ARCA Drivers Race, Discuss Safety with Children

ARCA Drivers Race, Discuss Safety with Children

Jeremy Petty, Larry Barford Jr., Brennan Poole (pictured, top), Ryan Reed, and Nelson Canache Jr. all appeared at GoKart City in Port Orange last night as part of a special go-karting event hosted by the National Center for Prevention and Research Solutions and ARCA Safety Initiative sponsors RAD Racing Team and Stay on Track.

Each driver had the chance to race go-karts with and sign autographs for the kids, and all five introduced themselves and spoke briefly about being healthy and safe in all walks of life.

"The kids get the opportunity to come out and race against some of the guys they'll be watching on TV Saturday," said Petty (pictured, right, top right), who was the first to take laps with the children and drove a black No. 3 kart. "The main thing, like I always explain when I go to schools to talk to kids, is to remember that racing is for the race track or the drag track, not out on the street. If you're going to race, go to a race track."

Every child in attendance received a souvenir branded with the sponsor logos, giving them a piece of memorabilia good for autographs.

The RAD Racing Team is a network of volunteers dedicated tobarfordpettykidsncprs12.jpg promoting a healthy, drug-free lifestyle to our nation's youth. RAD provides a framework for motorsports professionals and enthusiasts to incorporate a drug-free message into their racing interests, allowing them to advocate and serve their communities. RAD spokespersons provide children with a network of role models who educate, inform, and encourage them to make responsible choices, set appropriate goals, and refrain from abusing drugs or alcohol.

Stay on Track is a motorsports-themed, drug-free, healthy lifestyle curriculum developed by the National Center for Prevention and Research Solutions, a recognized leader in the prevention arena for over 20 years. Stay on Trackprovides children with the tools needed to make good decisions, maintain a positive "pit crew" - or network of friends, improve their communication skills, and live healthy, drug-free lives. Since 2006, the NCPRS has reached over 400,000 middle school students with the Stay on Track curriculum in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Costa Rica.

Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 will start at 2 p.m. Friday, and final practice for the race will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday. The 80-lap, 200-mile race will begin at 4:30 p.m. and air live on SPEED.

February 16, 2012