RCR’s Shane Lee to Drive No. 3 Childress Institute Chevy in Phoenix

RCR’s Shane Lee to Drive No. 3 Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Chevrolet in Phoenix

Wrap Scheme Will Highlight Race to Give Day on Nov. 13 to Save Injured Kids

WELCOME, N.C. (October 30, 2018) – Richard Childress Racing driver Shane Lee will drive the No. 3 Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Chevrolet Camaro at the NASCAR Xfinity race at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday, Nov. 10. The special wrap scheme will help raise awareness to save seriously injured children across the U.S. and encourage everyone to support the Childress Institute’s Race to Give Day on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

“Ten years ago, when Judy and I learned that serious injury was killing more than 12,000 children in the U.S. each year, more than all other causes combined, we decided to act,” said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR and co-founder of the Childress Institute. “Car accidents, sports injuries and falls on the playground are all pediatric trauma. We can save the lives of so many injured kids if more people support this vital cause.”

A decade later, the impact of the Childress Institute has helped reduce pediatric trauma deaths by 25 percent, but more work is needed. No one ever expects a serious injury, but the Childress Institute’s work helps children and their families when the unimaginable happens.

“In 2008, the same year the Childress family started the Institute, my wife and I lost our youngest son, Matthew, when he sustained a helmet-to-helmet hit during his first varsity football game,” said the Childress Institute’s Executive Director Bob Gfeller. “My personal experience fuels my passion to lead our efforts to reduce injuries and improve outcomes for seriously injured children. A donation of any size on Race to Give Day can make a difference.”

Pediatric trauma is the No. 1 killer of kids in America and almost 300,000 children are hospitalized for serious injuries each year, many of whom struggle with long-term recoveries and disabilities. Many of these accidents are preventable and treatable if the right education is in place when families need it most. It can happen anywhere, at any time to any child. Improving care and preventing injury can make a difference.

Help Richard Childress Racing and the Childress Institute raise awareness for Race to Give Day on Nov. 13 by changing your Facebook profile photo or sharing the message on social media. For more information please visit https://saveinjuredkids.org, or on social media at https://www.facebook.com/SaveInjuredKids/, Twitter @injuredkids and Instagram @saveinjuredkids. You can donate at https://saveinjuredkids.org/give/.


About the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma

Life threatening injury is the No. 1 killer of kids in America. Nearly 10,000 children lose their lives every year from serious injuries. In addition, almost 300,000 children are hospitalized and over 8 million children are treated in the emergency department for serious injuries each year, many of whom struggle with long-term recoveries and disabilities. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma discovers and shares the best ways to prevent and treat severe injuries in children. The Institute is celebrating 10 years of funding research, education and advocacy to help improve the care and treatment injured kids receive across the U.S. The Childress Institute was founded at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2008 through a generous gift from Richard and Judy Childress. Visit www.SaveInjuredKids.org to learn more.

About Richard Childress Racing:

Richard Childress Racing (rcrracing.com) is a renowned, performance-driven racing, marketing and manufacturing organization. Incorporated in 1969, RCR has earned more than 200 victories and 17 championships, including six in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with the legendary Dale Earnhardt. RCR was the first organization to win championships in the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and is a three-time winner of the Daytona 500 (1998, 2007, 2018). Its 2018 Cup Series lineup includes two-time NASCAR champion, 2017 Coca-Cola 600 winner and 2018 Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon (No. 3 Dow/American Ethanol/AAA Chevrolet) along with 2008 Daytona 500 champion and 2013 Brickyard 400 winner Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar/Grainger/Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s/Liberty National Chevrolet). Its Xfinity Series program includes a multi-driver lineup with the No. 3 Chevrolet including Austin and Ty Dillon, Jeb Burton, Shane Lee and Brendan Gaughan, first-year RCR driver Matt Tifft (No. 2 Nexteer/KC Motorgroup/Tunity/Surface Sunscreen Chevrolet) and second-year Xfinity Series driver Daniel Hemric (No. 21 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet).


Childress Institute:  Kara Thompson – kathomps@wakehealth.edu, (336) 491-9766

Richard Childress Racing: Kayla Darrow – kdarrow@rcrracing.com, (661) 373-2663