Team and Individual Champions Celebrate Pit Crew Honors
CONCORD, N.C. – Oct. 14, 2009 - During an appreciation luncheon honoring the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge team and individual champions, the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge recognized a $10,216 donation given to The NASCAR Foundation and the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma.
Proceeds, raised from the event in May, benefited The NASCAR Foundation’s NASCAR Day program to support the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, the winning team’s favorite charity.
The NASCAR Foundation mobilized fans, industry and media on May 15 to raise funds for NASCAR Day, a one-day celebration of the NASCAR spirit and its fans. In partnership with sponsors and events like the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge, The NASCAR Foundation has raised more than five million dollars to help non-profit organizations like the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma.
NASCAR team owner Richard Childress established the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma in 2008 to raise awareness and funds to reduce the effects of pediatric trauma.
“I would like to thank the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge for its generous donation to the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma and the NASCAR Foundation,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing and chairman of the advisory board for the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. “I also would like to congratulate the strong effort of the No. 31 Caterpillar pit crew in winning this year’s NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge. This donation continues the funding of the Childress Institute, whose mission is to significantly improve survival rates of children nationwide who suffer serious injuries and reduce the lifelong impact of traumatic injuries in children.”
In addition to both charities benefitting from the event, Jeff Kerr, jack man for the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker boats Chevrolet, was inspired by the competition and a recent tragedy in Mooresville, N.C. He was determined to win the individual skills competition to help a young boy named Preston Loyd who was critically injured in a lawn mower accident. He did in fact win the jack man competition and donated his $10,000 earnings to the Loyd family. The family and Kerr attended the luncheon to celebrate.
"It was just one of those things I felt led to do,” said Kerr. “They're a good family in a bad situation."
During the luncheon, both the team and individual NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge Champions were recognized for their accomplishments. Beating the top-24 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pit crews, the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet pit crew won the fifth-annual event on May 14 receiving a $70,675 payout, engraved rings by Jostens and more. . The individual champions, consisting of five winners originating from the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker boats Chevrolet team and two members from the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota team, received a $10,000 bonus each, engraved rings by Jostens and additional gifts.
The NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge Champions will be presented the official winner’s rings, produced by Jostens, during pre-race activities at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 17.
On Oct. 22, 2009, the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge team champions will perform pit stops at the Richard Childress Racing Fan Day. For more information, visit www.RCRFanDay.com.