Darlington Raceway will host a blood drive with the Palmetto South Carolina Region of the American Red Cross on Friday, July 23 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The blood drive to support the state of South Carolina will be hosted in the Jim Hunter Media Center in the historic Darlington infield. All blood drive participants will receive a lap in the track’s Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car around the track Too Tough To Tame.
“We’re proud to work with the Palmetto South Carolina Region of the American Red Cross as we continue to offer Darlington Raceway as a resource to support the region,” said Darlington President Kerry Tharp. “Thanks to the Palmetto South Carolina Region of the American Red Cross for their dedicated work to ensure the strength of our nation’s blood supply.”
As the single largest provider of blood products in the U.S., the American Red Cross is uniquely positioned to respond to demands of the health care system during emergencies. It plays a critical role in making sure that those in need of blood – including people undergoing surgery, cancer patients, trauma victims, new mothers and premature babies – receive lifesaving transfusions from volunteer blood donors.
“This summer, we have been faced with a severe blood shortage as communities begin to return to pre-pandemic activities and maintaining a healthy blood supply is vital to our communities,” said Amy Brauner, Executive Director for the Eastern Chapter of the American Red Cross of South Carolina. “We are so thankful for the Darlington Raceway for stepping up and supporting this life-saving work and encourage everyone to come out and donate.”
Members of the community wanting to donate blood will need to sign up online at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Use the code “DarlingtonRaceway” in the Find a Blood Drive field on the homepage. Darlington blood drive participants should enter the facility through Gate 39A, proceed through the vehicular tunnel and follow signs to the Jim Hunter Media Center.
To save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive, donors are encouraged to complete a RapidPass, a pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire, upon arrival. To complete a RapidPass, donors can follow the instructions at redcross.org/rapidpass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.
To ensure the safety of blood donors, protocols have been updated to keep all guests healthy while donating blood. The American Red Cross is also testing every unit for COVID-19 antibodies. To learn more about COVID-19 blood donation safety protocols, click here.
2021 NASCAR Season
The Tradition Continues as the famed Cook Out Southern 500® will launch the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs for the second consecutive year as part of a Labor Day weekend of racing on Sept. 4-5. The NASCAR Xfinity Series will compete in the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW Help A Hero 200 on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m. For the first time in track history, Darlington will host a NASCAR Playoffs doubleheader on Sunday, Sept. 5 with the second race in the Round of 10 of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs at 1:30 p.m. and the 72nd running of the Cook Out Southern 500® NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race at 6:00 p.m.
NASCAR tickets are available for purchase via phone at 866-459-7223 or online at darlingtonraceway.com. Fans can purchase a single ticket for the NASCAR Playoff doubleheader featuring the Camping World Truck Series and Cup Series on Sept. 5. To view the full 2021 NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedules and purchase tickets, visit nascar.com/tickets.
About American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and support military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
About Darlington Raceway
Darlington Raceway, nicknamed The Lady in Black and the track Too Tough To Tame, is home to the award-winning Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR and annually hosts two NASCAR Cup Series race weekends, along with the NASCAR Xfinity Series and/or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Opening in 1950, Darlington Raceway is “A NASCAR Tradition” and NASCAR’s original superspeedway with its famed 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval, challenging the sports best in one of the most iconic NASCAR races, the Southern 500®. For more information about Darlington Raceway, visit darlingtonraceway.com.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).