SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA — NASCAR fans will have the opportunity to purchase a discounted ticket and pit pass for the upcoming Pepsi 500 and receive a hot lap in the Auto Club Speedway pace car all while making a donation to Lupus LA, Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker announced today. The $95 Loops for Lupus ticket package includes a $55 Sunday ticket, a pit pass ($55 value) and fans will also have the opportunity to ride in the pace car on the superspeedway’s 2.0 mile oval for a “loop” (hot lap) at a date to be determined. A part of the proceeds from every ticket package sold will go to benefit Lupus LA.
“NASCAR fans will not only get a tremendous deal on tickets for the Pepsi 500 and a one-of-a-kind experience on the race track, but even more importantly, they’ll be donating to a great cause,” said Zucker. “This partnership is a great way to assist Lupus LA in providing education about a disease that affects so many people in our country.”
One of America’s least recognized major diseases, over 1.5 million Americans suffer from lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder that can affect virtually any organ of the body. Because its symptoms come and go and often mimic those of other diseases, lupus is difficult to diagnose. No single laboratory test can definitively prove that a person has the complex illness. Ninety percent of people with lupus are women.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Auto Club Speedway to raise awareness and funds for the fight against this devastating disease,” said Lupus LA Executive Director Linda David. “With Loops for Lupus, we are one lap closer to winning the race for the cure!”
About the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California
To purchase tickets to Labor Day’s biggest party, the Pepsi 500 weekend at the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California, please call 800-944-RACE or log on to www.racetickets.com. Fans are encouraged to come early to races and take advantage of all the attractions in the Opportunity, California FanZone. The Opportunity, California FanZone is a multi-million dollar facility enhancement including delicious food at Apex by Wolfgang Puck, the Speedway's official retail store called Impulse, amazing sounds of live bands at the entertainment stage, and shade and leisure areas. For more information visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.
The Auto Club Speedway of Southern California is owned by International Speedway Corporation, a leading promoter of motorsports activities in the United States, currently promoting more than 100 events annually. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.iscmotorsports.com.
About Lupus LA
Lupus LA, the West Coast division of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, promotes lupus research, awareness, and education, and serves the needs of people with lupus and their families in Los Angeles County.
Lupus LA was founded in 2000 by Daniel Wallace, MD, a renowned physician and author and attending physician in the division of rheumatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a clinical professor of medicine at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Under his guidance, Lupus LA offers monthly support groups, as well as education programs and workshops throughout Los Angeles County.
Committed to the hope and demonstrated promise of innovative science, Lupus LA partners with the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) to fund novel lupus research that will prevent, treat and cure the complex disease.
With the power of Hollywood and the strength of its volunteer leadership, Lupus LA raises lupus awareness throughout the United States. Its fundraising events harness the might of the media and entertainment industries to spread the word about lupus and its symptoms and dangers, and the need for safe and effective new treatments and a cure. For more information, visit www.lupusla.org