NASCAR fans are widely known for their loyalty to the sport, their passion for their favorite drivers and teams and their caring spirit when called upon to help those in need. On Sept. 11, NASCAR fans and all members of the Las Vegas community will have the opportunity to answer the call for help by participating in the annual NASCAR Foundation Blood and Marrow Drive.

The blood drive will be held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's infield media center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LVMS is one of more than 20 NASCAR race tracks nationwide participating in this annual event which collected more than 2,000 pints of blood in 2006. Individuals who donate blood will also have an opportunity to add their names to the bone marrow registry through the National Marrow Donor Program.

Partnering with the NASCAR Foundation is the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, United Blood Services, The Jimmie Johnson Foundation and the Hendrick Marrow Program, founded by NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick. NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson is the official spokesperson of the 2007 blood drive.

To donate blood, individuals must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Those who donate blood will have the chance to win several prizes throughout the day including passes to the Neon Garage for the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pole Day at LVMS, Sam's Town 300 race tickets for March 1, 2008, show tickets, dinner coupons and more.

Individuals may register to donate by visiting and type in the sponsor code: nascar. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling (702) 228-8400 ext. 241.

For more information on the National Marrow Donor Program and the bone marrow registry, please visit

United Blood Services has been this area's non-profit community blood provider since 1943, and serves patients in over 20 hospitals in Southern Nevada. The United Blood Services network is one of the nation's oldest and largest non-profit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America's Blood Centers and the AABB.

Speedway Children's Charities ( is a non-profit foundation based in Charlotte, N.C., that distributes funds to charities and foundations providing medical, emotional and social services to children in need. Founded in 1984 by O. Bruton Smith, chief executive officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., Speedway Children's Charities has grown into a national foundation with chapters located at each of the six Speedway Motorsports Inc., facilities, including Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Ft. Worth and Atlanta Motor Speedway. Each chapter's objective is to assist as many children as possible.

Last December, The Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities granted $299,000 to 64 local children's causes during its annual grant distribution ceremony.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched the NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation supports a wide range of charitable initiatives that reflect the core values of the entire NASCAR Family. The NASCAR Foundation will use strength of the sport and its people to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. For more information on the NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website:

Rick Hendrick established the Hendrick Marrow Program as a fund of The Marrow Foundation in 1997 following his diagnosis with leukemia. Although Mr. Hendrick never required a marrow transplant, he is committed to support the thousands of Americans who search the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) Registry every day in hope of finding a lifesaving marrow donor. The Hendrick Marrow Program's goals are to raise funds to support donor recruitment drives across the country and to assist patients with uninsured transplant-related expenses.

Chandra and Jimmie Johnson created the Jimmie Johnson Foundation in February 2006. The mission of the foundation is to assist children, families, and communities in need throughout the United States. Jimmie Johnson drives the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet in NASCAR's top series, the NEXTEL Cup. He is the reigning NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup® Champion. For more information on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, please visit