More Than 400 Fans Join Darrell & NHRA Drivers for Walk Along Gainesville Raceway Track To Raise Money, Awareness for Spinal Cord Injury
GAINESVILLE, FL – (March 14, 2010) – Thanks to the NHRA, Tire Kingdom Gatornationals, Gainesville Raceway and more than 400 fans who donated money to walk the famed Gainesville quarter-mile, the inaugural Darrell Gwynn Foundation “Track Walk for Those Who Can’t” was a major success!
The more than 400 fans who contributed $20 or more to join Darrell and NHRA drivers for the special walk helped raise at least $10,000 for the Foundation. The fans also helped Darrell celebrate the 20th anniversary of his final NHRA major event win at the 1990 Gatornationals, just one month before the tragic exhibition accident that left him paralyzed and ended his driving career.
It was a unique opportunity for fans to be “up-close and personal” with Gwynn and NHRA stars by walking with them on the famed track. NHRA drivers participating in the Walk included Antron Brown, Brandon Bernstein, Doug Kalitta, Dave Grubnic, Doug Foley, Pat Dakin, Ashley Force Hood, Cory Mac, Jack Beckman, Larry Dixon, Jeff Arend, Jeg Coughlin and Jim Head. NASCAR drivers Kurt Busch and Scott Speed also joined the cause.
The money raised during the walk and ancillary events 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.
“This was a unique opportunity for drag racing fans to meet some of the sport’s top drivers and walk the revered Gainesville Raceway track. I was amazed by the number of people who turned out to help the Darrell Gwynn Foundation,” Gwynn said. “I am also grateful to the National Hot Rod Association and Gainesville Raceway for their continued support of this very special event to benefit our work.”
The Track Walk was one of several events held at the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals as a tribute to Gwynn. Champion driver Doug Kalitta of Kalitta Motorsports raced a dragster bearing Gwynn’s marquee Coors Extra Gold paint scheme in this year’s competition and a meticulously replicated show version of Gwynn’s 1990 Top Fuel dragster was on display to help raise funds for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
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, before his career was cut short by the Easter Sunday crash at England’s Santa Pod Raceway. Today, through the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, he 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.