The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will hold a Bump 50/50 Drawing during the Pro Winter Warmups at the Palm Beach International Raceway on January 18-19. Race fans and DGF supporters will have a chance to win prizes such as cash and memorabilia by purchasing drawing tickets at the racetrack or online at www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org. The proceeds from the drawing ticket sales will benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s Wheelchair Donation Program. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to SUPPORT people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.
Tickets for the Pro Winter Warm-ups can be purchased at www.racepbir.com. Fans are encouraged to use the promo code DGF2013 and $10 of the ticket will be donated to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will be made.
“This is a great opportunity for South Florida race fans to see the fastest cars on earth, win some great prizes and support a great cause,” said Darrell Gwynn, president of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. “The pro Winter Warm-up is such a cool experience for race fans and this year you have the added bonus of the drawing and witnessing the magic of a wheelchair donation.”
Bump 50/50 Drawing tickets will be available on sale at the racetrack during the event. Race fans can visit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation Merchandise Trailer at the racetrack to purchase drawing tickets or locate DGF volunteers wearing red shirts walking the grounds and grandstands selling drawing tickets. Drawing tickets cost 1 for $5, 3 for $10, 15 for $20 or 100 for $100. They can also be purchased online at www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org. The drawing will be held on Saturday, January 19 during the final round of testing at the Pro Winter Warm-up. The first prize winner will win the cash prize charity split. Second and third place winners will when racing memorabilia from the Kenny Bernstein and Darrell Gwynn collections. You do not have to be present to win the drawing.
Using proceeds from Bump 50/50 Drawing Ticket sales, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will donate a $17,000 custom wheelchair to Christine Kent of Fort Lauderdale. Christine sustained a spinal cord injury five years ago when she was assaulted and run over by an SUV in her driveway during a violent crime. Her current wheelchair provided by her health insurance does not meet her health needs and causes her lot of pain. She is not eligible for a new wheelchair from insurance for several more years. The new wheelchair donated by DGF will ease her pain and give her the gift of mobility to continue her community activism with Women in Distress, the Center for Independent Living of Broward, Broward Spinal Cord Injury Support Group and the Oakland Park Police Department.
For the third consecutive year, Palm Beach International Raceway will once again host professional drag racing’s biggest preseason event, The Pro Winter Warm-up, on January 18-19, 2013 to kick off the year. For two nights only will South Florida fans have the opportunity to witness the fastest Top Fuel Dragsters and Funny Cars race the all-concrete drag strip at PBIR.
The lineup of professional drag racing teams already committed to the event include: John Force, the 15 time NHRA Funny Car champion and his daughter Courtney Force, who went on to be named the 2012 “Rookie of the Year” after racing against her father for the first time ever at the Pro Winter Warmup in January, 2012. Also in the staging lanes will be Tony Schumacher, a 7-time NHRA Top Fuel Champion and son of racing legend and team owner, Don Schumacher. Reigning 2012 Top Fuel Champion, Antron Brown and Funny Car Champion Jack Beckman will both make a return to PBIR. Other drivers participating include John Force Racing teammates Robert Hight and Mike Neff, Don Schumacher Racing’s drivers Ron Capps, Matt Hagan and Johnny Gray, Kalitta Motorsports drivers Doug Kalitta, Dave Grubnic, Del Worsham and Alexis DeJoria. PRO single-car teams that will be testing include, Bob Tasca III, Cruz Pedregon, Terry McMillen and Bob Vandergriff Jr.
The Pro Winter Warmup at PBIR offers fans unparalleled access to the behind the scenes action of drag racing. Unlike events held during the regular season, the “no purse, no pressure” atmosphere of the Pro Winter Warmup provides fans the chance for up close and personal contact to meet with the sports’ top drivers. At PBIR, race fans are caught in the middle of the action amongst the frantic thrashes in the pits to witnessing the fastest accelerating machines in the world on track. With over 8,000 horsepower, top fuel dragsters and funny cars will spit fire and race down the drag strip in just a few seconds at speeds over 300 mph.
Horsepower enthusiasts will experience the power of speed as just one of the eight cylinders of a Top Fuel dragster or Funny Car produces 750 horsepower, equaling the entire horsepower of a NASCAR engine.
“The growth of the Pro Winter Warm-up has been tremendous in the first two years. Now in our third year of partnering with the Pro team owners to bring nitro racing to South Florida, we anticipate the largest event yet. The success of this event has been the partnership between our company, the team owners and the drivers.” said Jason Rittenberry, president and CEO of Palm Beach International Raceway. “Our fans will once again be treated to the fury of 8,000 horsepower nitro cars under the lights for two nights at PBIR.”
About the Darrell Gwynn Foundation:
Founded in 2002 by Champion Drag Racer Darrell Gwynn and his wife Lisa, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide AWARENESS, PREVENTION, SUPPORT and ultimately a CURE for paralysis. In an effort to create more awareness about spinal cord injuries, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation successfully lobbied for an established Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week with a resolution passed by the Florida Legislature in 2006. The foundation operates an Education & Prevention Program directed to high school students to educate them on the dangers of risky behavior that can lead to spinal cord injuries. This rapidly growing program reaches over 10,000 students annually at over 50 high schools. The foundation’s primary support program is its national Wheelchair Donation Program. With this program the Darrell Gwynn Foundation has donated custom built wheelchairs to hundreds of individuals in need. The foundation also maintains a model Patient Assitance Fund offering support services and tools at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado with aspirations to expand this model to several hospitals nationwide. The Patient Assitance Fund also supports the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, at Halifax Hospital in Daytona, Fla. and Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla. Additionally the foundation provides financial support through its Fast Track Laboratory with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis aimed at finding a cure for paralysis. With tremendous fundraising partners such as Barrett-Jackson, the NHRA, NASCAR and many more generous sponsors, individual supporters and donors, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation continues to evolve as a leading foundation for those with spinal cord injuries. For more information please visit www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/darrellgwynnfoundation.