NASCAR Banking 500 Pit Note #2
Jeff Gordon Foundation Announces Donation
NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jeff Gordon talked about his foundation prior to his media availability this afternoon in the Time Warner Media Center at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary last evening at a gala in Charlotte.
"We announced the foundation is giving $2.5 million for pediatric cancer research to the Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital in Charlotte and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis," said Gordon. "Since it was established in 1999, we have made over $10 million in contributions to children. We have had so much support from our fans, the business community and people in racing. I want to say ‘thank you' to all of the media, all the fans and everybody who has helped us. I am very proud of what we have accomplished."
Philip Morris (three-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion)
Ruckersville, Virginia native and Whelen All-American Series National Champion, Philip Morris, was on hand today in the Time Warner Media Center to talk about his third national title.
"It took so long to get that first one, and we made of lot of mistakes," said Morris. "We never really thought that we could win another one. You win some races; you run second a lot, and you lose a lot of races that you should have won. So, we came through so many years of finishing second that we finally started figuring out how to minimize our mistakes and fix our errors. When the first one came around, it was such a long shot. We never did think that we would make it back here again. Then, we came back in 2007 and finished in the top-five. We really did realize that we have a shot at this thing. We just worked really hard and honed, and dug deep down. Then, to come back and win it last year - and now to repeat - it makes us want to try for a ‘four-peat.' We just have to focus and hit our marks as a team. Obviously, I am not as young as some of these guys. Some of them could be my children that I'm racing against. We are just working hard and testing and doing whatever it takes."
Autograph Session prior to Dollar General 300 for Ticketholders
Race fans arriving early for Friday night's Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway will get the chance to get autographs from many Nationwide Series drivers on the front straightaway from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting. Some of the drivers scheduled to participate include: John Wes Townley, Michael Annett, Morgan Shepherd, Scott Wimmer, Peyton Sellers, Kenny Wallace, Jason Keller, Trevor Bane, Brendan Gaughan, Mike Bliss, Robert Richardson Jr., Ken Butler and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.