Driver to honor Red Cross ‘all-stars’ with special paint scheme at NASCAR race

May 17, 2012

Washington, D.C. — Driver Greg Biffle will salute American Red Cross blood donors Saturday during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. His No. 16 Ford Fusion will sport a “Saluting Our All-Stars” paint scheme, highlighting a list of 33 donors while honoring millions of others across the country.

Red Cross donors provide nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, helping the Red Cross ensure that lifesaving blood and blood products are available for anyone in need. Eligible whole blood donors can give blood once every 56 days at Red Cross blood drives and donation centers throughout the country.

Included in the list of all-stars on the car and representing the Southwest Region of the Red Cross are Rick Knight, a longtime Red Cross platelet donor from Tulsa, and Angela Vargo, donor and chairwoman of the Red Cross board of directors for the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Teddy Peetz, a donor who lives in Vancouver, Wash., Biffle’s hometown, is a longtime racing fan. He and his best friend, Bill McGinnis, each have given blood for 50 years. Now, at age 67, they meet every two weeks to donate platelets. In honor of their combined 900 Red Cross blood donations, the two are serving as honorary pit crew members for the No. 16 Ford Fusion on Saturday.

“I give blood because it’s important to stay involved in my community,” Peetz said. “I started young, and I’ve never broken the habit.”

McGinnis added, “And it gives us an excuse to meet every two weeks. I’ve met so many people who have benefited from blood donations, so you know that your donation is directly helping another person.”

Biffle, a member of the Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet, also is a regular blood donor.

“I encourage everyone who is able to give blood to visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS and find a blood donation location," he said. "This week, I gave blood alongside my No. 16 team. It was easy, convenient and satisfying. I feel great knowing that I may help save a life."

Joining Biffle at the Red Cross blood drive this week was blood donor Ken Temple, of Mooresville, N.C. Temple has donated blood more than 700 times since 1957.

“I give because I can. People need help in so many ways,” said Temple, a retired police officer who turned 73 this week. “As long as I can, I will be a Red Cross donor.”

The Red Cross is celebrating the fifth year of its Red Cross Racing partnership with 3M and Roush Fenway Racing. Thanks to the generous donation from 3M and support by Greg Biffle, No. 16 also will sport a Red Cross paint scheme during the June 30 race in Kentucky.