Richmond Raceway will host a blood drive with the American Red Cross of Virginia on Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The blood drive is in support on October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the greater Richmond region. It will be hosted in the Commonwealth Building at the Richmond Raceway Complex. This will be the fourth American Red Cross of Virginia blood drive hosted at the Richmond Raceway Complex this year.
“We are always happy to partner with the American Red Cross of Virginia as their dedicated work ensures the strength of our nation’s blood supply including the greater Richmond region,” said Dennis Bickmeier, Richmond Raceway President. “Richmond Raceway is proud to also support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October as part of the upcoming blood drive.”
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 also tested for COVID-19 antibodies with results available within seven to ten days after a successful donation.
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the American Red Cross will remind donors that blood and platelets are needed to help ensure blood is on the shelves for cancer patients and others who rely on transfusions. The nation’s blood supply serves many purposes to heal and treat others, so this month is another opportunity to share that impact through Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“We are so grateful that once again Richmond Raceway is answering the call to support our mission to deliver lifesaving blood to area hospitals,” said Jonathan McNamara, communications director of the American Red Cross of Virginia. “Their willingness to host blood drives is essential to our ability to overcome an emergency blood shortage and we are honored to work with them.”
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 “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. All donors will also receive a free Zaxby’s signature sandwich coupon via email.
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.
2022 NASCAR Season
For the first time since 1997, NASCAR will make its first stop in the Commonwealth of Virginia at Richmond Raceway for the Toyota Spring Race Weekend on April 2-3, 2022, featuring the ToyotaCare 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, April 2, 2022 and the 67th annual Toyota Owners 400 Cup Series race on Sunday, April 3, 2022.
For the first time in track history, Richmond will host a summer race weekend on Aug. 13-14, 2022, featuring the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022 and the Federated Auto Parts 400 Cup Series race on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022.
2022 NASCAR tickets are available for purchase today via phone at 866-455-7223 or online at richmondraceway.com.
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 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.