Red Cross Racing rewards loyal blood donors

On October 2, the first round of winners for the Red Cross Racing program were chosen. Four committed blood donors were selected at random and will join the Red Cross as VIPs at the Phoenix International Raceway on November 9.

The need for blood is ongoing and the Red Cross relies on dedicated individuals across the U.S. to help ensure a safe and plentiful blood supply. This year the Red Cross also provides individuals an opportunity to be rewarded for their participation in Red Cross Racing.

Red Cross Racing officially launched in April, with a donor rewards program that encourages eligible people to donate blood regularly. As part of Red Cross Racing, the Red Cross launched a new Web site,, where race fans can sign up and then accrue points by participating in blood donation-related activities. Registrants can exchange their points for Red Cross Racing gear. This donor rewards program also has a team element that encourages people to recruit teams of donors to participate in a “race” to win both team and individual prizes.

Since the launch, more than 28,000 people have joined Red Cross Racing, resulting in nearly 22,500 blood donations. Registrants have the chance to accrue points and exchange them for NASCAR-themed prizes such as caps, tee shirts and limited edition die-cast cars.Fans can join the program one of two ways, either at the track, or by visiting Once registered, individuals are automatically entered for a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip for two to an upcoming race. The prize package includes airfare, hotel, two race tickets and pit and garage tours.

The next round of grand prize winners will be drawn on January 16, 2009.

The four lucky grand prize winners of the first round of prizes are:

General Sweepstakes: Robby Ouellette, Manchester, NH
“I was on the phone with my daughter when I received the email that I had won,”said Robby. “I told her ‘it can’t be that… it must be another prize I’ve won.” I was shocked, but I’m so excited! All of a sudden, everyone became my buddy.” Ouellette appears on local television for the high school football games in his hometown and mentions Red Cross Racing to his audience whenever he has the chance. “I bring it up all the time. People do win these prizes. I’m living proof. I’m going to a race this week!

Blood Donor Drawing: Shonda Worthington, Nashville, TN
“I got an email that said I had won. I was thinking ‘what did I win?” said Shonda.” I traced it back to the day I had donated at Kroger. It was statistically almost impossible. I just saw that guy flipping the sign asking for blood donors and I had some extra time, so I went in and donated.”

Team Owner Drawing: Bob Redmond, Flippin, ARHe will bring his brother-in-law with him to the race.” He knows a lot more about NASCAR than I do and he’s a bigger fan,” Bob said. “But I’m going to become one. This is a good way to get my feet wet!”

Platelet Donor Drawing: Walter Paulson, Draper, VA“I’ve been a NASCAR fan for years but have never been able to go to a race. My wife and I are looking forward to this. In fact, we sit down on Sunday afternoons with my father-in-law and watch the races each week.” Martin is thrilled that he’ll have the opportunity to meet Greg Biffle, driver of Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 16 Ford Fusion.

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