NASCAR named Local Hero for the Sprint Cup Series Race Weekend at Pocono Raceway in Honor of the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund ExtenZe Local Hero Program Celebrates Those Who Go to Great Lengths to Make a Difference in Their ...
NASCAR named Local Hero for the Sprint Cup Series Race Weekend at Pocono Raceway in Honor of the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund
ExtenZe Local Hero Program Celebrates Those Who Go to Great Lengths to Make a Difference in Their Communities
STATESVILLE, NC (June 1, 2010) - In April 2008, NASCAR lost a talented and incredible person. Brienne Davis, a NASCAR Official, was and still is an inspiration for many young women who want to be an integral part of the most challenging and exciting form of racing in the world. After her untimely passing the Brienne Davis Scholarship fund was founded by NASCAR and for this, NASCAR has been named an ExtenZe Local Hero. In honor of Brienne Davis and her friends at NASCAR, ExtenZe Racing will be donating $1,000 to the fund on pit road just prior to the start of the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono Raceway this upcoming weekend. Accepting the check will be NASCAR's John Darby, Director of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Growing up, Davis wanted to be a veterinarian. However once she became the proud owner of a couple of classic American muscle cars that began to change. She learned to do body work, interior work and even some engine building. This was enough for her to radically change directions and work on horsepower and not actual horses. She enrolled in UTI in Houston where she excelled as a student and graduated near the top of her class. As fate would have it a chance meeting with a Pennzoil executive who passed her name on to Tony Eury Sr landed her a job tearing down engines at Dale Earnhardt Inc. for three years.
Brienne then decided to go work for NASCAR as a member of the engine inspection crew where she would tear down engines and oversee repairs made during the race to ensure they passed inspection before returning to the race. True heroes reveal themselves under the most unexpected circumstances. And Brienne's untimely death revealed in her coworkers a desire to not let her achievements and legacy be forgotten. They decided to set up a scholarship fund where three young women a year will receive a $10,000 scholarship to any Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Campus to carry on the work of someone not unlike themselves.
For more information on how you can contribute to the Brienne Davis Scholarship Fund and help provide an opportunity to a deserving female student, visit www.NASCAR.com/foundation.
"It's just awesome and amazing to see how everyone involved in NASCAR comes together when we lose one of our own to help continue to carry on the legacy of the likes of Brienne (Davis)," said Conway, the leading NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year driver. "Brienne was excellent at her job and her unexpected passing devastated us all. We hope that being able to do our part to keep her legacy alive will allow three more young and talented females to follow in the footsteps of Brienne."
The 'ExtenZe Local Hero' program pays tribute to people who have gone to great lengths to make a difference. Those selected have faced danger, sacrificed their own safety for others or in some way displayed leadership that changed their community for the better. Award recipients become ExtenZe Racing Honorary Crew Chiefs, receive a tour of the paddock, attend the pre-race NASCAR Driver/Crew Chief meeting, and sit atop the pit box with Crew Chief Peter Sospenzo to root on rookie driver Kevin Conway piloting the royal blue and red No. 34 ExtenZe Ford Fusion. Each recipient also receives a $1,000 award from ExtenZe, the world's best selling male enhancement product, in recognition of their selflessness.