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Drive laps at Talladega Superspeedway to help American Red Cross

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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 10:09 pm

TALLADEGA -- The Talladega/St. Clair Chapter of the American Red Cross and representatives from Talladega Superspeedway (TSS) will team up to hold a “Fan Track Drive” fundraiser event July 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the track.

“We are proud to host the American Red Cross at Talladega Superspeedway for the upcoming Fan Track Drive event,” Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch said. “The American Red Cross does wonderful things in our area that save peoples’ lives each and every day. We are more than happy to contribute as much time and effort as we can to help them do their job.”

Participants have the choice of driving two laps around the track in their own vehicle for a $50 donation to the Red Cross or riding around the track in one of the speedway’s official pace cars — a Ford Mustang or Chevy Camaro — for a $100 donation.

Track staff members will greet fans, collect payments and give them instructions at the main entrance to the track off Speedway Boulevard. Participants must sign a waiver before they will be allowed to drive or ride.

Only passenger vehicles will be allowed on the track, and there will be no passing during the drive.

Drivers must be 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license and abide by all TSS rules.

According to Peggy Mann, Talladega/St. Clair community chapter executive, this event doubles as an opportunity to disseminate important information to the public.

“During the time that those rides will be lining up and getting ready to go out, we’ll have volunteers who will be greeting them and helping to download our mobile apps for preparedness, like tornadoes, first aid, hurricane, swimming and those types of things,” Mann said.

The event marks the first time in more than two years the Red Cross and Speedway have partnered for a drive event.

The previous drive event, held in response to the devastation brought by the April 27, 2011, tornadoes, generated more than $125,000 in funds for tornado relief efforts.

Mann explained the proceeds from this fundraiser will go to benefit many Red Cross core missions.

Though the event appeals to racing enthusiasts who want to see the Talladega Superspeedway from a first-person perspective, Mann said she anticipates a large turnout.

“It’s a very exciting time, and it will be lots of fun,” Mann said. “I’m hoping for a whole lot of people. We’ll be able to accommodate as many people that come. It’s always a fun day.”

Contact Shane Dunaway at sdunaway@dailyhome.com

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