The eighth annual Laps for Charity fundraising event to benefit the Las Vegas Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities will take place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, Jan. 28, from noon-7 p.m. Pacific Time.

NASCAR fans and car enthusiasts will have the opportunity to drive their personal vehicles around the 1.5-mile superspeedway at speeds up to 75 miles per hour (behind a pace car), all in an effort to raise money for local children's charities. Fans are invited to experience the thrill of a lifetime, driving their car, truck or motorcycle on the same track that the superstars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will race on in the Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube on March 4.

For the fourth year in a row, participants will have the opportunity to drive the track under the superspeedway's lights from 5-7 p.m. Local media representatives are also invited to attend the event, drive on the superspeedway and interview SCC staff and guests on the special day.

"Laps for Charity is a wonderful event that has gained a great deal of momentum in the seven years since it debuted at LVMS," Las Vegas SCC Chapter Director Paulette Anderson said. "This is the only day of the year that people can drive their own vehicles on the same track where the best and brightest NASCAR stars compete each year, and it's a thrill they will remember forever. It's a great way to have fun, enjoy a unique experience and raise money to help children in Southern Nevada, and we can't wait to host it again on Jan. 28."

Laps for Charity is open to all licensed drivers 18 years of age and older, and the entry fee is $35 per vehicle for three laps (three more laps are only $25) between noon and 5 p.m. Those interested in driving under the lights from 5-7 p.m. can do so for four laps for $45 and may purchase an additional four laps for $30.

All vehicles must be street legal, drivers must have a valid license and proof of insurance and car clubs and company fleets are welcome to participate. All vehicle occupants must be at least 6 years of age.

Participants can have their picture taken in LVMS's Victory Lane for an additional donation of $10, and those photos will be available online within days of the event. The event is first-come, first-served, reservations are not available and it will be held rain or shine.

Participants can register for the event online at http://speedwaycharities.org/events/las-vegas/laps-for-charity/ and may also pay in person in the LVMS infield on Sunday, Jan. 28.

The Laps for Charity event is sponsored by Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Cashman Photo and Levy Restaurants.

Making a difference in a child's life is the focus of Speedway Children's Charities. SCC strives to do this in collaboration with the nonprofit organizations it supports nationwide.

Individually, SCC's local chapters identify the needs of children in their communities and award grants to organizations that address them. Since its inception in 1999, Speedway Children's Charities has granted nearly $3 million to local children's causes.

For more information, please call Paulette Anderson at (702) 917-6493 or e-mail at panderson@lvms.com.