Hundreds of Fans Take Part in Second Annual Laps for Life Blood Drive at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Get Ride Alongs

Hundreds of fans descended on Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday for the second annual Laps for Life event, paying tribute to those lost on 9/11 and supporting the American Red Cross with blood donations. Those who donated were given NASCAR Racing Experience ride alongs and tickets to Bojangles' Pole Night. 

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Fans who gave the gift of life got the experience of lifetime when Charlotte Motor Speedway teamed up with the American Red Cross for the second annual Laps for Life Blood Drive on Friday.

While the event served to help fill a vital need as the Red Cross faces a blood shortage, the Laps for Life event also serves as a remembrance of the tragedy of 9/11. The day began with a moving ceremony on the speedway’s Avenue of Flags, with a huge America flag draped between two fire trucks across the main entrance. Dozens of other flags dotted the speedway’s main entrance.

More than 425 fans pre-registered to donate blood as part of the event and additional walk-up donors filed into the infield throughout the day. According to the Red Cross, one pint of blood can help save up to three lives.

In addition to a three-lap ride along around the famed 1.5-mile superspeedway, courtesy of NASCAR Racing Experience, donors received tickets to Bojangles’ Pole Night on Oct. 11 and a commemorative T-shirt. Pre-registered donors also received two free tickets to the Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Oct. 12.

Racing returns to Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Bank of America 500 Week, Oct. 11-13. Fans can catch all the action, including the best views of pit road and the world’s largest HDTV with two tickets for just $99.

For additional information about tickets and camping at the only Saturday night race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit

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John Davison

Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.

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Volume 2012, Issue 7, Posted 11:05 PM, 09.07.2012