Richmond International Raceway Hosting Sixth Annual Blood Drive Sunday, August 5

Blood Drive

Richmond International Raceway will host its annual Drive for Life, a Virginia Blood Services blood drive, on Sunday,  August 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the track’s infield media center. Participants may enter the property through the Service Gate, off of Richmond-Henrico Turnpike. Richmond International Raceway’s Drive for Life is a partnership between the track and Virginia Blood Services. Donors may register in advance by logging on to www.vablood.org.

“Richmond International Raceway has a great opportunity to bring our passionate fan base together to help save lives in our community,” said track president Dennis Bickmeier. “Every unit of blood donated here at the track will stay local to help someone right here in our community. Please join us on August 5 for our sixth annual Drive for Life blood drive.”

As a special incentive, those who donate blood will receive a complimentary Pace Car ride around Richmond International Raceway’s ¾-mile track (weather permitting). Additionally, all donors will be entered into the Virginia Blood Service’s Summer Survival 2012 weekly raffle for a $500 VISA gift card.

Summer is the most critical time of year for blood donations, with 1 in 7 individuals entering the hospital needing blood. Over the past five years, Richmond International Raceway’s Drive for Life has collected more than 500 units of blood for the Virginia Blood Services.

“Summer is a difficult time for blood collection everywhere,” said Virginia Blood Services Communications Manager, Marly Fausz. “There’s a lot of pressure on the blood supply because blood donation is not top of mind with regular donors traveling and students out of school; and at the same time, hospital demands are increasing.”

To register in advance and for specific information about giving blood, please contact Virginia Blood Services at 800-989-4438 or visit www.vablood.org.

Click here to purchase tickets for the Saturday, September 8, Federated Auto Parts 400 race and Saturday Pit Pass Upgrade, or call the ticket office at 866-455-7223. One of the most anticipated races of the season, the event marks “One Last Race to Make The Chase.” The Federated Auto Parts 400 will set the field for the 2012 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Advance tickets start at $45.

The weekend begins on Friday, September 7, with a full day of on-track activity, including the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a ticketed adult on Friday. Advance tickets start at $30 and can be purchased by clicking here or calling 866-455-7223.

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