(TOLEDO, Ohio – May 15, 2015) – Current ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship points leader Grant Enfinger was the star of the show Friday at Monroe Road Elementary school in Lambertville, Michigan.
As part of the annual Bedford Public Schools Safety Vehicle Expo, Enfinger and two members of the GMS Racing team – Team Manager Nic Moncher and PR specialist Sara Beam – spent all morning and early afternoon at the school visiting with second and third graders from the Bedford Schools system.
“Everything’s going wonderful,” Enfinger said. “It rained a little this morning, but the sun popped out and it’s a beautiful day for this. Vehicle safety’s important, not only for those of us who participate in racing, but for everyone who gets inside a vehicle of any kind, and that’s pretty-much all of us.
“I think bringing the racing element in for all the kids has a way of making safety exciting and interesting, and something they want to pay attention to, which is a great way to get the important safety messages across. I think it really connects with the kids doing it this way. And if we can connect, we can make a difference.”
Enfinger discussed the safety features of his No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet with several different groups of students, who could all see inside the GMS Racing team hauler while Enfinger spoke. Enfinger fielded a wide variety of questions from the kids from, ‘how fast do you go?’ to ‘do racecars have airbags?” Enfinger couldn’t answer questions fast enough for the students who kept coming at him with more.
Enfinger discussed and demonstrated several of the safety features that go with the car, including the seat, seat belts, the Hans, his fire suit and more.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards marketing hauler sat side-by-side with the GMS Racing hauler as part of the display. ARCA’s Safety “Chase” Truck was also on hand.
ARCA’s Safety Coordinator Jayme Beard also discussed safety with all the students as it related to her duties with ARCA’s at-track safety team. Beard also gave all the students a walk-through, narrated tour of the ARCA Racing Series transporter.
Each student received a Hoosier-branded gift bag with race decals, passes to Sunday’s Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway, and additional goodies compliments of Allegiant Travel which included a GMS Racing transporter piggy bank and sunscreen.
Also on hand for the Bedford Safety Vehicle Day were the Monroe County Sheriff Department (including official Sheriff’s helicopter), the Bedford Township Fire Department, the Monroe County Ambulance, ProMedica, the Border Patrol, Consumers Energy and the United States Coast Guard.
Toledo Speedway Weekend Schedule of Events for the Menards 200
The Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care will spread out over two days, Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17. Practice for the Menards 200 will include two sessions from 11:45 to 12:30 p.m. and final practice from 1:00 to 1:45 Saturday afternoon, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 3:30. The 50-lap Buckeye CableSystem 50th Anniversary ARCA Truck Series feature will follow ARCA Racing Series qualifying Saturday afternoon. Menards 200 raceday festivities get underway Sunday with pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions at 1:30, with the green flag to follow at 2:00. The Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care is live on the CBS Sports Network.
Discounted Tickets On Sale Now at Menards
Discounted tickets for the May 17 Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway are now on sale at six Menards stores in northwest Ohio. The tickets are available for the special price of $15 between now and race day if purchased at Menards. The Menards stores selling the discounted tickets include Defiance, Findlay, Holland, Oregon, Sandusky and Toledo. Children under six are free.