Bob Vandergriff Racing, Kalitta Motorsports, Alexis DeJoria Racing, Terry McMillen Racing, and Don Schumacher Racing will showcase their support during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with special-edition pink-themed race cars. Earlier this week, John Force Racing and Team JEGS also announced that they would field pink-themed cars beginning at this weekend’s 29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading.
During October, Bob Vandergriff Jr. will be adding color to his normally black and silver C&J Energy Services Top Fuel dragster to help bring attention to this vital health battle. Bob Vandergriff Racing has also created pink T-shirts that can be purchased through www.bobvandergriff.com; proceeds of the sales will go to charities leading the way in the fight against breast cancer.
“This cause is very close to my heart. I lost my mother 13 years ago to cancer,” said Vandergriff. “It’s a devastating disease, and we need to find a cure so that my wife and daughters never have to go through the same ordeal as my mother. Anything I can do to help the fight is worthwhile.”
Mac Tools and Kalitta Motorsports will join forces with the Mac Tools Wrenching for a Cure program, which supports the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Doug Kalitta will field a one-of-a-kind pink Mac Tools dragster.
“We’re honored to help Mac Tools support the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research in Reading,” said Kalitta, who is No. 2 in NHRA Mello Yello championship points. “I think almost everyone has had someone close to them be affected by breast cancer. Anything we can do to further the global message of finding a cure is something we’re committed to doing now and for as long as it takes.”
For more than three years, Mac Tools has been a proud partner of the Stefanie Spielman Fund and has developed several pink products available for purchase by local Mac Tools distributors. A portion of the sales from each of these products is donated in honor of all the Mac Tools team members to help win the fight against breast cancer. These products are available through Nov. 3 by contacting a local Mac Tools distributor or by calling the Mac Tools customer-service department, 800-MACTOOLS.
In addition to a pink-accented race car that will debut this weekend, Alexis DeJoria Racing has partnered with the Nevada Health Centers (NVHC) to provide free mammograms at the Las Vegas race to female race fans. NVHC’s “mammovan,” a mobile mammography unit housed within a semi-truck, will make a stop at its most unique venue yet, the nitro-fuel pits of The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Look for details on this program in the days ahead.
“Adding pink accents to race cars and selling specialty pink merchandise is great, but we wanted to take it a step further and be an active supporter of the fight against breast cancer,” said DeJoria. “When planning what we were going to do to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we decided we wanted to do something that would be a direct benefit to our fans, which is where the idea of free mammograms for the fans came from.”
McMillen's Amalie Oil/UNOH/All Star Performance green, gator-themed Top Fueler also will turn pink again in October. McMillen's hope is to raise awareness for breast cancer and money for She4Life, a charity that McMillen's team holds dear to its hearts.
"Cancer is something that touches all of us," McMillen said. "If not directly, it's indirectly through friends and loved ones. Racing with this pink car is something that everyone seems to relate to well."
Three seasons ago, McMillen debuted an all-pink dragster in what some called the first since Shirley Muldowney raced her pink dragster in 1980. That first year, McMillen's pink team jerseys were auctioned off to benefit She4Life and raised just more than $3,000. Fast-forward to 2013, and McMillen and She4Life have a number of opportunities for fans to participate.
With donation packages that range in names from Warm Up to Wally and prices from $40 to $230, fans can get anything from a name on McMillen's dragster to a package that includes a pink replica dragster, team pink jersey, and more. Other McMillen marketing partners have stepped in to support She4Life, including UNOH's Steve Farmer, who is helping to facilitate NHRA and NASCAR packages and airfare, and Mark Adelizzi at Flatout Gaskets, who is producing custom jewelry under his Marcus Creatus brand. Fans can also purchase McMillen's pink diecast dragster at Plan B Sales (http://planbsales.com), and a portion of each sale will go to She4Life.
McMillen will race the pink car for the remaining three races, and packages will be available until the week of Oct. 31 or while supplies last. Log on to She4Life.com for more details.
Also, for the second consecutive year, Antron Brown’s Don Schumacher Racing dragster will be wrapped in pink and black to help the Matco Tools Tools for the Cause campaign benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
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