How NASCAR tracks are helping during COVID-19 pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the country, NASCAR tracks are stepping up to help out local communities in their time of need:
Here’s a look at tracks that are helping out:
Atlanta Motor Speedway
The track in Hampton, Georgia, has announced an American Red Cross blood drive on May 4.
The drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET in Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Tara Ballroom, located within the AMS Condo Building at 1500 Tara Place.
To ensure all participants have the opportunity to donate upon arrival, donations for the blood drive will be done by appointment only.
Red Cross employees have implemented additional precautions to ensure blood drives and donation centers are safe for donors and staff and reduce potential exposure to COVID-19.
To make an appointment use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Each donor will receive a discount coupon to the AMS Gift Shop and photos with the AMS pace car. To prepare to give blood, the Red Cross recommends donors eat iron-rich meals and drink plenty of water. A photo ID will also be needed upon arrival.
To donate please visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code “atlantaspeedway” and choose the donation time that works best for you.
The track teamed up with Hampton Elementary and the Atlanta Community Food Bank to help local families in need with a mobile market on April 17 and April 24.
Bristol Motor Speedway
Is conducting a blood drive with March Regional Blood Center April 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. and run through 4 p.m. ET at the Marsh Regional mobile unit inside the North Entrance of the track.
To give blood, donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. People with a cold, sore throat, fever, flu or fever blisters or who are taking antibiotics may not donate. Donors should eat a balanced meal before giving blood.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Has teamed up with a program called Esther’s Heart for Transformation Ministry to collect non-perishable food items and books to give out to children in need. Donations
Daytona International Speedway
AdventHealth conducted drive-up COVID-19 tests at the track a few weeks ago.
Dover International Speedway
- Partnered with the Food Bank of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Transportation to host a food distribution event for families in need last week, giving food to about 2,5000 households.
-Bayhealth Medical Center, central Delaware’s largest health care system, has utilized the Fan Care Center as a drive-thru testing location off and on since mid-March.
- Dover has also served as a distribution site for personal protective equipment during the pandemic. The equipment included gloves, helmets, clothing and goggles.
Martinsville Speedway in Virginia is being used as a COVID-19 test site.
The site is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-4 p.m. ET.
Individuals to be tested must be a resident of Martinsville City, Henry County, or Patrick County.
They will not be admitted to the testing site unless it has received proper documentation from a physician.
As of last week, 70 tests had been administered.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Conducted four blood drives through March and April.
The four Red Cross blood drives held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway were resounding successes, with 160 total donations.
The March 27 blood drive at LVMS exceeded its goal of 50 donations and 46 were first-time donors to the Red Cross. The April 2, April 7 and April 11 sessions were at capacity as well.
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Has donated nearly 800 ponchos to city of Loudon to use as PPE devices.
The track in Alabama hosted a by-appointment blood drive earlier this month and served as a COVID-19 test site.
Texas Motor Speedway
The track in North Texas will host a by-appointment-only blood drive May 6 at its Lone Star Condominium Clubhouse.
The blood drive is scheduled for 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET.
Donors will be required to have their temperatures taken by Red Cross staff or volunteer prior to being admitted into the blood drive space. Donors will also be required to wear a protective mask throughout their appointment time and hand sanitizer will be available at check-in, health history and refreshment areas. Approved social distancing measures will be in place throughout the process.
As a result of a $40,000 donation made because of its eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series race last month, the track was able to distribute food and supplies to 1,000 families in its community through Farm Share.