NASCAR Foundation news 2009-07-10

THE NASCAR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR THE NASCAR FOUNDATION FOURTH ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE INSURANCE CHICAGO, Ill. (July 10, 2009) -- The NASCAR Foundation announced today that it will ...

THE NASCAR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR THE NASCAR FOUNDATION FOURTH ANNUAL BLOOD DRIVE PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE INSURANCE

CHICAGO, Ill. (July 10, 2009) -- The NASCAR Foundation announced today that it will partner with the American Red Cross for The NASCAR Foundation Fourth Annual Blood Drive Presented by Nationwide Insurance on Sept. 11, 2009.

Each year the Drive mobilizes some of NASCAR's biggest entities - tracks, drivers, teams and sponsors - in an effort to help meet the on-going need for more than 39,000 blood donations every day.

Approximately four million people give blood through the Red Cross each year, making it the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. Through its partnership with the American Red Cross, The NASCAR Foundation hopes to expand The NASCAR Foundation Blood Drive to help maintain safe blood supply levels and lessen the blood shortages that often occur during the summer months and around holidays.

"Last year the blood drive, through this partnership, collected 4,261 pints of blood that was vital to people in need," said Mike Helton, NASCAR president and NASCAR Foundation board member. "We continue to be very proud of the work the partnership has accomplished and ask the industry and the fans to rally around this important cause. We appreciate the continued support of Nationwide Insurance, our tracks and all the NASCAR fans who come out every year to donate blood and help save lives."

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver of the No. 16 3M/Red Cross Ford Fusion and American Red Cross blood donor, Greg Biffle, will appear in an advertising campaign promoting the drive.

"I'm excited to represent the Red Cross and be a part of The NASCAR Foundation Blood Drive this year," said Biffle. "The drive provides fans with the opportunity to become heroes in their community by giving the gift of life through blood donations."

The national effort will be comprised of blood drives held at tracks and corporate offices across the country. Nationwide will return this year as presenting sponsor and hold drives at four of its corporate offices in Columbus, Ohio, Des Moines, Iowa, Richmond, Va. and Raleigh, N.C.

"Nationwide Insurance and the Nationwide Foundation have a proud tradition of supporting causes that help people who are in critical or immediate need," said Jim McCoy, director of strategic sponsorship at Nationwide. "That, along with our long-standing partnership with the American Red Cross, is why the opportunity to support The NASCAR Foundation's Blood Drive was a natural fit for Nationwide."

In addition to the corporate office blood drives, Nationwide is planning to host a blood drive at its facility in Richmond, Va. on September 10, to correspond with the races being held that weekend at

Richmond International Raceway. The event will incorporate various NASCAR Nationwide Series driver appearances in support of the partnership.

As part of Nationwide's partnership with The NASCAR Foundation and American Red Cross, there will be information about the Drive and educational materials about being a blood donor available to fans in the Nationwide Fan Pit Stops at Bristol Motor Speedway (Aug. 21-22) and Atlanta Motor Speedway (Sept. 5-6).

In honor of the many acts of kindness displayed by blood donors each year, the tracks work very hard to make the drive a memorable experience. As a special thank you to participants some tracks offer the opportunity to take a spin around the track in their own cars, while other tracks provide lunch, snacks, t-shirts, hats and other commemorative items to donors. Every person who comes to donate at one of the participating drives will also receive a gift bag, generously donated by 3M.

In partnership with 3M, The NASCAR Foundation will also debut this weekend a NASCAR Foundation Annual Blood Drive branded hauler that will visit all the tracks holding NASCAR Nationwide Series events now through Sept. 11.

To learn more about The NASCAR Foundation Fourth Annual Blood Drive Presented by Nationwide Insurance or to find a participating track near you visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/foundation.

About The NASCAR Foundation
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation supports a wide range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the entire NASCAR Family. The NASCAR Foundation will use strength of the sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: www.nascar.com/foundation.

About Nationwide
Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S.and is rated A+ by A.M. Best. The company provides a full range of personalized insurance and financial services, including auto insurance, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, life insurance, farm, commercial insurance, administrative services, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions, long-term savings plans and health and productivity services. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

Nationwide, the Nationwide Framemark and On Your Side are federally registered service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization -- not a government agency -- and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.

Host Locations for The NASCAR Foundation Blood Drive (As of 7/10/09)
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway
Chicagoland Speedway
Darlington Raceway
Daytona International Speedway
Elko Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Infineon Raceway
Iowa Speedway
Kansas Speedway
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Lowe's Motor Speedway
Memphis Motorsports Park
Michigan International Speedway
Milwaukee Mile
Nationwide Insurance, Columbus, OH
Nationwide Insurance, Des Moines, IA
Nationwide Insurance, Richmond, VA
Nationwide Insurance, Raleigh, NC
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Phoenix International Raceway
Pocono Raceway
Richmond International Raceway
Talladega Superspeedway
Watkins Glen International

-credit: nascar

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