While Texas continues to re-group after one of the largest natural disasters in the country’s recent history, the NASCAR community has decided to step in and help. Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 26th, and has since flooded and ruined the lives’ of many in and around the Houston, TX area.
Ahead of one NASCAR’s biggest race weekends, the sport is doing it’s best to help those in need. The NASCAR Foundation announced that it will be accepting donations for Hurricane Harvey relief on their website (http://nas.cr/2ey1Glx). Donations sent to The NASCAR Foundation will help supply children and families directly impacted by the storm with necessary items; such as water, food and hygiene products. In accordance with the donations, NASCAR also announced that every vehicle at Darlington Raceway and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park will showcase ‘Texas Strong’ decals.
Some of the sport’s competitors have also decided to step in and help.
Earlier this week, Shell-Pennzoil, sponsor of Monster Energy Cup driver Joey Logano, announced that it would be donating $1 million to the American Red Cross Harvey relief fund. Logano quickly decided to join in on their efforts, throwing in another $25,000 while also opening up the Joey Logano Foundation (https://joeyloganofoundation.com/donate-now/) to disaster relief donations for the next 30 days.
“Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast have suffered a disaster of historic size – one that is going to take months if not years of recovery,” stated Logano. “In the last couple of days, we have seen sports icons and organizations step up for Texas and the Gulf Coast. With our strong ties to Shell and the community, we wanted to rally the passionate NASCAR base for this cause as well.”
In hopes of drawing even more attention to Harvey relief efforts, Logano and Shell also announced they’d be running a special American Red Cross-themed car next weekend at Richmond Raceway.
NASCAR Xfinity Series driver, Elliott Sadler, also announced personal efforts to help those in need. On Friday morning at Darlington Raceway, Sadler told the media that he would be donating his portion of his race winnings to the hurricane relief victims in Texas.
“Before I answer any questions, I do want to send my thoughts and prayers to everybody in Houston,” said Sadler during a press conference on Friday morning. “We have some friends down there and we’ve been getting some video and direct contact from them. What they are going through, nobody should have to go through that kind of devastation. We’ve been blown away, my wife and I, by everybodys’ generosity…”
Another NASCAR team also jumped on board during the week. Rick Ware Racing’s No.51 Chevrolet received a makeover on Wednesday evening. What was originally suppose to be a complete throwback paint scheme honoring the movie Days of Thunder now showcases ‘Pray for Texas’ logos all around the car. The team plans to make diecast cars and T-shirts showcasing the relief-focused car, with all of the proceeds going to victims of the hurricane.
It’s been a rough week for those around the Houston area, but with companies and organizations such as NASCAR coming together to help those in need, relief may come quicker to those who desperately need it.
“It’s neat to see Americans rallying around each other. It’s all for a greater good” – Elliott Sadler.