Feb 21, 2014; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Ragan (34) during practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

David Ragan hosts event to raise funds for Down syndrome research

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan has been named an honorary co-chair, along with his wife, Jacquelyn Ragan, for the LuMind Foundnation’s inaugural Race for Research event, a three-day road rally and scavenger hunt to raise money for Down syndrome cognition research. The event is scheduled for June 16-18 and will begin at the Richard Petty Museum and end at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. It’s a cause close to Ragan’s heart, as his brother, Adam, was born with Down syndrome.

“Cognition research for Down syndrome has made tremendous strides over the last few years, and these new discoveries are now fueling several promising clinical trials,” Ragan said. “But a lack of funding is a major reason why my brother and the more than 250,000 Americans living with Down syndrome don’t have access to treatments yet.”

Teams of two will travel via car through “NASCAR country” and complete scavenger hunt-like tasks during “pit stops” along the route. Those “pit stops” would take place at locales such as the Richard Petty Museum, Childress Winery, Bowman Gray Stadium, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Wood Brothers Racing, Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway, Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Front Row Motorsports, Dale Earnhardt Museum, Earnhardt Tribute Plaza, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, NASCAR Research and Development Center, Hendrick Motorsports and NASCAR Hall of Fame.

“The Race for Research is a chance for NASCAR fans to meet some of the sport’s legends, journey through racing history and also fund research that one day may improve learning and memory in those with Down syndrome, including my brother, Adam,” Ragan said.

For more information, to donate or sign up for the event, visit dsrtfRaceforResearch.org

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