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Baca trumpeting Alex's Lemonade Stand charity in Denver DENVER (July 11) -- Top Fuel driver David Baca has been on a mission this summer, using his Mach 1 Air Services race team to support various charities while he competes on the NHRA drag ...

Baca trumpeting Alex's Lemonade Stand charity in Denver

DENVER (July 11) -- Top Fuel driver David Baca has been on a mission this summer, using his Mach 1 Air Services race team to support various charities while he competes on the NHRA drag racing tour. This weekend at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals, Baca will be inviting everyone to stop for some lemonade at one of 540 Alex's Lemonade Stands that will be set up at neighborhood Big O Tire stores across the country. Big O Tires is a major associate sponsor on Baca's 330-mph dragster.

The Denver-based tire industry leader has set aside the week of July 10-17 to support the 501c3 charity that raises funds for pediatric cancer research. Each Big O Tire store will set up an Alex's Lemonade Stand in the customer waiting area with 100-percent of the proceeds going to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Alexandra "Alex" Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer, at the age of 4. She decided to open a lemonade stand to help her doctors raise money to find a cure for all kids with cancer. Although Alex later succumbed to the illness, she knew that her lemonade stand, with the help of many others started in her name, had raised more than $1 million. The charity has continued to grow and donates millions of dollars each year in Alex's honor.

"We are excited to help in the cause of finding cures for childhood cancer," Big O Tire president John Adams said as he announced the in-store program and his company's donation of $50,000. "Partnering with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation provides opportunities for all Big O associates and our customers to become aware of this wonderful cause started by an inspired child in her own fight against cancer. This is also an opportunity to give back to the communities that have supported Big O Tires."

As a big part of Baca-Windham Racing (Baca's partner Bill Windham owns several Big O Tire centers in Northern California), Big O Tire's association with Alex's Lemonade Stand prompted the Baca to get involved. Throughout the race weekend at Bandimere Speedway, Baca will display a giant Alex's Lemonade Stand logo on his race vehicle.

"This is one of the coolest things we've ever done and we're more than happy to help Big O Tires and Alex's Lemonade Stand raise awareness on a national level," Baca said. "It's inspired everyone on the team to get this Mach 1 car on ESPN2 as much as we can so everyone can get an idea of what Alex's Lemonade Stand is all about.

"We've had friends from the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Mark Hindy Charitable Foundation for the kids of 9/11, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation out to the races this year as our guests and we're thrilled to add the folks from Alex's Lemonade Stand and, of course, Big O Tires this weekend.

"Our car has been getting stronger every weekend and we'd love to break through for a big win in Denver. We've made plenty of deposits in the luck bank. It's time for us to get some breaks and win a race, and we'll do it in Alex's name."

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Baca , Bill Windham