NASCAR fans can help save lives by rolling up their sleeves and donating blood on Friday, Sept. 11 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Foundation's Fourth Annual Blood Drive is presented by Nationwide Insurance and hosted by Speedway Children's Charities and the American Red Cross.

Each year the drive utilizes NASCAR tracks, drivers, teams and sponsors in an effort to help meet the on-going need for more than 39,000 blood donations every day. The national effort spearheaded by The NASCAR Foundation aspires to help maintain safe blood supply levels and lessen blood shortages that often occur during the summer months.

The blood drive will be held in The Speedway Club from 12:30 - 6:30 p.m. Upon arrival participants should park on either side of the Avenue of Flags, enter Smith Tower though valet parking and proceed to the fifth floor.

All donors will receive a gift bag donated by 3M, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Speedway Children's Charities and the American Red Cross.

Last year 29 tracks participated in the national event collecting a total of 4,261 pints of blood potentially saving more than 12,000 lives.

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About The NASCAR Foundation
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation supports a wide range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the entire NASCAR Family. The NASCAR Foundation will use strength of the sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website:

About Speedway Children's Charities
The mission of Speedway Children's Charities remains true to the ideals it was founded upon in 1982: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. SCC provides funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout the nation that meet the direct needs of children. Our vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing.
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