Before the cars hit the track for race weekend, The NASCAR Foundation hosted its biggest ever event for kids just across the street from Daytona International Speedway at ONE DAYTONA.
The NASCAR Foundation, through a partnership with Brown & Brown Insurance, hosted children from the Daytona Beach community for its second-annual Speediatrics Fun Day Festival. The event, one of five youth health festivals throughout 2018 in select NASCAR race markets, is all about inspiring children to lead a healthy life.
“I got to meet a NASCAR Driver,” exclaimed a child in attendance when asked what the coolest part of the day was.
NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers Joey Gase, Kaz Grala, Shane Lee and Vinnie Miller and NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver Isabella Robusto helped kick off the event by leading kids through warm up exercises, including running in place, jumping jacks, squats and stretching. The NASCAR Foundation’s mascots Chase, Safety Sam and Victory Lane were also on hand.
The drivers also participated alongside the kids in activities such as Goodyear Tire Races, Pinewood Derby Races and Sponge Relay Races.
New this year, and in an effort to combat the rise of childhood obesity, each child who attended the event received a NASCAR Foundation “Fit Kit” complete with pedometer and jump rope – providing the children with all they need to help develop a routine of regular physical activity.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie – whose nickname happens to be “Super Shoe” – was also on hand to help distribute a brand-new pair of athletic shoes to the children in attendance.