March 4th, 2010

NHRA Drivers Join Gwynn To Raise Money, Awareness for Spinal Cord Injury

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – (March 3, 2010) – Some of Darrell Gwynn’s greatest moments came on the quarter-mile track at Gainesville Raceway. In March 1990, he raced to his second consecutive Gatornationals victory, cementing his status as one of the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) top drivers. Twenty years later, Gwynn returns to the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals with a different mission.

On Sunday, March 14 at 10 a.m., the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will host a special “Track Walk for Those Who Can’t.” Fans will be able to get “up-close and personal” with Gwynn and other NHRA stars by walking with them on the famed track for a donation of $20 or more to the Foundation. Fans wishing to take part in the Track Walk, can sign up at the Darrell Gwynn Foundation booth located behind the Top Eliminator Club Grandstand at the Raceway (walk participants must have a Gainesville Raceway Sunday admission to participate). Money raised will support the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s ongoing work to provide education about spinal cord injury prevention, offer support to those afflicted by spinal cord injuries and debilitating disease, and raise funds to help find a cure.

“The Track Walk will be a unique opportunity for drag racing fans to meet some of the sport’s top drivers and walk the revered track,” Gwynn said. “I thank the National Hot Rod Association and Gainesville Raceway for their continued support of this very special event to benefit our work.”

The Track Walk is just one of several events being held at Gatornationals as a tribute to Gwynn. Champion driver Doug Kalitta of Kalitta Motorsports will race a dragster bearing Gwynn’s marquee Coors Extra Gold paint scheme during this year’s races. And a meticulously replicated show version of Gwynn’s 1990 Top Fuel dragster will be displayed on the track midway adjacent to the Foundation booth. Fans are invited to visit the display, take photos of the car and contribute to the Foundation’s goal of raising $1 million through the show car. Nearly $500,000 already has been raised.

Gwynn won 28 national events and set an elapsed time record of 4.909 seconds at Houston Raceway Park in Texas on March 2, 1990. Just one month later, his career was cut short by a tragic Easter Sunday crash at England’s Santa Pod Raceway that left Gwynn paralyzed from the waist down.

But Gwynn wasn’t ready to stop competing. Through the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, he now is committed to raising awareness and money to help children and young adults who are living with spinal cord injuries and debilitating disease. His organization spearheads spinal cord injury education programs, supports long-term healthcare services for new spinal cord injury patients, and raises funds for a cure.

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a Davie, Fla.-based non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. For more information on the Foundation and the programs it supports, visit darrellgwynnfoundation.org or call 954-792-7223. For Gatornationals ticket information, call 1-800-884-6472 (Pacific Standard Time) or visit www.gainesvilleraceway.com.


  • Pearl Weinstein with/for Teri Mullis

    Dear Darrell and Lisa Gwynn,
    Good luck and many blessings with raising the money for your wonderful foundation in Gainesville! We keep you in our thoughts and prayers and are so thankful for your help.

  • Mike Gouin

    Took part in the walk at Gainesville. Great event for a great cause. Thank NHRA for being on board with the event and think they should promote the Track Walk at every event on the schedule. Thank you and God bless to Darrell and his family.

  • Tina Myrick

    I was at the Gatornationals and was in the walk. I was very proud to be there. Thank you for all that you do to help others. I would like to offer a few suggestions for next years walk (i sure hope that you will make this a annual event). I enjoyed the walk and found out before i got to the staging light that the track is very sticky, so my girlfriends and i walked down the side by the wall, untill I saw Mr. Brown out there in the middle signing autographs. I took off across track to get shirt signed and bam both feet stuck, out of my shoes i went and down on the track i fell, quickly back up on my feet, totally imbarresed and with no autograph from Mr Brown or any other drivers. It took two grown men to get shoe off track. I was shocked at just how sticky it was, i saw one mom having a time getting her daughter unstuck. My suggesting is that you can walk on track to staging light then everyone should go to wall and walk, Drivers that are signing should stand along wall inside or out, and spread out along the track, i belive this would keep people from gettin hurt. I did sprain wrist and get a couple of strawberrys, but i am good to go. (just hope i wont end up on youtube) I believe there are some crazy people that might take advantage of you if they were to fall and break arm or something. I truely enjoyed the walk only saw Mr. Brown signing and I saw one drive walking away, that was the only part I was disappointed about but it is was great, and for a great cause. Please do it again next year.
    Thank you for all that you do,
    Tina Myrick a Fan Always

    Tina Myrick
    225 Briarwood Circle
    Fort Walton Beach, Fl 32548

  • Tina

    i walked last year and was glad i was able to do it for those who can’t. I would like to say only walk down the side of the track. If you walk where cars run down track you can get stuck and maybe fall and hurt yourself. I will be there this year and again i will be proud to walk for those who can’t. Everyone should join me.nTina