WILL KINZER FOUNDATION FOR AUTISM IN ASSOCIATION WITH
THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF EAST TENNESSEE NAMED SPONSOR OF NHRA J&A
SERVICE PRO MOD SERIES EVENT AT BRISTOL
Calif. (June 18, 2015) - NHRA announced today it has named the
Will Kinzer Foundation for Autism Research in association with
the Autism Society of East Tennessee as the presenting sponsor
for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion
of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, June
19-21, in Bristol, Tenn. The race is the fifth of 10 events for
the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series in 2015.
The Will Kinzer Foundation for Autism is a nonprofit organization
that was created by Brandon Kinzer and his family after his son
James Willard Kinzer II (Will) was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum
Disorder in 2007. The Will Kinzer Foundation was set up to spread
awareness of autism, a disease that affects more than two million
people in the United States and tens of millions worldwide, and
aid families with the financial burden of autism treatment.
"There were not many places to turn when our son got diagnosed,"
Brandon Kinzer said. "We were just trying help families with
things like tuition, money to schools and programs, trips to the
doctor - make things a little easier. This weekend we just hope
to raise awareness for autism. We got hooked up with the Autism
Society of East Tennessee and we're really happy that they're
helping. I thought it would raise more awareness if people from
that area could talk to someone from that area."
The Autism Society of East Tennessee empowers youth with autism
to reach their full potential by providing support, services,
advocacy, education and public awareness for all individuals with
Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families, as well as educators
and other professionals. Incorporated as a nonprofit in 1989,
the Autism Society helps individuals with autism and their families
plan individualized, appropriate services and supports. The Autism
Society is currently fundraising to launch a new online database
that will strive to revolutionize the way families with autism
connect to local services. For more information or to make a donation,
please visit www.asaetc.org/nhra.
"The Will Kinzer Foundation sponsored the race and they
very graciously contacted us to see if we could benefit from the
sponsorship and if we were interested and we certainly were,"
Margaret Stanley of the Autism Society of East Tennessee said.
"We serve 36 counties in East Tennessee and with one in 68
kids being diagnosed with autism, the need for support and services
here in East Tennessee is huge. Any opportunity we can get to
interact with the public and tell them about what autism is, why
it's important to get involved and about what we do and what the
Kinzer Foundation does is so important."
Featuring the world's fastest and most unique doorslammer race
cars, the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series offers
something for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast. The growing
class is highlighted by historic muscle cars, like '67 Mustangs,
'68 Firebirds and '69 Camaros, as well as a variety of late model
American muscle cars. With more than 3,000 horsepower, the suspended
door pro mod cars travel the quarter-mile in less than six seconds
at speeds exceeding 250 mph.
The 2015 NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series is showcased
in a 10-race schedule that includes stops at several NHRA national
events across the country. Veteran racer Rickie Smith of North
Carolina is a two-time and reigning world champion of the class.
Each event will be televised on the Velocity Channel, which is
owned by the Discovery Network. Each race will air in a half-hour
show, produced by Masters Entertainment Group, and will air during
10 consecutive weeks in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Bob Rahaim won the season-opening race in Gainesville, Fla. in
mid-March while Don Walsh raced to victory in the series' second
event in late April at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston. Kenny
Lang won the third Pro Mod event at Atlanta Dragway in early May
and Bill Glidden raced to his first career victory two weeks ago
at the season's fourth and most recent event in Englishtown, N.J.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning
body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents
24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing
Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and the NHRA J&A
Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition
opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing
Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA.
NHRA also offers NHRA Youth Racing for teens and the NHRA Summit
Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition,
NHRA owns and operates five racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway
in Georgia; Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville in Florida; National
Trail Raceway in Ohio; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information,
log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook,
YouTube and Twitter.