"PIT ROAD PETS: NASCAR STARS & THEIR PETS, THE SECOND LAP" BOOK HITS SHELVES THIS WEEKEND NASCAR Personalities and Fans All Part of Ryan Newman Foundation's Second Charity Book BRISTOL, TENN. (March 20, 2010) -- For Stewart-Haas Racing ...
"PIT ROAD PETS: NASCAR STARS & THEIR PETS, THE SECOND LAP" BOOK HITS SHELVES THIS WEEKEND
NASCAR Personalities and Fans All Part of Ryan Newman Foundation's Second Charity Book
BRISTOL, TENN. (March 20, 2010) -- For Stewart-Haas Racing driver Ryan Newman and wife Krissie, their six dogs aren't just adored animals -- they're family.
This weekend, the Newmans will release their second book Pit Road: NASCAR Stars and Their Pets, the Second Lap at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, which celebrates the NASCAR community and their beloved furry and sometimes even feathered families.
Pit Road Pets: NASCAR Stars and Their Pets, the Second Lap, gives fans an intimate look at some of NASCAR's most loved drivers both past and present, their families and their love for animals. Crew chiefs, broadcast personalities and the people who work behind the scenes at races each weekend are all part of this picturesque book.
"The book isn't just the drivers," Krissie Newman said. "We have the big personalities in the sport, but we also have a large contingent of the media broadcasters; we have the people who are behind the scenes like Jay Howard, who coordinates all of the pre-race activities; we have more team owners like Richard Childress and Rick Hendrick. This is the only book that encompasses every aspect of what racing is on a non-racing scale. And it's really incredible to listen to the personal stories that they tell about their lives away from the racetrack."
As the follow-up to the Newman's first Pit Road Pets book which was published in 2006, The Second Lap even delves into the heart of NASCAR -- its fans. Photographer Karen Will Rogers and a team of people traveled to three racetracks during the 2009 season -- Bristol Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn and Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway -- to meet and photograph NASCAR's devoted fans and their pets.
"When we started planning our second book, it was really a no-brainer to include the fans," Krissie Newman said. "The fans are really the heartbeat of this sport. NASCAR has the most unique and most dedicated fans out there, and we wanted to showcase them and their personalities and their love for animals in our book.
"In fact, it was a chance meeting with fans that really encouraged us to help animals and start the Ryan Newman Foundation. And I can't tell you how many fans come up to either me or Ryan to tell us about their pets or who want us to meet their dogs. It just made sense."
The book, which sales for $24.95, is available for purchase at www.RyanNewmanFoundation.org or at the racetrack on the No. 39 Ryan Newman souvenir trailer.
The proceeds from the first book helped build a regional spay/neuter clinic at the Humane Society of Catawba Count in Hickory, N.C. To date, The Ryan Newman Foundation S.N.I.P. clinic has already performed over 13,000 spay/neuter surgeries since their doors opened in 2007, preventing the death of hundreds of thousands of unwanted and stray animals.
With the release of The Second Lap, the Ryan Newman Foundation hopes to make an even bigger impact. One hundred percent of the Ryan Newman Foundation net proceeds will be donated to animal causes such as giving grants to families that can't afford to spay or neuter their pets. The Ryan Newman Foundation also plans to build an animal education center in North Carolina that will serve as a model for animal welfare and education throughout the U.S.
-source: ryan newman foundation