Great Strides 2006
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NASCAR Drivers Join Race to Find a Cure for CF


Ron Hornaday poses with the Tamborino siblings, who all have CF, after the Quaker State & Lube 200 NASCAR Truck Series race.

In the race to help the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation find a cure, NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick is quickly emerging from the pack. In just five weeks this past spring, Harvick, along with friend and longtime Foundation supporter Kevan Combs, helped organize the Carolinas Chapter’s first-ever Fast Lane to a Cure dinner, raising $110,000 for CF research.
 
Harvick began volunteering with the Foundation after Combs introduced him to Frank and Norine Tamborino, the parents of four children with cystic fibrosis. Seeing the family’s determination to defeat the disease, Harvick knew he wanted to help. With his company, Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI), Harvick sprang into action, partnering with the Carolinas Chapter to host Fast Lane to a Cure in May 2006.

The event featured silent and live auctions and appearances by team drivers Burney Lamar and two-time NASCAR Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday. At the fund-raiser, guests bid on many exciting auction items donated by KHI. Among highly contested prizes were a helmet autographed by many Nextel drivers and a firesuit signed by Harvick and NASCAR driver Tony Stewart.

In addition to the dinner, KHI organized a pledge drive during the Quaker State & Lube 200 Truck Series race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. Fans raised $2,700 by donating money for each lap Hornaday completed. They also had a chance to win the helmet Hornaday wore during the race by entering a raffle conducted on KHI’s Web site. The helmet, which was signed by Hornaday and team owners, Harvick and his wife DeLana, brought in nearly $11,000.

Raising money, however, wasn’t the only thing KHI wished to do on behalf of the CF Foundation; the team also wanted to increase awareness about the disease. For three races, KHI’s No. 33 truck, driven by Hornaday, was emblazoned with the CF Foundation’s logo. “It was an honor to work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We are very pleased with the relationship that KHI has built with the families that are affected by CF,” said Kevin Harvick.