Finalists named for Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award

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Four finalists have been named by The NASCAR Foundation for the fourth annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.

Widow of former NASCAR Chairman/CEO Bill France Jr., and the mother of current NASCAR Chairman/CEO Brian France and International Speedway Corporation President Lesa France-Kennedy, Betty Jane France is Chairwoman of The NASCAR Foundation.

According to a media release announcing the four finalists, “The award is presented annually to a dedicated NASCAR fan that has made a profound impact on the lives of children in his or her local community.”

This year’s finalists are:

  • Tammy Anderson-Lee. A 13-year volunteer member of the Autism Society of San Diego, Anderson-Lee helped develop adaptive swimming programs for children with autism.
  • Amber Larkin. A resident of Windermere, Florida, Larkin founded the Noah’s Light Foundation for pediatric brain cancer after her 8-year-old son Noah passed away due to the disease.
  • Chris McElwee. A resident of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, McElwee founded Michael’s Way, which provides financial assistance to families of children afflicted with cancer, after his brother died of leukemia.
  • Daniel Noltemeyer. The Louisville, Kentucky resident, who is afflicted with Down syndrome, helped form Best Buddies Kentucky, a society that helps individuals affected by developmental disabilities with social inclusion.

“These finalists personify what our award is all about,” France said, according to the Daytona Beach Journal. “They demonstrate commitment and compassion, putting their hearts and souls into their volunteer efforts that benefit those in need.”

The award winner – based upon who receives the most votes – will receive $100,000 for their charity, as well as a 2015 Toyota Camry for their personal use.

The other three finalists will receive $25,000 each for their charity.

The winner will be announced Friday, Dec. 5, during the Sprint Cup awards banquet in Las Vegas.

Fans can vote for one of the finalists at NASCAR.com

For more information about the contestants, the award and the foundation, go to The NASCAR Foundation’s web site.

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.