As 2020 comes to a close, Phoenix Raceway and Arizona Accelerator Charities are donating $40,000 to local non-profits in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. The four local charities – 100 Club of Arizona, Phoenix Children’s, Teach for America Phoenix and Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) – were identified earlier this year as the beneficiaries of funds raised by Arizona Accelerator Charities and the NASCAR Championship Host Committee, the NASCAR Accelerators, leading up to Phoenix Raceway’s first-ever NASCAR Championship Weekend in November.
“We’re honored to have the opportunity to provide these grants these four amazing organizations that continue to do so much to improve the lives of many in our community,” said Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese. “This year was a challenging one for everyone, especially for local charities that provide so much to those in need. I’m proud that we are able to support these groups in their efforts and we look forward to continuing to do so with the NASCAR Accelerators for years to come.”
Funds for these grants were raised throughout the year through various efforts such as 50/50 Raffle presented by Arizona Lottery, Track Laps for Charity, NASCAR-branded Arizona license plates and charitable donations. Arizona Accelerator Charities is a 501(c)(3) donor-advised fund under The NASCAR Foundation and is dedicated to accelerating our communities in Arizona through charitable investments supporting education, healthcare, families of active duty military and veterans, as well as life enrichment programs for children and families.
The NASCAR Accelerators were formed in March 2020 and its founding members represent a wide range of professions across Arizona, including sports, business, the non-profit sector and media. These members include co-chairmen Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Zion & Zion CEO Aric Zion, as well as Nikki Balich, Latasha Causey, Haley Chapman, Mark Clifford, Todd Davis, Gregg Edgar, Larry Ferguson, Angela Harrolle, Tim Harrison, Sintra Hoffman, Brian Hogan, Debbie Johnson, John Levin, Linda Little, Casey Mears, Scott Pasmore, Anita Petersen, Robbie Petty, Monique Porras, Eddie Rausch, Kim Sabow, Ray Schey, Bobbi Sparrow, and Adam Walter. In addition to Governor Ducey, honorary founding members of the NASCAR Accelerators include State Senator Lupe Contreras, State Representative Diego Espinoza, Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, Arizona Republic Contributor Michael Knight, U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, State Representative Lorenzo Sierra, and City of Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise.
About Phoenix Raceway
Home to the 2021 NASCAR Championship Weekend, Phoenix Raceway has been the premier motorsports venue in the Southwest since 1964 and hosts two NASCAR race weekends each year. In 2021, the spring event weekend, March 12-14, kicks off the race season at Phoenix Raceway, featuring the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and ARCA Menards Series. For only the second time in the history of the sport, Phoenix Raceway will host the NASCAR Championship Weekend, November 5-7. Over the three-day event, champions will be crowned in the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the ARCA Menards Series West. Phoenix Raceway also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including corporate meetings and conferences, charity events, holiday events, sport and endurance competitions, driving schools and Segway tours. For more information, visit www.PhoenixRaceway.com.
About The NASCAR Foundation
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Inc. (NASCAR) established The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006 to support initiatives that positively affect the lives of children throughout the United States. The 501(c) (3) non-profit entity partners with medical experts and other charitable organizations to fund children’s health care programs. The NASCAR Foundation has cumulatively donated more than $36 million to reach more than one million children. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, visit NASCARfoundation.org. Follow The NASCAR Foundation on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/NASCARFoundation or on Twitter at @NASCAR_FDN.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, Americrown Service and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).