THE LISA COLAGROSSI FOUNDATION NASCAR DEBUT WITH JOEY GASE FOR BRAIN ANEURYSM AWARENESS, A MAJOR SUCCESS ON/OFF TRACK
Joey Gase’s No. 52 Chevrolet Drives to Top 25 Finish with The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation at the NASCAR Xfinity Series Lakes Region 200 on July 16
Loudon New Hampshire, July 16, 2016 – Today, The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation (TLCF), a registered 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating awareness and education for the signs, symptoms and risk factors for brain aneurysms, made its inaugural debut on a NASCAR track through its partnership with Joey Gase’s No. 52 Chevrolet for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation car was joined by the pictures and/or names of thirty-two individuals, who either lost their lives to a Brain Aneurysm or survived one, who adorned the hood and trunk space of the car.
After qualifying to start the race in the 36th position, Gase experienced some car handling issues early on but worked those out with his crew chief during the first couple of pit stops. As the race continued, Gase worked his way through the field with a steady hand and masterfully came out the other end of a multi-car pileup in turn 2 after a restart with twenty eight laps to go. The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation car finished the day with a very respectable 25th place finish.
Todd Crawford, TLCF founder, and Gase share a deep personal connection to the cause. Crawford founded TLCF in September 2015 in honor of his wife Lisa Colagrossi, a television journalist for ABC News whose passing from a ruptured brain aneurysm made world news headlines in March of the same year. Decorated NASCAR driver Joey Gase lost his mother Mary Jo to a brain aneurysm in April 2011 and has since become a strong advocate for organ donation, appearing at more than 100 events throughout the country. At this year’s Lakes Region 200, together they hope to help save lives by creating awareness for the cause and raising funds for enhanced research in the race to prevent aneurysms.
“This was a great weekend all around for The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation #52 and I want to thank Joey Gase and Jimmy Means Racing for their partnership," said Todd Crawford, founder of The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation. “The national media coverage we received over the last several weeks, and the last couple of days at the track, will certainly raise awareness for Brain Aneurysms and the signs, symptoms and risk factors and will ultimately save lives which is what TLCF and this partnership with Joey Gase is all about". I'd like to thank NBC Sports, Sirius Satellite Radio, among others for their interest in The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation and helping us promote Brain Aneurysms. This was an industry-first for Brain Aneurysms and we are honored to have Joey Gase as one of the ambassadors for The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation going forward".
Thirty-two individuals affected by Brain Aneurysms adorned the top of the car including notable figures such as Albert Haynesworth (NFL), Maryam Dabo (James Bond girl), Andre Jones (TJ Jones/NFL, Detroit Lions father), and Ashley Harris (wife of Tommie Harris/NFL, Chicago Bears) to name a few. To have a name ($50), photo ($75) or both ($100) included on the No. 52 car during NASCAR Xfinity Series Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, donations were made to the Lisa Colagrossi Foundation with proceeds going toward the fight against brain aneurysms, including providing enhanced awareness, early diagnosis, prevention and treatment.
“I want to thank The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation for teaming up with me this weekend in New Hampshire,” said Joey Gase. “I wish we had a little more horsepower, but we had a good run working our way up the field on the track and took the checkered flag with everything in tact". Gase went on to say, "Before my mother’s passing, I knew very little about brain aneurysms and organ donation. I’ve since learned how important both awareness and education are for brain aneurysms and organ donation. In the last couple of years, we have been able to make big strides in raising awareness for organ donation using my NASCAR platform and I know The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation and Todd Crawford are just getting started in leading the fight against Brain Aneurysms. I look forward to working with The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation again, and we are already talking about doing some other exciting things together.”
ABOUT THE LISA COLAGROSSI FOUNDATION
The Lisa Colagrossi Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization recognized as the leader in raising awareness for brain aneurysms. The Foundation's primary purpose is to create awareness and education for the signs, symptoms and risk factors for brain aneurysms while enhancing research and support initiatives that will help save lives. The organization encourages programs that promote early detection and innovative research from world-renowned neurologists in the quest to find more effective methods in the areas of prevention and treatment. TLCF is a private funder of brain aneurysm programs focused in the areas of awareness, education, research and support throughout the United States.