Gift of Life sponsors NASCAR driver at MIS
Driver Joey Gase will promote organ donation on car and at public event
At only 22 years old, Joey Gase, whose mother was an organ donor, is already making a big name for himself in the racing world. In early May, Gase and his team placed fifth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the Talladega Superspeedway and even racing star Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted his support of Gase.
On Saturday, June 13, Gase will drive the #52 Gift of Life Michigan car when the XFINITY Series come to Michigan International Speedway. Two days earlier he’ll take the car to a Southfield auto dealership to sign autographs and share his story of hope and inspiration.
At age 18, Gase made the decision to donate his mother’s organs after her sudden and tragic death. He’s been actively involved with the Donate Life community ever since, spreading a life-saving message at 180 miles per hour or more.
From 1-3 p.m. Thursday, June 11, Joey Gase will be at Art Moran Buick GMC in Southfield with the #52 Chevrolet Camaro he’s driving for Jimmy Means Racing to sign autographs and enjoy a barbecue with fans, courtesy of the dealership and Gift of Life Michigan, the state’s organ and tissue recovery program. Art Moran Buick GMC has worked closely with the Donate Life Coalition of Michigan to host events that promote organ, tissue and eye donation. The dealership assists customers who want to buy a Donate Life license plate and offers free perks to customers with the license plate, like a free oil change and car wash.
“Joey is a humble, generous and compassionate young man with a compelling story of loss and generosity to others. He has embraced the cause of organ and tissue donation personally and professionally,” said Richard Pietroski, Gift of Life chief executive officer. “We are pleased to sponsor his car at MIS. It’s a great way to support Joey and promote the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.”
When the #52 races around the track at the Michigan International Speedway on June 13, it will feature the photos of two Michigan organ, tissue and eye donors on the bumper and Gift of Life Michigan’s logo on the hood.
The two Michigan donors being honored are Gerrit Vandenberg, who died at age 7 in November 1998 after a tragic car accident, and Chelsey Northrup, who died at age 21 in May 2014 after being hit by a drunk driver. Family members of both Gerrit and Chelsey will be at the June 13 race, in Joey Gase’s pit area, to honor their loved ones.
Art Moran Buick GMC is located at 29300 Telegraph Road, just north of 12 Mile Road in Southfield, Michigan.
More information on Joey Gase is available at joeygaseracing.com.