Convoy of Hope Car to Race in NASACAR's United Way 300 at Kansas Speedway
Springfield, Mo. -- Although Convoy of Hope is continuing to receive national attention for its hurricane relief efforts, the name may be a blur to some. That's because this weekend the organization will again have its name on the #32 Braun Racing Chevy, reaching speeds of more than 170 mph, driven by Jason Leffler at NASCAR's United Way 300 presented by Yellow Transportation and Sprint Nextel, held at Kansas Speedway.
The Braun companies have adopted the organization and are helping to spread the word through a donated sponsorship program. "The victims of Hurricane Katrina need our help and what better way to do that than to spread the word through our race team," owner Todd Braun said. JConvoy of Hope is a first responder for natural disasters, on FEMA's short list of recommended relief agencies, and highly rated for its effectiveness and low administrative cost.
Driver Jason Leffler and owner Todd Braun traveled to Convoy of Hope's Lake Charles, La. Distribution Point where Hurricane Rita victims continue to receive life-sustaining goods like water, ice and food, as well as cleaning supplies. "This past Friday I had the opportunity to join the Convoy of Hope organization and witness the devastation that Hurricane Katrina caused to the Gulf region first hand. Convoy of Hope came in and was set up passing out ice, water and food to thousands who have lost everything. Its hard to put into words what the Hurricane Katrina victims are going through," Leffler said. "I look forward to the opportunity of driving the Convoy of Hope Chevrolet in Kansas to further spread the word about the ongoing need for help."
Just two weeks ago, Leffler drove the Convoy of Hope car right into third place at the Dover International Speedway. Leffler won the 2003 NCTS race at Dover in May 2003.
Approximately 5,000 people have volunteered at the Convoy of Hope's Gulf distribution sites and canvassed neighborhoods to serve those who cannot come to them. The organization estimates that it has provided relief supplies and medical assistance to more than 3 million people. It has sent more than 500 truckloads of relief supplies to the affected areas.
Please visit www.convoyofhope.org to stay updated on Convoy of Hope's Hurricane response.