The American Red Cross and Charlotte Motor Speedway are teaming up to give racing enthusiasts a way to honor first responders and give the Gift of Life in remembrance of the 12th anniversary of 9/11. Families are invited to the third annual "Laps for Life" Blood Drive:

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Charlotte Motor Speedway, Infield Gate 26—Champions Pavilion

*Opening Ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. outside the main ticket office

Participants who make an appointment and come at their scheduled time will receive two tickets to the Dollar General 300, Oct. 11, 2013. 

All presenting donors will receive: 

  • A ride-along with the NASCAR Racing Experience—Rides will be given in the afternoon/evening
  • Two tickets to Bojangles' Pole Night, Oct. 10, 2013
  • "Laps for Life" commemorative T-shirt
  • A Sports Clips Coupon for a FREE haircut
  • Donor goody bag, including coupons to area businesses

Blood drive participants are also invited to attend a special NASCAR and NHRA Driver Fan Forum at 11 a.m. on Pit Road.

"'Laps for Life' has become a tradition that allows us to pay tribute to victims from 9/11 as well as save lives now in our community," said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "For each donor, we'll say 'thanks' with a gift of speed. Each person who comes out to give blood with the Red Cross will receive race tickets and the thrill of a stock car ride-along with the NASCAR Racing Experience."

"We reached emergency levels of all blood types this summer, and we continue to make up for the shortfall to serve patients in need," said Delisa English, chief executive officer of the Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region. "The Laps for Life blood drive is a wonderful opportunity to help us make up for the decline and honor the heroes who sacrificed their lives on 9/11 as well as those who put their lives on the line for us every day."

The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to 103 hospitals and must have 1,600 people give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.

Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be safely given every two weeks, up to 24 times a year. Most healthy people age 17 and older, 16 with parental consent, who weigh at least 110 pounds, are eligible to donate blood and platelets. Donors who are 18 and younger must also meet specific height and weight requirements.

To schedule an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code "Laps for Life."  You can also call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).