Dale Jr. Foundation gives brand new 2015 Corvette to ailing fan

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Wendy Smith understandably has a lot on her mind these days.

“I was just diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer and this is the third time I’ve had to deal with breast cancer in the last seven years,” Smith told Greenville, North Carolina TV station WCTI.

But even with her own battle, Smith is the kind of person who cares about others.

That’s why she plunked down $25 of her own money to buy a raffle ticket for a fundraising effort put on by the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Foundation.

Sure, the winner would win a brand new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, but Smith spent some of her own hard-earned money to help others.

It was because of efforts such as Smith’s that Junior’s foundation sold 8,888 tickets, raising nearly $225,000 through the raffle to help underprivileged folks, particularly kids.

So, Smith was at her desk as an IT specialist for the city of Greenville one day recently when her phone rang. There’s nothing unusual about that; she answers numerous phone calls every day.

But this call was very, very different.

On the other end of the line was Kelly Earnhardt Miller, Junior’s sister and overseer of her brother’s foundation.

“She said, do you know why I’m calling?” Smith recalled of what Miller said to her.

Smith replied to Miller, “Well, I hope you’re calling to tell me I won the car.”

Miller responded, “Well, actually, I am.”

At that point, Smith understandably exploded with joy, saying, “No way!”

Yes, way.

Smith drove to Mooresville, N.C., where JR Motorsports is based, and was given the keys to her spectacular new ride, which sells for about $65,000.

Oh yes, and she also got to meet Junior himself. And to top it off, Junior offered to pay all taxes and fees associated with the car so that Smith owned it totally free and clear.

“Unbelievable,” Smith said. “I don’t know how else to say it. You know, things like this just don’t happen to me.”

It proved good things do happen to good people, and Smith’s co-workers would be the first to concur.

“We were so happy because we thought it couldn’t have been given to a more deserving person,” Smith’s friend and co-worker, Colleen Sicley, told WCTI.

Click here to see the original interview and story by WCTI.

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IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.