BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Race fans can head to Talladega Superspeedway this Thursday to help save lives. Talladega and the American Red Cross are teaming up for the 13th Annual “Laps for Life” blood drive.
Donors of all blood types are needed right now. The Red Cross is urging everyone to take part in “Laps for Life” to ensure communities are prepared to meet the diverse needs of all patients. Blood donations help save the lives of accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.
To donate, you’ll need a blood donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification to check-in. Individuals 17 years old and up who weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years old and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Every presenting blood donor will receive an array of items including: a custom “Laps for Life” t-shirt, two tickets to the Talladega 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff race on October 13th, a self-guided tour of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and a delicious BBQ sandwich from Smoke-N-Hot BBQ while supplies last.
“Laps for Life” is Thursday, August 30th from noon to 6 p.m. It’s happening at the FOX Sports 1 Dome at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, just outside the track. For more information, click here or here.
You can find out more about blood donation opportunities by checking out the American Red Cross website here. You can also check out the local Red Cross chapter and how to donate or volunteer here. The Red Cross is also on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
NASCAR Playoff racing returns to Talladega Superspeedway October 12th-14th for the 1000Bulbs.com 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, the second event in the Round of 12 in the MENCS Playoffs, as well as the Talladega 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. It’s the final race in the Round of 8 in the NCWTS Playoffs where the field of eligible title contenders is cut from eight to six at the checkered flag. For ticket information, click here or check out Talladega’s website for more. You can also follow Talladega on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.