For the second year, volunteers at the Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS) are signing on NASCAR Modified Series racing driver Richie Pallai, Jr., as a volunteer spokesman.
Stafford Motor Speedways CARQUEST Champions For Charities Event takes place Saturday, June 30th. During the coming weeks, SMS will offer a profile on each of its championship winning drivers and the charity they will be racing for and this week’s CARQUEST Champions For Charities spotlight falls on Richie Pallai, Jr., the 2009 Spring Sizzler SK Modified® Champion, who will be racing to help support The Danbury Animal Welfare Society.
Pallai’s fundraising total currently has him out front in the race for pole position for the 15-lap CARQUEST Champions for Charities feature event. “We have a great relationship with DAWS and attending their annual Ball was a pretty cool deal,” said Pallai. “We were able to raise $1,800, so that is a great start for us. Last year we raised $3,000, so we’re already more than halfway there to matching that total.”
Pallai is also looking forward to getting back onto the Stafford Mini-Mile behind the wheel of a Wild Thing Kart Senior Outlaw machine. After finishing 7th in last year’s CARQUEST Champions For Charities event, Pallai is looking to be the driver who passes under the checkered flag first.
The starting lineups for the CARQUEST Champions For Charities qualifying races will be determined by how much money each driver raises for their selected charity. The starting grid will be set with the drivers who have raised the most money starting up front. Fans are encouraged to get involved in the event by donating to the The Danbury Animal Welfare Society on behalf of Richie Pallai, Jr., for more information on the event, please refer to the CARQUEST Champions for Charities donation page.
CARQUEST Super Saturday will take place on Saturday, June 30, 2012 and will feature the ISMA Super Modifieds, NEMA Midgets, and Pro-4 Modifieds in addition to the Senior Outlaw Wild Thing Karts. Tickets for CARQUEST Super Saturday are on sale now at the Speedway Box Office and are priced at $33.00 for adult general admission tickets, $5.00 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. For more information, or to order tickets to the 9th Annual CARQUEST Super Saturday event, contact the Stafford Motor Speedway track office at 860-684-2783.
For more information, contact Cathy Lent, DAWS Community Outreach Coordinator at Cathy.Lent@daws.org
Here's are a few photos from last years event:
Richie Pallai, Jr., and the racecar he drove:
Rich Pallai, Sr., and Richie Pallai, Jr., present a Big Check to Cathy Lent, DAWS Community Outreach Coordinator
More photos are available in Richie Pallai, Jr.'s Facebook Album: Champions for Charity Extreme Tuesday
More About Richie ....
Pallai, 22, is currently studying Sports Management at NYU and is a member of the school’s hockey team. He spends his summers on the car-racing circuit where he’s enjoying early success. He began racing at 16 and won his first race, and was just one point shy of a points-title in his first full year on the racing circuit.
“In my opinion, the modified tour is the most competitive series there is,” Pallai said in a recent interview. “I would love to make it one day, but I am very happy with who I am now. I want to conquer where I am now before I move on.”
It’s that enthusiasm that drew DAWS to Pallai in hopes that he would lend his visibility to the group’s fundraising and pet adoption efforts. “We believe that by adding Richie to our team, we can in turn raise our own profile and help place more of our wonderful cats and dogs into loving homes,” Lent said.
Among the planned efforts in the joint collaboration are a link to the DAWS website at DAWS.org from Pallai’s website at RichiePallaijr.com, where fans can make donations to DAWS. Outside of his racing and school schedule, Richie hopes to be able to make an appearance or two at upcoming DAWS events.
Notices of Richie's upcoming appearances will be posted regularly on the DAWS website.