In normal circumstances, The NASCAR Foundation is at track markets across the country hosting our Speediatrics Fun Day Festivals. Through these events, we’re able to partner with various organizations to entertain and educate kids in the local community where they can enjoy NASCAR-themed activities, encouraging them to lead healthy lifestyles.
We invited NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series driver Natalie Decker to join the kids Speediatrics Fun Day Festivals this year – kicking off with our first event in the Chicagoland Speedway market.
Before heading outside to participate in our NASCAR-themed activities, the children get to hear firsthand from drivers on how they prepare for race day.
“I love racing and winning, but there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to be a champion,” Natalie Decker with Niece Motorsports shared. “I rely on staying healthy and having fun to be successful on the track.”
Similarly, Austin Cindric with Team Penske relies on working out before every race. “As a NASCAR driver, I rely on my physical preparation and working out before every race so that I can be as prepared as possible to take on race day,” he explained.
Most importantly, it all comes down to dedication, passion and perseverance. Daniel Suarez with Gaunt Brothers Racing shared with the kids, “I rely on hard work to be successful on the racetrack.”
To motivate the kids and help them get ready for the Speediatrics Fun Day Festival, the drivers led the children in a variety of warm up exercises, including squats, jump rope and lunges.
Shannon, Youth and Family Director of Greater Joliet Area YMCA, shared that the kids enjoyed watching Natalie, Austin and Daniel and understanding the importance of staying active. “They loved learning about NASCAR, the drivers and taking care of their bodies to be the best they can be,” she shared.
Read Step It Up: NASCAR Drivers Join Kids in Step Challenge to learn how these drivers continued to inspire and motivate the kids to cross the finish line.