Alexis DeJoria Racing is proud to announce that it has partnered with the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing support for people with paralysis and preventing spinal cord injuries.
The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s namesake founder, a champion driver and legend in the sport of drag racing, was involved in a horrific crash in 1990 leaving him paralyzed. After transitioning from driver to team owner, Gwynn later founded the Darrell Gwynn Foundation in 2002 and has helped hundreds with his foundation’s national Wheelchair Donation Program, which donates custom power wheelchairs to individuals facing medical and financial hardships.
His foundation also donates funds to assist patients recovering from spinal cord injuries and educates thousands of high school students annually on ways to prevent spinal cord injuries. A constant presence at the track, Gwynn serves as an inspiration to many, including NHRA Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria.
According to DeJoria, driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, “We’ve [Alexis DeJoria Racing] been friends with Darrell for quite a long time. He’s such a remarkable person and a legend in the sport of NHRA drag racing.
What he’s done is absolutely amazing. To be a part of his foundation is so important to our team and we’re honored to be able to help him and his cause. Darrell is a prime example of ‘no matter what happens in life, don’t ever give up.’
"Anything we can do to help them along the way; we’re going to do it. I know I speak on behalf of my entire team when I say we’re proud to run the Darrell Gwynn Foundation sticker on our race car this season.”
In addition to running the foundation’s decal at all 24 races of the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Series, starting with this week’s kickoff event, the 53rd Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries, Alexis DeJoria Racing has established a comprehensive social media plan to help support the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s fundraising efforts and help increase awareness of their cause.
The two organizations plan to partner on developing unique fundraising ideas both on-track and off throughout the course of the 2013 NHRA season.
“The Darrell Gwynn Foundation has helped so many over the years and we’re proud to be able to give back to such a trusted and well-respected organization. Now in our sophomore season, this is the first charitable group that we’ve officially aligned ourselves with and we look forward to focusing our fundraising efforts and being an asset to their foundation. We look forward to a productive 2013 season.”