Bristol Motor Speedway today announced that NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East event at Bristol Motor Speedway, set for Saturday, March 16, will be known as the DRIVE4COPD 125.
Washington, DC - March 11, 2013 - The DRIVE4COPD 125 is part of a Saturday doubleheader at BMS that includes Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 Nationwide Series race. Practice and qualifying for the DRIVE4COPD 125 is Thursday, March 14 with the green flag set to drop at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, directly after the Grit Chips 300. Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon, honorary ambassador for DRIVE4COPD, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the race.
Race sponsor DRIVE4COPD is a campaign of the COPD Foundation and is the country's largest public health initiative dedicated to raising awareness of chronic obstructive disease (COPD). COPD is a serious, progressive disease, which includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both, that robs people of their ability to breathe and kills more Americans each year than breast cancer and diabetes combined. The DRIVE4COPD sponsorship of the K&N event is particularly important in bringing awareness about the disease as Tennessee has the third highest rate of diagnosed COPD in the country with only Kentucky and Alabama recording higher rates.
Bristol Motor Speedway general manager Jerry Caldwell is happy that COPD is joining forces with the World's Fastest Half-Mile.
"We are excited and proud to have the COPD Foundation come on board as our partner for our K&N event," he said. "It's a great way to reach a lot of people and promote awareness and educate everyone about this extremely serious disease."
"The COPD Foundation welcomes the opportunity to generate greater awareness of COPD in the region and to help race fans and the broader local community take action today to breathe better tomorrow," said John W. Walsh, COPD Foundation president and co-founder. "With Bristol Motor Speedway's help, we know we can promote early diagnosis and ensure people have the access to support and education needed to improve their lives."
Tickets for Saturday's doubleheader start at $40 for adults and $22 for kids 15 and under.
Special half-price ticket packages for fans 15 and younger are available for March race weekend. March race weekend ticket packages, which include the March 17 Food City 500 and Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300/DRIVE4COPD 125 doubleheader start at $99 for adults. A package in the Wallace Tower for both Sprint Cup races also is available for $99, while packages for fans 15 and younger are available for the March races at half price.
Lower-row seating for the Food City 500 is available with tickets starting at $70 for adults and $37 for children 15 and under.
Purchasing tickets to the Food City 500 enters the guest in the Bruton’s Big Bristol Giveaway in which 10 lucky fans win a new Ford Mustang.
BMS season tickets, which include the Food City 500 and IRWIN Tools Night Race Sprint Cup races, as well as both Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300, the Food City 250 and the DRIVE4COPD 125, also are on sale. Pricing for all four races begins at just $175 in the Wallace Tower.
The DRIVE4COPD campaign (www.DRIVE4COPD.org) is a landmark public health initiative led by the COPD Foundation, working to help individuals determine their risk and recognize the signs and symptoms of COPD and take action.
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