NCM MOTORSPORTS PARK TAKES A LAP FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE
Hosts Drive Toward a Cure ‘Open Touring Laps’ Day April 2nd – Open to ALL Cars and Drivers – With Additional Chance to Drive Corvette C8
LOS ANGELES, CA – March 17, 2021 – Drive Toward a Cure marks the beginning of April’s annual Parkinson’s Awareness Month with a return to NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, KY on Friday, April 2nd, 2021, for the third time in four years, providing a day of ‘open touring laps’ while raising funds for Parkinson’s Disease. All donations, raised via Drive Toward a Cure, will benefit the Vanderbilt Health Movement Disorders Clinic, a local Parkinson Center of Excellence in Nashville, TN.
According to Matt Busby, head of track operations for NCM Motorsports Park, involvement with Drive Toward a Cure has been a perfect synergy. “We’re all about getting folks to come out and drive – and especially in a meaningful way,” said Busby. “Our event continues to grow every year and because we paused in 2020, this year’s event is anticipated to be larger than ever.”
The annual day allows enthusiasts the ability to enjoy a full day of unlimited touring lap experiences within their own vehicle on track. All marques, and convertibles, are welcome and there is no helmet required. Participants drive their own car in a lead-follow format for over 4 laps at a time on the 3.2-mile road course above highway speeds. The pace of lead cars will be matched to the cars and drivers in the group to ensure for spirited driving sessions. A group maximum of 5 cars per touring group guarantees a safe, yet exciting environment, allowing for passenger rides as well.
For a $125 registration fee, participants gain a full day of open touring lap sessions, and a ‘lunch and learn’ session with famed racer and philanthropist Andy Pilgrim. Former 24 Hours of Daytona teammate of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Sr., Pilgrim additionally has four seasons under his belt driving for the Corvette factory team in Le Mans 24 Hours, while also driving for numerous marques including Cadillac, Pontiac, BMW and Porsche. Throughout his racing career, Pilgrim has won 5 Championships and 69 professional races.
During NCM’s Drive Toward a Cure track day, ten (10) participants can also sign up for a limited number of Corvette C8 experiences on track, which include 4 laps at $350. To register and receive a partial tax receipt for all activities, go to: www.drivetowardacure.org/drive-toward-a-cure-track-day-2021.
About Drive Toward a Cure:
Drive Toward a Cure raises funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease research and patient care. Inspired by the camaraderie found within the automotive culture, the organization’s mission benefits equally from both enthusiast communities and industry professionals. Drive Toward a Cure events harness enthusiasm for cars and driving and turn that power into support for ongoing work to improve the lives of those living with Parkinson’s, as well as the research that will hopefully one day lead to a cure. Since 2016, Drive Toward a Cure has raised more than a half million dollars to support BOTH research AND patient care.
Drive Toward a Cure is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that supports beneficiaries including The Michael J. Fox Foundation, the Parkinson’s Foundation and numerous Centers of Excellence for Parkinsons. For donations, sponsorship and event registration please visit www.drivetowardacure.org.
About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting nearly one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.
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