George Jr. participates in health conscious test at Mansfield Last weekend's Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA RE/MAX 200, held at Mansfield Motorsports Park, was about more than just racing. It was also about honoring the memory of the late Richmond.
George Jr. participates in health conscious test at Mansfield
Last weekend's Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA RE/MAX 200, held at Mansfield Motorsports Park, was about more than just racing. It was also about honoring the memory of the late Richmond. Named in his honor, the race was not only a tribute to his on-track talent but also provided an opportunity to bring awareness to the HIV/AIDS disease that claimed his life in 1989 at the age of 34
Though Richmond was a proven racer on track, winning an Indianapolis 500 and 13 Sprint Cup (then the Winston Cup) Series events, his legacy is bestowed not only in his racing accomplishments but also by bringing awareness to the disease that claimed his life.
In doing so, Mansfield Motorsports Park, in conjunction with G-Force Motorsports Marketing and Goddard Marketing, partnered with OraSure Technologies Inc., the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Rural AIDS Advisory Group and other local health departments, to hold an HIV/AIDS awareness and testing booth at the track prior to the race last Saturday.
The testing was held free of charge to fans and those who participated were entered a random drawing with the reward of a Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along.
In showing his support of the cause and promoting self health awareness, Tim George Jr., who drives the No. 2 Ruby Tuesday/Chrome Hearts Toyota for Eddie Sharp Racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, stopped by and participated in the event, also getting tested.
"Between practice and driver introductions I wanted to connect with the fans. I went over to show my support at this new, quick type of AIDS testing, and they had a turnout of over 150 people tested. I think this is great, and I wanted to show people that racecar drivers are human too," George Jr. said of his participation.
After the health testing event, George Jr. participated in the Tim Richmond Memorial 200 race later that evening, finishing 22nd, falling victim to the perils of short track racing.