Five people Bethesda supports had the time of their lives when they attended the NASCAR Auto Club 400 race in Southern California on March 1 as Bethesda’s VIP “ambassadors” for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
The experience was the culmination of a collaboration between Bethesda and Motor Racing Outreach—NASCAR’s ministry program—to kick off Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
Bethesda’s ambassadors represented a wide range of ages, geographies, abilities and life experience, and included Chris Thompson of Aurora, Colorado; Arlene Thomasian of Clovis, California; Anthony Donatelli of Mission Viejo, California; Jordan Flemming of Hillsboro, Oregon; and Carl Riker of Ladera Ranch, California.
Through the efforts of Motor Racing Outreach President Billy Mauldin, NASCAR and the Auto Club Speedway opened its arms to Bethesda, providing VIP access and the opportunity to promote Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to the 80,000+ fans in attendance and to journalists covering the event.
Check out some of the highlights of their day at the track:
Meeting NASCAR legend Richard Petty
Riding in a pace car driven by NASCAR champion and Fox Sports commentator Michael Waltrip
Touring the garages to see the cars and meet some drivers and crew chiefs
Walking the red carpet into the driver/crew chief meeting, where they met celebrities and received a huge applause
Look for many more initiatives from Bethesda this month as we continue to promote developmental disabilities awareness, and be sure to help us spread the word by Liking and Sharing Bethesda’s social media posts on Facebook and Twitter, where we’re sharing images and videos of all our exciting Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month initiatives.