NASCAR'S David Ragan Returns as Honorary Chairman of the Second Annual LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation's Race for Research to Raise Funds for Cognition Research

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The July 6-8, 2015 road rally features NASCAR legends and stops along racing history. A once-in-a-life-time experience for NASCAR fans to team with LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation and accelerate 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.

“Cognition research for Down syndrome has made tremendous strides over the last few years...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."

The LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation announces its second annual Race for Research, a three-day road rally and scavenger hunt to raise funds for Down syndrome cognition research.

Honorary Co-Chairs, David Ragan, third-generation NASCAR driver, and his wife, Jacquelyn, will helm the event, set for July 6-8, 2015. Teams of friends and supporters navigate from the green flag at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina and to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte with pit stops honoring NASCAR legends and history.

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. Won't you join David in supporting this vital research effort by starting a team?

“The Race for Research is a chance for NASCAR fans to meet some of the sport’s legends, journey through racing history and also fund research that one day may improve learning and memory in those with Down syndrome, including my brother Adam,” David Ragan said.

Last year’s inaugural event was an unprecedented success. With an original goal of raising $50,000 for cognition research, the event cleared $100,000 to aid in awarding grants to the most promising lines of research.

The event is fueled by fundraising teams who then spend three days in ordinary cars (with sponsor decals, of course) navigating through NASCAR country stopping along the way at designated “pit stops,” answering scavenger hunt questions, meeting NASCAR legends and even taking laps on famous speedways.

During “pit stops,” as the participants complete scavenger hunt tasks, they get a chance to look behind the scenes of famous speedways and meet some of David Ragan’s racing friends. The pit stops visited in 2014 included:

  •     Richard Petty Museum
  •     Childress Winery
  •     Bowman Gray Stadium
  •     Martinsville Speedway
  •     Woods Brothers Racing
  •     Bristol Motor Speedway
  •     Hickory Motor Speedway
  •     Front Row Motorsports
  •     Dale Earnhardt Museum
  •     Earnhardt Tribute Plaza
  •     Charlotte Motor Speedway
  •     Roush Fenway Racing
  •     Richard Petty Motorsport
  •     NASCAR R&D
  •     Hendrick Motorsports
  •     NASCAR Hall of Fame

Teams in the 2014 event had in-person meet and greets with Ty and Austin Dillion, Glen Wood, Dale Inman, and other racing legends. The 2015 route and celebrity appearances are still being finalized for this year and includes new stops as well as some old favorites. Route details will be posted on the event website as they are finalized.

We'd like to thank our returning sponsors, the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte and Brinks.

“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," 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.

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 Research Down Syndrome and 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 Foundation 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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