(via Iowa Speedway) – The community is again invited to join the race to help save lives with NTT IndyCar Series driver and blood recipient James Hinchcliffe. For the second consecutive year, Iowa Speedway will host a special American Red Cross James Hinchcliffe Challenge Blood Drive presented by INDYCAR Cares, Iowa Speedway Cares and the NTT IndyCar Series. The event is Thursday, July 18, from noon to 5 p.m. CT at the Newton Club at Iowa Speedway with a goal to collect 40 blood donations.
“When James suffered a major crash at Indianapolis a few years ago and needed a significant amount of blood, many of us were reminded of how fragile the blood supply can be,” said Iowa Speedway President David Hyatt. “Blood is needed for ongoing and emergency medical situations every single day in Iowa, but not nearly enough people are giving”.
“We are honored to host this lifesaving event again this year because you never know who will benefit from these selfless donations. It could go to your neighbor, a family member or co-worker.”
All presenting donors will receive one weekend Paddock Pass for the NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 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 and the Infield Fan Walk during INDYCAR weekend.
“What happened to me was a real eye opener,” said Hinchcliffe. “I understand now how blood can be needed in a moment’s notice and how much can be used to help just one person. I’m partnering with Red Cross to encourage more people to give blood so that patients can have another shot at life, just like I did.”
In 2015, Hinchcliffe suffered severe injuries after a crash during practice at the 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.
“Severe injuries, like those that happened to Hinchcliffe, are a reminder of how fragile the blood supply can be. We can’t predict when a major accident might happen,” said Laura McGuire, external communications manager for the Red Cross. “We need to be ready to respond to emergencies at any time and 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 the summer when donations often declines. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,500 hospitals nationwide.
Tickets are going fast for the ARCA Menards Series Fans With Benefits 150 and NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300. Event weekend tickets can be purchased by visiting IowaSpeedway.com, calling 866.787.8946, or dropping by the Ticket Office in Newton, Iowa Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CT.
How to donate blood:
Visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code iaspeedway or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. 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.