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Join the Race to Help Save Lives at the Hinchcliffe Challenge with the Red Cross at Iowa Speedway Blood Drive

Join the Race to Help Save Lives at the Hinchcliffe Challenge with the Red Cross at Iowa Speedway Blood Drive

Verizon IndyCar Series star seeks blood donors

NEWTON, Iowa (June 28, 2018) – The community is invited to join the race to help save lives with Verizon IndyCar Series driver and blood recipient James Hinchcliffe at a special American Red Cross James Hinchcliffe Challenge Blood Drive presented by IndyCar Cares, Iowa Speedway Cares and the Verizon IndyCar Series. The event is Friday, July 6, from 1 to 7 p.m. CT at the Newton Club at Iowa Speedway with a goal to collect 60 blood donations.

The blood drive will take place during the KIX 101.1 Horsepower Hour live broadcast. The stars of the Verizon IndyCar Series will join host Todd Steinkamp for a candid preview of the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300.

Those who come to donate at this event will receive a free Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. The first one hundred donors will receive one Paddock Pass for the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300.

Before entering the Paddock area, all donors must sign a waiver in the Credentials Office. Participants 18 years of age and under must be accompanied by an adult and complete a minor waiver form. Paddock Passes provide behind-the-scenes access to the garages access and the Infield Fan Walk during INDYCAR weekend.

In 2015, Hinchcliffe suffered severe injuries after a crash during practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He needed 22 pints of blood to survive, about twice an average person’s blood volume. His experience led him to realize the importance of blood donations.

“It took something tragic to happen to me to help me understand the need for blood products,” said Hinchcliffe. “I’m working with the Red Cross to do whatever I can to raise awareness about the need for lifesaving blood donations.”

Hinchcliffe’s accident is a reminder of how fragile the blood supply can be. “Just as James ended up needing a large volume of blood quickly to save his life, we can’t predict when a major accident might happen,” said Judi Faas, donor recruitment account manager, for the Red Cross. “It’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency.”

This blood drive is one of several Hinchcliffe is sponsoring across the country partnering with the Red Cross to help boost blood supplies during a time when donations often decline. The public can follow social media activity for these events by using hashtag #HinchcliffeHundred.

The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. In the Badger-Hawkeye Blood Services Region, the Red Cross needs about 455 donations each day to support patients at 31 area hospitals. Donors of all blood types are needed to help those who rely on blood products.

Tickets are going fast for Iowa Corn 300 weekend featuring the ARCA Racing Series, Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights.

Media contact: Laura McGuire, 608-381-4502, laura.mcguire@redcross.org

How to donate blood:

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code iaspeedway or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

About the 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 supports 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 Iowa Speedway

Iowa Speedway, The Fastest Short Track on the Planet, is a state-of-the-art 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility located in Newton, Iowa. Our 2018 schedule includes two exciting race weekends: July 7-8 (ARCA Racing Series Fans With Benefits 150 and Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300) and July 27-28 (NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Store 150 and NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250 presented by The Rasmussen Group). For tickets, call 1.866.787.8946. To learn more, visit www.IowaSpeedway.com, “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.