Road to the Rescue at The Glen in Honor of September 11


All Potential Blood and Marrow Donors to Receive a Commemorative T-Shirt and Thunder Road Tour

As the five year anniversary of September 11th approaches next week; Watkins Glen International, the Sullivan Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross and the National Marrow Donor Program Greater New York State Donor Center, have teamed up in support of the spirit of charitable giving surrounding this national tragedy. The first annual 'Road to the Rescue' will take place this September 11 at Watkins Glen International and was organized in conjunction with the NASCAR Foundation's first annual campaign at NASCAR tracks across the country.

"We helped organize the Road to the Rescue in order to give both our community and New York race fans a chance to make a difference in the lives of those in need in support of September 11th," stated Craig Rust, President of Watkins Glen International. "We encourage our fans to sign up and help out during the fifth anniversary of this tragic day in our state and country's history."

The Road to The Rescue blood and marrow registry drive will take place at Watkins Glen International, from 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm, at the track's Glen Club. Free food, a goody bag, a free T-shirt and a voucher for a Thunder Road Tour, worth $25, will be provided to all potential donors that sign up to attend the drive. The T-shirt is provided by the Schuyler County Sheriff's Department and all potential donors can also register on-site to win a "Qualifying Ride" courtesy of The Racing Experience, Inc.

Interested donors are encouraged to pre-register at or by calling the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543). Donors can also sign up at the Red Cross display at the Grand Prix Festival this Friday in downtown Watkins Glen from 11:00 am - 6:30 pm or at track on Saturday and Sunday during the Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix.

The NASCAR Foundation has worked hard on their first annual blood and marrow drive with Watkins Glen International and 13 other tracks throughout the country including WGI sister facilities, Michigan International Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, California Speedway, Daytona International Speedway and Richmond International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Not only will the track host a blood drive but they will be working hard to sign people up for the National Marrow Donor Program. "I have learned through my personal experience how important the National Marrow Donor Program Registry is to patients in search of hope," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "Joining the Registry is a quick, pain-free process that could save someone's life┬┐it is a wonderful way to help those in need and have a little fun at the same time."

Thunder Road Tours retail for $25.00 and provide fans the opportunity to drive their own vehicle around the 3.4 mile road course at Watkins Glen International for three paced. A free voucher will be provided to all donors and can be redeemed on September 11th or at a later date.

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