For over 17 years, Richard Childress Racing partner Grainger has donated over $18 million in cash and products to the American Red Cross. In an effort to bring awareness to their long-term relationship and the help generate additional funds, Grainger provided invaluable space on the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL driven by Ryan Newman at last weekend’s Sonoma 350 at Sonoma Raceway and will do so again during the inaugural running of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Roval on September 30.
In addition to the American Red Cross branding on Newman’s No. 31 Camaro ZL1, a message was also prominently displayed on the hood and rear bumper to encourage fans to text “RED CROSS” to 90999 to donate. Fans can also donate by visiting GraingerRacing. com.
“It’s such an honor for me to drive for an organization like Grainger and for everything they do to support so many people in need through their relationship with the American Red Cross,” said Newman who drove the No. 31 Grainger Chevrolet to Victory Lane last year at Phoenix Raceway. “It really means a lot to gather as a group to help all the families who lost everything in the fires. For me personally, I have been involved in many crashes and the scariest thing I ever experienced was fire.
“What Grainger and the American Red Cross are doing together is so important and the least we can do as a community is to give back and help in any way we can,” said Newman.
To officially kick off the altruistic endeavor, Grainger and the American Red Cross proudly supported Sonoma Raceway’s Sonoma Rising campaign on June 22nd by assembling American Red Cross kits for families that still needed the essentials and for those locally who may need assistance during a tragic time like a home fire.
Newman, crew chief Luke Lambert, members of the No. 31 team, Grainger, the American Red Cross and the Ghigliazza family were on hand to assemble 500 Red Cross kits filled with personal hygiene items a person may need during a disaster.
Did you miss the Facebook Live? We’re working with our partners @Grainger and @RedCross to pack care kits for families in need. Do your part by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate. #GraingerRacing pic.twitter.com/YoTwAc5PpU
— RCR Cup Teams (@RCRCup) June 23, 2018
The Ghigliazza family were guests of Grainger for the weekend. John Ghigliazza is a local board chair of the Northern California Coastal Region of the Red Cross and found himself applying for services to begin the recovery process after losing the family home during the Sonoma/Napa fires.
“I never thought I would be on this side of a disaster,” said Ghigliazza. “My family lost our home in the Tubbs fire on October 9. As a member of the board, I never imagined becoming a client.”
In case you missed it, RCR went live from the Grainger/American Red Cross event at Sonoma Raceway.