PHOENIX RACEWAY HONORS DALE EARNHARDT JR. WITH DONATION, TICKETS AND “THANK YOU” DECAL
To honor Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s immeasurable contributions to NASCAR and its community, Phoenix Raceway Charities is partnering with Okland Construction and ISM Connect to make a $100,000 gift to the Childhelp Children’s Advocacy Center in Phoenix.
Childhelp has been working for almost 60 years to combat the issue of child abuse across the country. Every year, more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States. Childhelp’s approach to solving this epidemic includes programs for prevention, intervention and treatment.
“One of the things that Dale has said about #Appreci88ion is that it is really about giving back to communities in which we race and others,” said Phoenix Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber. “That really struck a chord with us here in Phoenix. I think that really speaks a lot about Dale and the legacy that we’re going to be able to have a tremendous impact on a group that’s doing amazing work to combat child abuse.”
Earnhardt, making his last start at Phoenix Raceway in Sunday’s Can-Am 500, has been one of the most popular drivers in NASCAR throughout his illustrious career. However, he is also known for his philanthropic efforts through the Dale Jr. Foundation, which has worked to improve the lives of underprivileged children.
“I really appreciate that,” said Earnhardt Jr. “It’s really great for the speedway to make an impact in their community, and they certainly did an amazing thing today, donating to Childhelp. What an awesome amount of money to donate. That’s quite generous. I think on behalf of myself and my family, all our fans, we want to thank you guys for that. That will hopefully make a lot of people’s lives a lot better.”
The $100,000 donation from Phoenix Raceway, ISM Connect and Okland Construction will lead to the creation of a victim-advocacy wing at the Advocacy Center, which has been around since 1998. The wing will provide a safe and secure place for advocates to assist victims and their families in private. This remodel will be completed in Nov. 2018.
In addition to the donation, the track will also recognize Earnhardt Jr. with a “Thank You Dale Jr.” in the dogleg and #88 decals on the Start/Finish line, where fans can sign and leave messages for the driver. Phoenix Raceway has also released commemorative tickets for the weekend, with each race’s ticket depicting a different iconic Earnhardt Jr. moment in the desert.
Tickets to watch Earnhardt’s final race in the Can-Am 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend at Phoenix Raceway are available online at , by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the Phoenix Raceway ticket office.