The Race For Hope
March 12, 2004 | 11:26 A.M. EST
Race for Hope will take place Tuesday, May 25th from 5-9pm ET at the Concord Mills NASCAR SpeedPark located at 8461-G1 Concord Mills Blvd. Concord, NC near Lowe's Motor Speedway. Race for Hope will allow race fans the opportunity to race on the exciting go-kart tracks bumper-to-bumper with NASCAR drivers; obtain autographs; and experience a race fan's first -- to eat a private dinner with their favorite NASCAR driver. In his second annual charity event, Sadler hopes to surpass the $45,000 M&M'S Hoops for Hope raised last year and to add to the Victory Junction Gang Camp list of benefactors. There will also be a silent auction on site to include items such as driver uniforms, helmets and sheet metal from NASCAR's top teams.
Sadler, driver of No. 38/M&M'S car and the newest spokesperson for NASCAR SpeedPark, has a personal commitment to fighting autism – his niece Halie Dru. The partnership between NASCAR SpeedPark and "Race for Hope" was a natural decision.
"When Halie Dru was diagnosed with autism, it broke all of our hearts," explained Sadler. "She is one special little girl. As a family, we have learned how to deal with this disease and help Halie live and learn every day. We are fortunate that she goes to a special school and I would like to reach out to those families who are less fortunate than mine by raising money and awareness."
"NASCAR is a big family and I certainly feel like my NASCAR family has supported me in this cause. We also wanted to give something to Kyle and Patti Petty's Victory Junction Gang Camp because they have contributed so much to this sport."
"We are delighted to be included in such great company as Elliott Sadler, M&M'S and the rest of the racing
community to support the "Race for Hope"," said Tommy V. Jones, Chief of Burroughs & Chapin Company's Sports, Entertainment and Recreation Division (owners and operators of NASCAR SpeedPark). "More importantly, though, is how proud we are to help the Autism Society of America and the Victory Junction Gang Camp."
Drivers who will join Elliott include Hermie Sadler, Dale Jarrett, Michael and Darrell Waltrip, Tony Stewart, Kyle Petty, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Sterling Marlin, Martin Truex, Jr., and Jimmie Johnson. Partners for the May 25th event include NASCAR SpeedPark, M&M'S, Coca-Cola, The ACE & TJ Morning Show along with KISS 95.1 FM, and the University City Outback Steakhouse. Live entertainment will begin at 5pm with local bands and special quests.
BACKGROUND ON BENEFICIARIES
Autism occurs in all races and socioeconomic classes - income, lifestyle, or education do not affect a child predisposition to autism.
The Victory Junction Gang Camp has also become important to Sadler because it involves one of NASCAR's First Families - the Petty’s. The VJGC opens in June and is a medical camp for children and their families living with chronic or life threatening illnesses. The camp has been erected in honor of Kyle and Patti Petty’s late son Adam and to help to fuel ill children with memories that will sustain and inspire them.
Race for Hope packages are limited and will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis --- some restrictions may apply.
The following packages will go on sale Monday, March 15th at 9:00am via the NASCAR SpeedPark ticket office toll free 1-877-626-8725.
VIP Package - $75 - Ultimate Driver/Fan Experience: **Space is limited to 20 tickets per driver.
Includes: This is a race fan’s dream! Eat an Outback Steakhouse dinner, receive a commemorative Race for Hope souvenir T-shirt, Q&A with your favorite driver, lots of pictures and autographs. Only 20 fans will be visiting with their favorite driver during this 30 minute private dinner!
Driver scheduled dinner times:
Dale Jarrett - 6:30 -7:00 pm
Jimmie Johnson - 6:30 - 7:00 pm
Kyle Petty - 6:30 - 7:00 pm
Michael Waltrip - 7:30 -8:00 pm
Darrell Waltrip - 7:30 -8:00 pm
Tony Stewart - 7:30 -8:00 pm
"Rubbin’s Racin'" Package - $20 - Slidewayz Track (30 tickets available per driver)
**Must be 58” tall to ride
Includes: This slick track is sure to be a blast - try and spin out these professional drivers!
Purchase tickets to race against the following drivers: Michael Waltrip, Sterling Marlin, Martin Truex, Jr., Jimmie Johnson
"Pace Car" Package - $20 - Indoor Track (18 tickets available per driver)
***Must be 54” to ride
Includes: Experience the thrills and hills of the indoor track against two of NASCAR’s “young guns”.
Purchase tickets to race against the following drivers: Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears
"Road Course" Package - $20 - Family 500 Track (45 tickets available per driver)
**Must be 48” to drive or 40” to be a passenger with a 60” driver
Includes: Fans can race against past and present NASCAR winners on this long and curvy road course!
Purchase tickets to race against the following drivers: Dale Jarrett, Hermie Sadler, Darrell Waltrip, Jamie McMurray
"Victory Lane" Package - $40 - Mini Motor Speedway (12 tickets available per driver)
**Must be 64" tall & be 16 years old and present a valid drivers license to ride.
Includes: Race "Smoke" or Elliott on the cool half mile oval in a 5/8 scale stock car - helmet required!
Purchase tickets to race against the following drivers: Elliott Sadler and Tony Stewart
"Pole Winner" Package - $15 - (150 tickets available per driver)
Includes: Purchase of this package includes a commemorative Race for Hope souvenir t-shirt and an up-close and personal opportunity to meet and obtain an autograph from your favorite driver!
The following drivers will be available for autographs:
Martin Truex, Jr.
Tickets go on sale by phone (1-877-626-8725) via the NASCAR SpeedPark ticket office on Monday, March 15th at 9:00am ET. Driver appearance times are posted on www.SadlerFanClub.com under Race for Hope Info.
NASCAR SpeedPark, Concord Mills Mall 8461-G1 Concord Mills Blvd. Concord, NC 28027 (704)979-6770
Fans who wish to make a donation may do so via the Elliott and Hermie Sadler Foundation - PO Box 32 Emporia, VA 23847.