NASCAR DRIVER MARK MARTIN PRESENTS CHECK TO LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, 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.