashtag title and deed. Ok, just learning about #tbt Here's my first. The ol man at some local short track, mid 70s, handful of wheel. pic.twitter.com/DKu3FkfkaP — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) February 27, 2014 Hmmmm. Two years ago. Wonder if this’ll ever become, y’know, a thing. I wonder if anyone will come talk to me @espn ? #watercoolertalk #2XDaytona500Champ pic.twitter.com/KH8pPt5ix6 — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) February 25, 2014 Landon Cassill It’s OK fam we still love you and your pasty white thighs. I've been wearing shorts a lot this summer, and my legs are still incredibly white. Jeez... — landon cassill (@landoncassill) June 25, 2009 171, nice. it feels good to know you guys read my twitter. i'm so thankful for 171 followers — landon cassill (@landoncassill) May 15, 2009 Not sure, but you’re probably Snapchatting it. really, what IS happening to me? — landon cassill (@landoncassill) May 2, 2009 OK someone check on lonely Landon. i miss you — landon cassill (@landoncassill) April 20, 2009 Kevin Harvick Early on, Harvick posted a tweet of a bull rampaging through a crowd, with the text “What I’m doing to the English language for the next 11 weeks.” not to all cow chip throwers buy a frisbe. — Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) September 5, 2009 These are difficult, if the track workers at Michigan International Speedway are any indication. this rain is putting a damper on the ground hog hunt for tomorrow but it will happen soon. — Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) August 9, 2009 Calling out DeLana’s snoring in one of his first tweets. Strong. i have so many things on my mind i cant sleep.HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!couldnt listen to d snore so i came to write all my thoughts down. — Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) July 29, 2009 And then doubling down on details. Our best guess is dear DeLana didn’t follow him at this point. Because Kevin is still alive. not like a man snore its more like a well you know weak ass snore that you all say you dont have that sure sounds like a mini snore. — Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) July 29, 2009 Brad Keselowski 13 hours? Yeah, this was well before the kid. After 13 hours of sleep, today was pretty productive. Had a great 5 lap practice in the Cup car. — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) February 6, 2010 I’ll take “Tweets Not Favorited By Kyle Busch for $1,000, Alex.” Admiring the grass in the Daytona infield. That stuff is nice. — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) July 2, 2010 When you want details and don’t want details at the same time. 3min on shake weight all I got. Whew Can't beat @mw55 — Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) December 26, 2010 Joey Logano Technology is rough. Hey Facebook fans... we're having trouble linking Joey's new Twitter account and the Facebook page. Can you guys... http://fb.me/NFuKsC35 — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) January 12, 2011 Not that this isn’t riveting content Joey but could you please step it up a bit? Like you, we’re having trouble keeping our eyes open. Just got back home my kitchen table just came in so ill be putting that together tonight — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) January 22, 2011 OK, nevermind. Napping now. Just got back to the airport headed home — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) February 2, 2011
DC Solar brings technology to the track for Poole
LAS VEGAS -- Chip Ganassi Racing and team partner DC Solar announced Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that they're bringing mobile solar technology to the race track, starting with this weekend's NASCAR XFINITY Series Boyd Gaming 300 (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). DC Solar President and CEO Jeff Carpoff came up with the idea after standing on Daytona International Speedway 's pit road for the season-opener race with Brennan Poole , driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet, and wasn't able to keep conversation with Poole over the roar of generators and wave of fumes on pit road. "We were able to find a solution to that by using our patented solar hybrid system," Carpoff said. "We'll be the first ones on pit road with a solar-powered cool-down box generator unit, 100 percent silent, no fumes, no fuel." DC Solar has constructed the technology in less than two weeks for this Saturday's event. The solar power can also be used at night. It was announced before the 2016 season began that DC Solar would be the primary sponsor of the No. 48 XFINITY Series Chevrolet. "The real rubber-hits-the-road for us as a team when we can take the expertise of our partners and help us get better," Steve Lauletta, President of Chip Ganassi Racing said. "Just being able to have Jeff and his team think of this opportunity helps the team get greater, helps us get more innovative, which is what our team is all about." Poole, 24, voiced the importance for more green initiatives in today's world and how the younger generation is putting forth effort to do so. "I think there's so many young people that are looking for a way to be greener," Poole said. "You even hear the talks at the Oscars from a week ago about the environment and protecting it and it's becoming an issue that younger people really want to be apart of, so I think it's really awesome for our sport to show the strides that we're making to make it greener." Poole, who is competing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, drove a part-time schedule last season with two top-10 finishes in 17 starts.
Truex Jr. inspired by car technology for people with disabilities
As a professional race car driver competing in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series, Martin Truex Jr . gets to do a lot of interesting and innovative things as part of his job. But this Wednesday was special by any standards. Truex gave rides around Pikes Peak International Raceway to a paraplegic and quadriplegic in a specially designed "adaptive" stock car whose smart glass technology allows drivers a operate a car using head movement. Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser donated one of the team's No. 78 Chevys to the program and the race team volunteered many hours transforming it with the new technology . Truex flew out to Colorado from Charlotte -- where he'll be competing in Saturday night's Bank of America 500 -- just to participate in Wendesday's Falci Adaptive Motorsports NeuroGroove RaceDay. It was difficult to tell who was enjoying the experience more. "What an awesome day to be a firsthand witness to some incredible technology ," said Truex. "Life is about giving back and Dr. (Scott) Falci and his partners are doing just that. To see the joy of the individuals I gave a ride to was very inspirational." One of Truex's passengers, Stewart Lundy, a paraplegic from Denver, Col., considered it a ride of a lifetime, joking, "And he (Truex) gets paid to do this!" "I need to reassess my life goals. That is probably one them now. I loved every minute of it -- I'm coming down from an adrenalin high." The technology used in the car can also be used in steering a wheelchair and has the potential of increasing mobilization and independence for many disabled. "I wanted to add another adapted sport for the spinal cord and disabled population," said Dr. Scott Falci, a neurosurgeon at Denver's Craig Hospital. "Motorsports is a real exciting sport and we're utilizing the No. 78 Furniture Row car as a platform to get involved in a new adaptive sporting event and also getting involved with the NASCAR community." "The emotional thrill of having Martin and his Furniture Row race car was an uplifting experience not only for the spinal cord injured individuals and their families but for all of our partners who have been passionately working on this new adaptive technology ."
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