NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES DRIVERS TRAVIS PASTRANA & REGAN SMITH VISIT CHICAGO TO KICK OFF SUMMER
Pastrana and Smith Pass Out Ice Cream for Charity in Rally, Rock & Race Ice Cream Truck Ahead of Two Summer Weekends of Racing at Chicagoland Speedway
On Monday, NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers Travis Pastrana and Regan Smith made stops around the city of Chicago passing out ice cream in anticipation of Chicagoland Speedway’s Rally, Rock & Race weekend, this July 19-21.
For a suggested $1 donation, Pastrana and Smith each pedaled their featured item, a bomb pop for Pastrana and an ice cream sandwich for Smith, with Smith narrowly outselling Pastrana by $2 after over 500 pieces of ice cream were handed out. The two drivers raised over $600 throughout the day, with Chicagoland Speedway’s R.A.C.E. Foundation, a donor advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation, making an additional donation to bring the total charitable contribution to $2,000.
The friendly competition all benefitted the Charlie Dean Leffler Charity Fund, established in the wake of NASCAR driver Jason Leffler’s death last week. This trust will serve as the official fund for Jason’s five-year-old son, Charlie, and provide for his future needs.
“This was my first trip to downtown Chicago and we had a great time out here while raising money for a cause near and dear to our hearts,” said Regan Smith, the current points leader in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. “I want to thank everyone who came out today to help us raise money. We will see you this July at Chicagoland Speedway.”
Pastrana and Smith drove the Chicagoland Speedway Rally, Rock & Race ice cream truck to stops at 190 N State Street, Millennium Park, and Pioneer Court off the Magnificent Mile with the final destination at Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, Bub City.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in Chicago over the years and it’s always one of my favorite places to be,” said Pastrana, who is in his first full season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. “Regan edged me out there at the end today, although I still think he might have taken some liberties with self-funding. We enjoyed getting to meet everyone and we’re excited to be back here two more times this season.”
Pastrana, an 11-time X-Games gold medalist, and Smith, coming off a win this past weekend at Michigan International Speedway, participated in a question-and-answer session with fans at Bub City to end the day.
The Rally, Rock & Race weekend will be headlined by the STP 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Sunday, a rare off weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Following the STP 300, the future stars of NASCAR will take to the 1.5-mile oval in the Ansell ActivArmr® 150 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The weekend also features two nights of the Traxxas TORC Series, complete with Baja-style off-road racing at Route 66 Raceway’s dirt oval.
The complete 2013 NASCAR schedule of events at Chicagoland Speedway is as follows:
July 19-20 Traxxas TORC Series at the Route 66 Raceway Dirt Oval
July 21 STP 300 (NASCAR Nationwide Series)
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Sept. 13 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Sept. 14 Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola (NASCAR Nationwide Series)
Sept. 15 GEICO 400 (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)