Racing for a Miracle Fuels Fire for Riggs in Upcoming Allstate 400 at the Brickyard STATESVILLE, N.C. (July 18, 2007) -- A victory for Scott Riggs and the No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard would mean...
Racing for a Miracle Fuels Fire for Riggs in Upcoming Allstate 400 at the Brickyard
STATESVILLE, N.C. (July 18, 2007) -- A victory for Scott Riggs and the No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard would mean the world for the Bahama, N.C. native. Not only would it be his first points win in Nextel Cup but on a grander scale it would mean a $500,000 donation to Children's Miracle Network by his sponsor Stanley Tools. The incentive is part of the "Racing for a Miracle" program that has been created by primary sponsor of the 10 car, Stanley Tools, together with Ace Hardware, and Children's Miracle Network. Racing for a Miracle is a multi-dimensional program that benefits sick and injured kids as well as the hospitals that provide their care.
The wheels of the Racing for a Miracle program were put into motion this spring and continued into the summer months. During this time, Ace Hardware sold special Racing for a Miracle icons in more than 700 of its stores. Stores that raised over $500 for the Ace Hardware Foundation were entered for the chance to be Honorary Pit Crew Members of the No. 10 Stanley Tools Dodge in the Allstate 400. Ace Hardware Home Center, a seven-store chain in Round Lake, Illinois came home as the winner for raising the most money through icon sales. In addition, the Ace Hardware Twin Aire in Indianapolis was awarded the No. 10 Stanley Tools Dodge show car to have on display in front of its store prior to the race because they raised the most money in the Indianapolis market.
But the Racing for a Miracle program goes deeper than just raising money in Ace Hardware stores. Stanley Tools reached out to the local community as well by creating a helmet design contest for patients at the Indianapolis based Riley Hospital for Children. Team owner Ray Evernham, together with Scott Riggs, sorted through helmet designs drawn and submitted by children receiving treatment at Riley's and chose the flame-inspired design of 13-year old Katie Freund. While all patients that were finalist received a signed 1:24 die-cast of the No. 10 Stanley Tools Dodge, Katie received a personal call and invitation from Scott Riggs to meet him and attend the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard as a guest of Stanley Tools.
"Ray and I brought Rodney (Team Director, Rodney Childers) into the selection process because we thought we would need a third vote to decide," said Riggs. "But the decision was unanimous. Everyone went with the flames. When I called Katie to tell her she won, her reaction touched me. She was so excited you would have thought Kasey Kahne himself called and asked her out on a date! It is very satisfying to be able to make someone like Katie happy and give her a chance to see NASCAR racing first hand. That's a real motivator for our entire team."
After Riggs uses the specially-painted helmet during the Indy race, it will be auctioned and the funds will be added to a $10,000 donation from Stanley Tools to the Ace Hardware Foundation which directly benefits Children's Miracle Network.
The next phase of Racing for a Miracle will take place on Thursday July 26th, three days before the Allstate 400. Scott Riggs will visit Riley Hospital for Children to learn firsthand about the incredible work this hospital is doing in the Indianapolis area. Riggs will meet with patients, sign autographs, show patients his Dodge Charger, and put faces with names of the children he will be helping behind the wheel that Sunday.
The program culminates at the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard that Sunday, as Scott Riggs' No. 10 Stanley Tools/Valvoline Dodge will carry a new look on their car. The logos of Children's Miracle Network and Ace Hardware will adorn the TV panel for one race only to encourage others to continue to raise money for sick and injured kids.
"It's always nice when your sponsors put together a program like Racing for a Miracle that raises the stakes at the track by challenging people to make a positive impact in kids lives," said Riggs. "As a father of two I take comfort in knowing there are organizations like Children's Miracle Network and Riley Hospital for Children that are there to take care of sick kids and their families when they need it most."