David Ragan, UPS & Richmond International Raceway Team Up to Help Local Students with Supplies for Upcoming School Year
Fans Encouraged to Donate for the Opportunity to Win Exclusive Q&A and Pace Car Ride with Ragan
Keep an eye out for the big brown truck around Richmond International Raceway next week. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan and UPS will deliver school supplies to Douglas Wilder Middle School to help local students get ready for the upcoming school year on Tuesday, August 24th. Following the delivery, Ragan will do an exclusive Q&A in the Infield Media Center at 3:30 and will give pace car rides. Every fan who donates school supplies at the track on Monday or Tuesday next week will be entered to win a chance to particpate in the Q&A and get a pace car ride with Ragan behind the wheel.
While many youngsters, and some parents, are not quite ready to face the reality, the school year is right around the corner. With that in mind, UPS and Richmond International Raceway CARES, along with the help of Ragan, are teaming up with the Henrico Education Foundation Schools Supply Challenge. The Schools Supply Challenge (S.S. Challenge) is a way for local businesses and community groups to make an impact on Henrico County’s most needy students by providing them with essential school supplies.
UPS and Richmond International Raceway are asking local fans to get involved as well by donating essential school supplies at the track. Everyone who donates school supplies at the track will be entered to win the opportunity to participate in an exclusive question and answer session with Ragan on Tuesday afternoon, August 24. Winners will also get a special pace car ride around the ¾-mile track with Ragan, driver of the No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion, at the wheel. Winners will be contacted directly.
School supply donations will be accepted at the main Richmond International Raceway ticket office at 600 East Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA, 23222, Monday thru Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Tuesday, August 24 at noon. The school supplies requested are wide-ruled notebook paper, No. 2 pencils, pens, highlighters, spiral notebooks, three-ring binders, lined index cards, colored pencils and four-function calculators.
Richmond International Raceway CARES will match the school supply donations received at the track, and UPS will also make a donation to the SS Challenge. With Ragan’s help, the supplies will be delivered to Douglas Wilder Middle School on August 24th.
“Richmond International Raceway realizes the importance of giving back to our community, specifically our budding youth,” said track president Doug Fritz. “It’s our hope that donating the school supplies will give these students a positive start to the new school year. I encourage other local businesses to follow our lead and assist students throughout the Greater Richmond Area, including Henrico County.”
“The school board and entire staff of Henrico County Public Schools are thankful for the ongoing support from Richmond International Raceway and UPS,” said Dr. Pat Russo, Henrico County Public Schools Superintendent. “The Raceway has always been willing to help and support elementary, middle and high schools in our county and helps us provide the quality education expected by our students, parents and community.”
Ragan will return to Richmond International Raceway for the “One Last Race To Make The Chase” NASCAR Doubleheader weekend, featuring the Air Guard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race “under the lights” on Saturday night, September 11. The weekend kicks off with the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night, September 10. Tickets for both races are available by calling 866-455-RACE (7223) or clicking here.
About Richmond International Raceway:
Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers exciting night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts all of its major events—two NASCAR Doubleheader weekends, featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series—under the lights on its ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout consistently produces the thrill of side-by-side racing, coupled with high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities (including the new-for-2010 Video Scoring Tower) and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is. For tickets to events at Richmond International Raceway, call 866-455-RACE or visit www.rir.com online. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RIRInsider .
About Richmond International Raceway CARES :
Richmond International Raceway CARES is dedicated to assisting charities, causes and events in the Greater Richmond Metropolitan Area that focus on—but are not limited to—youth, education and recreation.
Through The NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Richmond International Raceway CARES donates racing-related items and offers financial support to assist community outreach programs and other nonprofit charities. Working with The NASCAR Foundation, Richmond International Raceway CARES was started and is run by the Richmond International Raceway staff.
Richmond International Raceway CARES strives to help meet the needs of the local area by bettering the community through fundraising opportunities, providing donations and volunteering time and effort for local worthy causes. Richmond International Raceway and Richmond International Raceway CARES aim to improve the quality of life for the residents in and around the Greater Richmond Metropolitan community.