Route Announced for the LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation’s NASCAR-Themed Race for Research Road Rally with David Ragan

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The race is on - the July 6-8, 2015 road rally features stops along racing history, visits with NASCAR legends and current drivers. A once-in-a-life-time experience for NASCAR fans that accelerates Down syndrome cognition research!

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Third generation NASCAR driver David Ragan (left) with his older brother Adam. Adam has Down syndrome and is David's inspiration for leading the Race for Research.

A once-in-a-life-time experience for NASCAR fans that accelerates Down syndrome cognition research!

The LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation announces the route for its three-day road rally to raise funds for Down syndrome cognition research. Co-chaired by NASCAR driver David Ragan and his wife Jacquelyn, the Road Rally features teams of decaled cars visiting “pit-stops” throughout the Carolinas, completing scavenger hunt tasks, delving into NASCAR history, and meeting racing legends and current drivers.

Beginning in Darlington, South Carolina on July 6, the Race for Research teams will visit:

  • Darlington Raceway and Museum, Darlington, SC
  • US Legends Cars, Harrisburg, NC
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC
  • zMAX, Concord, NC
  • Childress Winery, Lexington, NC
  • RCR Shop and Museum, Welcome, NC
  • Stewart Haas Racing and F1, Kannapolis, NC
  • Hendrick Shop, Charlotte, NC
  • Sam Bass, Concord, NC
  • JR Motorsports, Mooresville, NC
  • NASCAR Institute, Mooresville, NC
  • Performance Instruction and Training, Mooresville, NC
  • Michael Waltrip Race Shop, Cornelius, NC
  • GoPro, Mooresville, NC

To sign up a team, make a donation to David Ragan’s team or another team, or to learn more route details, please visit the event site at

The Ragans join LuMind RDS Foundation to help improve opportunities for people with Down syndrome. David Ragan’s older brother Adam was born with an extra chromosome: Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome.

“Cognition research for Down syndrome has made tremendous strides over the last few years, and these new discoveries are now fueling several promising clinical trials," David Ragan said. "But a lack of funding is a major reason why my brother and the more than 250,000 Americans living with Down syndrome don't have access to treatments yet,” he added.

Join the fun! Sign up your team now and experience the thrills of NASCAR racing while you raise funds for important cognitive development research. For more information on the Race for Research and to sign up for a team or donate to an event participant, visit:

About LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation

LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation, formerly the Down Syndrome Research and Treatment Foundation (DSRTF), is a national non-profit organization headquartered in Marlborough, Massachusetts, aimed at accelerating the development of treatments to significantly improve cognition, including memory, learning and speech, for individuals with Down syndrome. LuMind RDS Foundation funds research at major research centers, including Johns Hopkins Medicine, Stanford University, University of California, San Diego, and University of Arizona. Since its founding in 2004, LuMind RDS has committed almost $12 million to fund results-driven research programs that will benefit children and adults with Down syndrome, and has been instrumental in the initiation of clinical trials now under way.

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