Posted August 06, 2013

Join stock car driver Austin Dillon, DRIVE4COPD’s honorary ambassador, at the races and learn more about this deadly lung disease, August 23 – 24, 2013, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN

WASHINGTON, D.C./Bristol, TN – August 6, 2013 – The COPD Foundation (COPDF) announces that it will sponsor a weekend of educational and screening events for the public, August 23 – 24, 2013, at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn., to raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a serious and progressive lung disease that is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon, official spokesperson and honorary ambassador of the DRIVE4COPD campaign, the official health initiative of NASCAR®, will be on hand to show his support of families affected by COPD, and encourage more people to get screened for the disease, especially in Tennessee, which has the third highest rate of COPD in the country.

A booth featuring educational materials and giveaways will be staffed from 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24. The public should visit the Corporate Display area, located near BMS Hospitality Village at the base of the ramps to the front stretch grandstands between the Speedway and Bristol Dragway, to learn more about the disease and ways they can help. Pins featuring the blue and orange DRIVE4COPD logo of the pinwheel will also be on sale at the Speedway World Gift Shop with proceeds going to benefit the COPD Foundation.

“We are especially grateful to Bristol Motor Speedway and Austin Dillon for their help generating greater understanding about this debilitating, life-threatening lung disease,” says John W. Walsh, president and co-founder, COPDF. “The good news is that the disease is mostly preventable and, if discovered in time, almost always treatable. We are standing up for the millions of Americans living with COPD, and encourage anyone aged 35 or older to get screened to see if they’re at risk.”

“Bristol Motor Speedway is proud to support DRIVE4COPD and the millions of Americans affected by COPD,” says Jerry Caldwell, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Bristol Motor Speedway. “We look forward to continuing to work together to fight this disease that claims the lives of almost 2,000 people in Tennessee every year.”

About the COPD Foundation
The mission of the COPD Foundation ( is to develop and support programs, which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The C.O.P.D. Information Line, 866-316-COPD (2673), is a toll-free number for information and referrals on COPD, offering callers access to peer-to-peer patients and caregiver associates. DRIVE4COPD ( is a public awareness and education campaign of the COPD Foundation.

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