Here is what has been ricocheting around my brain like lug nuts during a green flag pit stop:
1. As I mentioned in the last post, Brian Vickers will be back in the 14 car as Tony Stewart’s replacement driver at Auto Club. For this race the 14 has previously been sponsored by Rush Truck Center, however this year the primary sponsor for the 14 car will be sponsored by Janssen & Arnie’s Army. Janssen, as you might know, is the pharmaceutical company that makes Xarelto the anti-clot medication that Brian Vickers, Arnold Palmer and others credit for helping them survive devastating blood clots. Arnie’s Army is Arnold Palmer’s charitable organization which provides financial support to institutions and organizations that help children, youth, families, the environment and the communities in which we live. Also a show car with this paint scheme will be near the ninth fairway at the PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida for most of the week. We all know that blood clot awareness and treatment is something near and dear to Brian Vickers as he has struggled publicly with the condition:
“I’m proud to team up with Janssen once again to talk about this serious condition I share with hundreds of thousands of Americans. I’m also thankful and excited to be driving for Stewart-Haas Racing in the No. 14 Janssen Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation Chevrolet in support of my dear friend and fellow blood clot survivor, Mr. Arnold Palmer.” Brian Vickers, Team Release
Additionally the Xfinity race at Autoclub will be sponsored by TreatMyClot.Com (Xarelto).
2. Your favorite driver and mine Tony Stewart will be Honored on May 25th at the 36th Annual Sonic Automotive Raceway Children’s Charties Gala for his “successes on and off the track including his incredible contributions to Speedway Children’s Charities across all 8 chapters.” The Gala, being held at the Ritz Carlton in Charlotte, will recognize him for his philanthropic efforts:
“For more than 15 years Stewart has wowed NASCAR fans across the country, but he rarely gets recognized for his philanthropic efforts. The Gala will be the perfect opportunity for us to thank him for all he’s done for Speedway Children’s Charities to help children in need around the country.” Marcus Smith, vice chairman of Speedway Children’s Charities per FoxSports.
While our driver has made it clear that he doesn’t want to be paraded through the media center every week to get a gift…this is much deserved recognition that we all know he deserves.
3. One of only two NASCAR Sprint Cup series races in my home state is this weekend. If you can stop by Auto Club Speedway down in Fontana on Thursday (it’s St. Patrick’s day so remember to wear green or someone might pinch you) it’s Fan Fest which starts at 5:00 pm local time at Auto Club. Fan Fest is free to the public and will feature driver appearances through the night including: Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Brennan Poole, and more. There will also be live entertainment, family friendly fun and concessions. Just follow the signs to the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone. Admission and parking are FREE.
4. Are you ready for your laugh of the week? This made me laugh…Ryan Blaney and Darrell Wallace Jr’s snapchat video of their road trip from Phoenix to Los Angeles:
5. Are you looking for some racing inspired footwear- complete with soles that look like tire tread look no further. Goodyear Tire Company is releasing a line of racing inspired footwear. Unfortunately right now the line is only available in Mens- but they look pretty cool. Maybe if it’s successful they will put out a female line of shoes. Various styles range in price from $60 – $80 dollars and should be available in a shoe boutique near you. Here is a sneak peak at the men’s line:
6. #WholeySmoke have you seen this video from the Tony Stewart Foundation about Tony being “just a regular guy?” Not only does the video fit Tony but it explains one of the reasons Smoke is MY driver:
7. Here are a couple of interesting articles I read this week that I thought I would share. The first is an article about Monument Hill (aka Rattlesnake Hill as Arizona NASCAR fans know it) by Carol D’Agostino from Skirts and Scuffs. The second is an article by Mary Jo Buchanan from Popular Speed about NASCAR pioneer Janet Guthrie, Then and Now. Both are excellent reads and you should give them a gander should you have a spare minute or five.
8. Know a “Champion For Children?” Time is running out (as in you only have thorugh Friday March 18th so get moving) to nominate your champion for the The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award presented by Nationwide. The winner recieves $100,000 donation for their charity and the three finalists will receive $25,000 donations! You can nominate someone here: NASCAR.com/Award
A Gratuitous Tony Stewart picture for you:
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