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The Experience of a Lifetime

Here at The NASCAR Foundation, we strive to better the overall health and well-being of children in our racing communities. One of the many ways we work for this goal is providing VIP experiences to those with big dreams of being right in the center of the action on race days.

Take a look at what Kristy Russell had to say about her Ultimate VIP Experience at Michigan International Speedway –

Me And Dad2A couple of years ago, I saw a Twitter link about items/experiences up for auction at various tracks.  Intrigued, I clicked to see what it was all about.  I’m always on the lookout for neat things to do with my dad at Michigan International Speedway that we haven’t done before.  One of the experiences was called the “Ultimate VIP Experience”, which included 2 hot passes, a pace car ride, attend the drivers meeting and be included in Victory lane – along with a picture of me and my dad with the winner of the race

   As I read about this experience, I saw that the auction was going to benefit The NASCAR Foundation.  I went online and researched The Foundation a little further just to familiarize myself with the organization.  I noticed Rusty Wallace was a board member and that’s what sealed the deal for me and took away any doubt that this is a cause I would like to support.  If Rusty supports it, then I support it.

Dad And The KingFast forward to winning the actual auction and being able to surprise my dad with this was a rewarding experience. Talk about amazing, watching my dad sit down next to Richard Petty and talk with his hero, made me tear up.  Then, as I was waiting for Joey Logano to come out of the hauler, dad disappears for awhile.   I was able get to Joey’s autograph, then went on the hunt for dad.  I later found him outside of the Wood Brothers hauler shooting the breeze with Len/Eddie.  Talking like they were old friends about the “good ole days of racing”. I should also mention the amazing staff at The NASCAR Foundation, they ensure that every moment of the day is special, and everyone is so nice!  Shout out to Nichole and Sam who have really been kind to us over the years at the track.

I am so fortunate to be in a position in life that enables me to give back and in doing so, experience take-your-breath-away moments, capped off with being able to share them with my dad, my hero.  A picture says a thousand words, and I don’t know who has the bigger smile, dad or The King.

Just like Kristy, many others have enjoyed our VIP experiences! It’s the perfect way to treat yourself or surprise a loved one!   Our VIP Experiences give our donors all access garage passes, a pace car ride around the track, access to the Drivers Meeting, and a photo with the winner in Victory Lane. As we always say, you never know who you will run into in the garage.

Check out our Auctions page to get a VIP experience like Kristy’s and join in on the experience of a lifetime while benefiting a great cause.