Richmond Raceway will host a blood drive with the American Red Cross of Virginia as part of Red Cross Month on Thursday, March 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The blood drive to support the greater Richmond region will be hosted in the Commonwealth Building at the Richmond Raceway Complex.
“We’re proud to work with the American Red Cross of Virginia as we continue to offer the Richmond Raceway Complex as a resource to support the region,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “Thanks to the American Red Cross of Virginia for their dedicated work to ensure the strength of our nation’s blood supply throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”
March is Red Cross Month, so the community can be part of the humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross by donating blood, platelets or plasma. This will be the third American Red Cross of Virginia blood drive hosted at the Richmond Raceway Complex since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the spring of 2020.
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. All blood donations are now tested for COVID-19 antibodies with results available within seven to ten days after a successful donation.
“We continue to be able to meet the needs of our community because of the amazing work of partners like Richmond Raceway,” said American Red Cross of Virginia Communications Director, Jonathan McNamara. “Their efforts to rally the community around our mission matter and we are so grateful to all of the donors who answer the call by donating.”
Members of the community wanting to donate blood will need to sign up online at redcrossblood.org. Use the code “race” in the Find a Blood Drive field on the homepage. Richmond blood drive participants should enter the facility through the Main Gate and follow directions to the Commonwealth Building.
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
As part of Richmond’s 75th anniversary celebration, Richmond will host its 66th annual spring NASCAR Cup Series race, Toyota Owners 400, on Sunday, April 18 at 3:00 p.m. The ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will compete for the second consecutive season on Saturday, April 17 at 1:30 p.m.
The fall NASCAR Playoff Weekend at Richmond will include three races over two days starting with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Friday, Sept. 10. America’s Premier Short Track will host a day-night doubleheader with the Go Bowling 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at 2:30 p.m. and a Cup Series Playoff race on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. This will be the 30th anniversary of the fall Cup race being held under the lights at Richmond.
NASCAR season and individual race tickets are available for purchase via phone at 866-455-7223 or online at richmondraceway.com. Fans can view the full 2021 NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedules and purchase tickets at 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.
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’).
About Richmond Raceway
Richmond Raceway is America’s Premier Short Track annually hosting two NASCAR race weekends, featuring the NASCAR Cup Series and either the NASCAR Xfinity Series or NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, on the iconic ¾-mile D-shaped oval. Richmond Raceway is a regional leader for events including sports, live music and consumer trade shows. The Richmond Raceway Complex’s 1,100 plus acre multipurpose facility hosts more than 200 live events over 280 event days annually including concerts with top national recording artists at Virginia Credit Union LIVE!, the region’s only covered amphitheater. For more information, visit richmondraceway.com, richmondracewaycomplex.com, or vaculive.com.