Bob Vandergriff Racing, Kalitta Motorsports, Alexis DeJoria Racing, Terry McMillen Racing, Don Schumacher Racing, John Force Racing and Team JEGS are among the teams that will show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October with special-edition pink-themed race cars.
During October, Bob Vandergriff Jr. will be adding pink to his black and silver C&J Energy Services Top Fuel dragster to help bring attention to the battle. Bob Vandergriff Racing also has 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.”
Kalitta Motorsports will join forces with the Mac Tools Wrenching for a Cure program, which supports the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, with Doug Kalitta fielding a one-of-a-kind pink Mac Tools dragster. Mac Tools has partnered with the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research for more than three years and has developed special pink products available for purchase through local Mac Tools distributors; a portion of the sales goes to the fund.
Alexis DeJoria will drive a pink-accented Tequila Patron Funny Car in October, and 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.”
Antron Brown’s Don Schumacher Racing dragster will be pink and black for the second consecutive season 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.
McMillen's Amalie Oil/UNOH/All Star Performance green dragster also turns pink in October, in efforts to raise awareness for breast cancer and money for She4Life. McMillen will race the pink car for the remaining three races.
"Cancer is something that touches all of us," said McMillen. "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."
John Force Racing joins the pink movement for the second season, with Courtney and Brittany Force sporting pink in October. The JFR drivers will support Lionel Racing’s Paint the Track Pink program in support of breast cancer research. Courtney’s Traxxas Funny Car will be pink for the second-straight year, joined on the track by Brittany’s hot pink Castrol Edge dragster. Both schemes will race at Maple Grove Raceway this weekend.
“I’m really excited,” said Courtney. “It’s all about raising interest for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s for a good cause, and it’s exciting for our team to be able to come out here and run a pink car. It’s only one time a year we get to do this, and it’s fun for me being a girl and having my Traxxas Funny Car be all pink. I’ll have a pink firesuit too. It was a lot of fun being involved in designing my car this year. I look forward to it every year, but most importantly, it’s all about bringing awareness to breast cancer and breast cancer research. I’m just excited and honored to be able to fly with pink colors during Reading.”
“I’m really looking forward to this promotion,” said Brittany. “Courtney did it last year. It’s for an awesome cause, and it’s something I think the fans will really enjoy because it’s a new paint scheme. There’s going to be hot pink on my car, and Courtney will be running a hot pink car as well. I think it’s going to be really cool watching the Castrol Edge car go down the track all in pink. Being able to be a part of a team that’s going to help bring awareness to breast cancer and breast cancer research is such a great thing.”
The JEGS logo will be pink on JEGS.com and all JEGS-sponsored race cars, including the JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Avenger driven by Pro Stock championship contender Jeg Coughlin Jr., throughout October.
"We're proud to be adding a splash of pink to the familiar yellow and black of our website and JEGS.com race cars," said Coughlin Jr. "We have family members who are cancer survivors, and we're dedicated to ensure there will be more success stories in every family. Almost everyone in this country has been touched by cancer in one way or another, so it's a cause we can all support. Going pink this month is our way of saluting the millions of Americans who are battling cancers of all types."
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