NASCAR Banking 500 Pit Note #13
"Go Pink or Go Home" NASCAR Drivers Again Bring Awareness to Susan G. Komen Foundation - In an afternoon press conference held in the Time Warner Media Center, representatives from the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers explained why competitors are once again racing pink cars in tonight's NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America.
The drivers are again raising awareness and money for the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure. Five drivers and teams are participating tonight, and three cars in last evening's NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 also commemorated October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The drivers featuring pink on their race cars and uniforms are Bobby Labonte, Bill Elliott, Kyle Busch, Michael Waltrip and Elliott Sadler.
Charlotte Motor Speedway President and General Manager Marcus Smith presented the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Speedway Children's Charities a single check for $28,000 in donations that was raised earlier today from race fans taking part in a track walk.
The drivers spoke of what this has meant to them and their teams.
Bobby Labonte (No. 96, Ask.com Ford) - "We've had a great sponsor this year in Ask.com and appreciate their support. They have done a lot with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and I think they are going to donate $1 million. We have over 13,000 signatures on our car this weekend. They went on the Ask.com website for only one day and donated that. I'm really excited to be a part of it. This is my third year to a part of the Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for the Cure. I'm really proud of it. I would like to see 43 pink race cars on the track. It's really a great program and I'm happy to be a part of it. I'm not afraid to wear pink, and I hope we get our pink race car first tonight."
Bill Elliott (No. 21, Warriors in Pink Powered by Ford) - "I echo what Bobby [Labonte] said. We have the Warriors in Pink Powered by Ford on our car. This is the first time I have been involved with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I think, for us, it's good to be associated with this. It's awareness for everybody out there. I'm not afraid to wear pink, either. We are going to auction off the helmet and uniform through FordCares.com. It's going to a great cause. Ford had donated a lot of money over the last 15 years that they have been involved in this. It's a big honor for me to be involved and be here and support this."
Kyle Busch (No. 18, M&Ms Toyota) - "Since Elliott [Sadler] started it, being the M&Ms driver a few years ago, it's one of the longest-standing Susan G. Komen cars on the race track. It's been awesome for me to be a part of it. Like Bobby [Labonte] alluded to, there may be, directly or indirectly, some stories that come from breast cancer survivors. I'm real proud to be part of it. My fire suit - you can see me from a long ways away. It's pretty good looking. I'm real excited to try to get it to Victory Lane and spread the awareness some more that way."