February 19, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. The 56th annual DRIVE4COPD300 is the season-opening event for the NASCAR® Nationwide Series. The race takes place during NASCAR®’s biggest weekend on the day before the Daytona 500, and will feature the rising stars of the NASCAR® Nationwide Series. The DRIVE4COPD300 is considered the most prestigious event on the Nationwide Series calendar. Tony Stewart is the defending race winner from 2013.

NASCAR® is an invaluable partner supporting DRIVE4COPD’s mission to drive awareness of COPD - a disease that takes one life every four minutes in the U.S. As the official health initiative NASCAR®, DRIVE4COPD educates race fans across the country on the signs and symptoms of COPD, and encourages them to be screened to determine their risk. An estimated 24 million Americans live with COPD, and the campaign aims to diagnose the “missing millions” living with the disease.

The DRIVE4COPD300 race will air on ESPN at 1:15 pm ET.

January 17, 2014

Palm Beach, Fla. – As the sun prepares to rise upon the 2014 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series, tens of thousands of passionate drag racing fans will flock to Palm Beach International Raceway™ for the fourth consecutive year, the lighting quick quarter-mile plays host to The Professional Racers Owners Organization, Inc. PRO Winter Warm-up on January 17th & 18th 2014. And the honor of starting the event both nights by singing the United States National Anthem will be NHRA Drag Racer and Drive4COPD Advocate Ambassador Joe Morrison.

Morrison, a professionally trained vocalist and guitar player has years of experience performing in front of large crowds. In fact, in 2013, the talented Drag Racer from Flemington, NJ played in a Van Halen Tribute Band. However, this will be the first time that the aspiring Top Fuel Dragster Driver has been given the honor of paying tribute to America by singing the National Anthem in-between two of the very same Top Fuel Dragster's he's planning on driving in 2015.

"Growing up in Drag Racing, one of my favorite traditions is the singing of the Star Spangled Banner prior to the firing of the first pair of race cars," noted Morrison, a second-generation drag racer who has served as an Advocacy Captain in the State of New Jersey for the COPD Foundation for the past three years. "But to be given this honor to sing our Nation's National Anthem in front of my peers and the thousands of passionate drag racing fans at PBIR is truly special. I can't thank Joe Castello of WFO Radio and the staff at PBIR enough for this outstanding opportunity. As a proud American I will pour my heart into this effort."

Presented by Bennett Auto Supply, the PRO Winter Warm-up will feature an impressive group of drag racing’s elite including Kalitta Motorsports drivers Doug Kalitta, David Grubnic, Del Worsham and Alexis DeJoria – the daughter of Paul Mitchell Hair Products founder John Paul Dejoria.


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