Don Schumacher Racing will host its sixth annual “Bowling for Riley” night with NHRA stars and hundreds of other fans and supporters Dec. 9 at Western Bowl (6441 W. Washington Street) in Indianapolis to raise funds for the Riley Children’s Foundation,
Teams of four and individuals can enter the three-game “strike or 9” event and enjoy food and fun from 6:30-10 p.m. with bowling starting promptly at 7:40. The entry fee is $240 per four-person team or $50 per single bowler.
Non-bowling spectator admission is $10 and children under 12 will be admitted free with a paying adult.
Each bowler receives a free “Bowling for Riley” event t-shirt. Corporate level packages for $500 are available and include four-person team entry, VIP access to food and refreshments, lane sponsorship and event signage.
Last year’s “Bowling for Riley” raised more than $10,000 and helped push DSR’s contribution to Riley Kids to more than $350,000 in the past 10 years. For more information, contact Blake Elliott at DSR (317-286-4396 or email@example.com).
Alexis DeJoria Racing has been associated with raising cancer awareness since the team’s inception in 2011. Over the past three years the team has provided hundreds of free mammograms to NHRA fans, and this weekend at the NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., the team will continue their philanthropic endeavors as they race to raise awareness for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
“This weekend we’re promoting Wage Hope for pancreatic cancer, which is a subject that is near and dear to my family,” said DeJoria, pilot of the 10,000-horsepower Patrón XO Cafe Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s ‘Wage Hope’ logo is prominently featured on the rear and side windows of DeJoria’s Patrón XO Cafe Incendio Toyota Camry, in an effort to raise awareness for the often under-publicized disease.
“Wage Hope is a relentless call to action to keep fighting for those battling pancreatic cancer, a disease with a five-year survival rate of only seven percent,” said Julie Fleshman, President and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “With more supporters like Alexis DeJoria, we can rewrite the future for pancreatic cancer and achieve our goal to double survival by 2020.”
“My father’s best friend and business partner, Paul Mitchell, died of pancreatic cancer many years ago. I saw the deterioration in him. The whole thing was incredibly sad. I’m proud that we’re able to support a good cause and bring awareness to pancreatic cancer,” said DeJoria, daughter of John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems.
“We’ll be thinking of Paul Mitchell in spirit this weekend. With the Wage Hope stickers on our Toyota Camry, hopefully we will make more people aware of pancreatic cancer, because it truly is a silent killer.”
Keith Ferrell, who served as NHRA’s Division 3 Director for six years in the 1980s, died Oct., 19 of congestive heart failure. He was 75.
Ferrell, who succeeded original Division 3 Director Bob Daniels at the helm of the division in 1980, was a former NHRA national record holder and engine builder before hanging up his helmet in 1977 and taking a series of operational positions at dragstrips around his Fairborn, Ohio, home.
Ferrell served as Competition Director at Edgewater Raceway Park in Cincinnati, then Tech Director at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia, Ohio, where also taught auto mechanics at Greene Vocation school. Before joining NHRA, he served for two years as track manager at Kil-Kare, during which time he also was a valuable member of the Division 3 Bracket Steering Committee, where he developed relationships with the track operators with whom he would later work as Division Director.
Ferrell left NHRA after the 1986 season and was replaced by current Division 3 Director Jay Hullinger, who is the longest tenured of the current seven directors.
Ferrell is survived by his wife, Virginia, son Tim, and daughter Teri. He is predeceased by daughter Tammy Oberhofer, wife of current NHRA Top Fuel crew chief Jim Oberhofer.
Fans and racers are welcome to enjoy a special night for a special cause as the Drag Racing Association of Women hosts its annual auction Saturday, Oct.17, at Texas Motorplex during the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals
Numerous highly sought after collectible items will be auctioned off to help provide assistance to drivers and crew members injured in a drag racing accident at a track. Bob Frey, with the assistance of Alan Reinhart, will be offering these items up for bids.
The live auction, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will be held inside the Champion Club which is located next to the staging lanes.
Several of the biggest stars in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series regularly attend and bidding wars provide as much entertainment as their contributions provide help for fellow racers.
The list of auction items range from artwork to collectables to racing parts and accessories is available on www.drawonline.org.
For more information or to donate an item, contact Rosalee Noble, firstname.lastname@example.org, 217-345-6537.