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NASCAR partners in Troops to the Track program

May 14, 2011, Official Release, NASCAR.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR, in partnership with the Armed Forces Foundation, on Saturday announced the official formation of a Troops to the Track program that recognizes and hosts members of the U.S. Armed Forces at NASCAR races throughout the year.

Troops to the Track will provide more than 100 wounded service members, or service members in jobs that are particularly emotional and physically demanding, an opportunity to get away from the challenges they face each day with an exclusive, VIP-style NASCAR race day experience.

"Troops to the Track showcases NASCAR's commitment to our nation's military, and we are more than excited to join forces with NASCAR in launching this program in support of our military men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces," said Patricia Driscoll, president and executive director of the Armed Forces Foundation. "Here at the Armed Forces Foundation, we constantly strive to 'serve those who serve,' and with the support from NASCAR and the NASCAR community through Troops to the Track, we will be able to provide more opportunities for service members and their families around the country to get away from the stresses of injuries and deployments while enjoying the patriotism of the NASCAR community."

Troops to the Track is part of a broader NASCAR industry effort to support Joining Forces, the national initiative launched this April by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. Joining Forces aims to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. Troops to the Track enables the NASCAR community to come together in support of the First Lady's call to action by bringing attention to the unique needs and strengths of America's military families, highlighting the skills and experiences of service men and women in the communities where NASCAR races, and in creating greater connections between the public and local military service men and women.

"NASCAR is pleased to work with the Armed Forces Foundation in support of the Troops to the Track program," said Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs and multicultural development. "The pride of the NASCAR community is reflected throughout our extended family when we all come together to join forces in support of our military members and their families."

NASCAR and the Armed Forces Foundation started hosting troops as guests at and away from the race track during the 2010 season and into this season. Many NASCAR teams, drivers, sponsors, and track partners have enthusiastically supported the pilot program to date, including race team owner Richard Childress, who has hosted troops at his North Carolina-based winery, offered personal tours of the Richard Childress Racing museum and spent time with visiting troops at-track and in setting up meet-and-greets with team drivers.

"I have been involved in a number of military foundations over the years, all of which have done many great things, but the work of the Armed Forces Foundation for our military is phenomenal," said Childress, the 2011 recipient of the AFF's Bill and Beverly Young Humanitarian of the Year Award. "Patricia Driscoll and her staff are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of military personnel, both active and retired, and their families by assisting them in so many different ways. It's an honor to be involved with the Armed Forces Foundation and NASCAR in the Troops to the Track program and I look forward to meeting with some of the troops here this weekend and throughout the rest of the year."

Troops to the Track

2011 calendar
DateTrackGuests
April 30Richmond Int'l RacewayUSMC Wounded Warrior Regiment, Quantico
May 7Darlington RacewayWarrior Transition Unit, Fort Jackson
May 15Dover Int'l SpeedwayU.S. Air Force Mortuary Services, Dover Air Force Base
May 29Charlotte Motor SpeedwayU.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg
June 12Pocono RacewayWarrior Transition Unit, West Point
Sept. 10Richmond Int'l RacewayWalter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda
Oct. 2Dover Int'l RacewayU.S. Air Force Mortuary Services, Dover Air Force Base
Oct. 15Charlotte Motor SpeedwayU.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg
Nov. 6Texas Motor SpeedwayBrooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio

Childress is set to host guests from the U.S. Air Force Mortuary Services of nearby Dover Air Force Base on Sunday at Dover International Speedway. Following Dover, six additional Troops to the Track race weekend visits are scheduled for the 2011 season.

For more information on the Armed Forces Foundation, please visit http://www.armedforcesfoundation.org/.

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