Xfinity driver’s New Hampshire car features fans supporting brain aneurysm-related cause
By supporting brain aneurysm awareness and prevention, Fans have an opportunity to put their names on Joey Gase’s No. 52 Chevrolet in the Xfinity Series race July 16 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Fans who donate to The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation will have the opportunity for a name, photo or both on Gase’s Camaro for the race. The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation (TLCF) is a registered 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating awareness and education for the signs, symptoms and risk factors for brain aneurysms.
Todd Crawford, TLCF founder, and Gase share a personal connection to the cause. Crawford founded TLCF in September 2015 after his wife, Lisa, died from a ruptured brain aneurysm in March 2015. NASCAR driver Joey Gase’s mother, Mary Jo, died from a brain aneurysm in April 2011. Gase since has become a strong advocate for organ donation, appearing at more than 100 events.
“Joey and I are among the millions of people and families whose lives have been drastically changed forever due to the devastating effects of brain aneurysms,” Crawford said in a release. “TLCF is privileged to receive Joey’s pledge to help us raise awareness for this disease and the placement of our brand on his car for this year’s Lakes Region 200 is just the start of a longer term relationship. This partnership is an industry-first for brain aneurysms and we wanted to give our supporters, fans and those affected by brain aneurysms the opportunity to ride along with us and help us make history as we promote awareness of this important issue.”
To have a name ($50), photo ($75) or both ($100) included on the No. 52 car during the Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire, donations must be made to the Lisa Colagrossi Foundation by June 30. All proceeds will go toward the fight against brain aneurysms, including providing enhanced awareness, early diagnosis, prevention and treatment.
“I am very excited to be teaming up with The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation,” Gase said in a release. “Before my mother’s passing, I knew very little about brain aneurysms and organ donation. I’ve since learned how important both awareness and research are for brain aneurysms and organ donation. In the last couple of years, we have been able to make big strides in raising awareness for organ donation using my NASCAR platform, and I am excited to say we will now be able to do the same for brain aneurysm awareness with TLCF. On July 16, I will be racing for my mom and Lisa, who both died from a rupture and were organ donors, in addition to the millions of other victims, survivors and anyone else ready to join us in the race to prevent brain aneurysms.”