Every year approximately 4 million Americans need a blood transfusion. To help insure demands for blood are met, Atlanta Motor Speedway has teamed with the NASCAR Foundation and the American Red Cross to host their second annual Blood and Marrow Drive on September 11, 2007.

The drive's goal is 156 donor appointments and each blood donor will receive a commemorative t-shirt, gift bag and a pace car ride around Atlanta Motor Speedway's 1.54-mile quad-oval. Twelve randomly chosen winners will receive a hat autographed by 2007 NEXTEL Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.

The event will be held at Atlanta Motor Speedway from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those wishing to donate can make an appointment online by visiting www.givelife.org.  Upon entering the site, please use the code "Atlanta Speedway" to locate the registration page.

The American Red Cross Blood Services Southern Region, which supplies blood to approximately 130 hospitals in Georgia, must receive 1,200 blood donations each day to meet the needs of patients in the region. Blood donors must be 17 years of age or older and weigh at least 110 pounds. Please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-3543) or visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/ to make an appointment to give blood.

The National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) helps people who need a life-saving marrow or blood cell transplant by connecting patients, doctors, donors and researchers to the resources they need to help more people live longer and healthier lives. To join the National Marrow Donor Registry, please call 1-888-510-1806, extension 2171 e-mail Rod Gunn at rgunn@nmdp.org. http://www.marrow.org