Top Alcohol Funny Car driver John Lombardo Jr. amplifies the magnitude of the most prestigious race of the year by helping worthy causes and offering kids “A Day at the Races.”
Indianapolis, August 28, 2017 – Labor Day Weekend annually marks the most prestigious event of the season for racers in the National Hot Rod Association. The Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis is often referred to as “the Big Go” or “the granddaddy of them all,” the race that every driver dreams of winning. For Jackson Lombardo Racing, the event goes even deeper.
For the third consecutive year, driver John Lombardo Jr., car owner Rick Jackson, and the entire NAPA Filters/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Funny Car team raise funds for Hoosier Burn Camp and the Racers for Christ Kids Program with an online auction (HERE) and by accepting donations. On Saturday, Sept. 2, they provide “A Day at the Races,” a program bringing children from Hoosier Burn Camp to the track for a fun-filled day at no expense to their families.
Other races from the Mello Yello and Lucas Oil ranks participate in “A Day at the Races” to give the children an experience they won’t soon forget. Drivers slated to join Lombardo in interacting with the special guests, signing autographs, and playing games are Jack Beckman, Angelle Sampey, Cory Reed, Allen Johnson, Megan Meyer, Ashley Sanford, John Force Racing drivers, and many more. The driver meet and great will begin at 11 a.m.
"How do you make the U.S. Nationals – the largest and most prestigious NHRA drag race of the year – even more special? You share it with a group of kids that have overcome challenges most of us can't fathom," said Lombardo. "Saturday at the ‘Big Go,’ we look forward to welcoming families from the Hoosier Burn Camp of Indiana and sharing our passion for drag racing with them. It means a lot to us that we will have the opportunity to spend the day with some great families, and we hope they enjoy it. We're thankful that they have chosen to join us."
For more information about Hoosier Burn Camp, please visit their site (HERE). For more information about the “A Day at the Races” event, email LuAnn Bishop.
Outside of his charitable endeavor, Lombardo will be focused on adding his first U.S. Nationals Wally to the mantle, an accomplishment that Jackson achieved in 2008 with driver Von Smith. Points earned will be critical toward the team’s goal of winning the national title as it will be one of the last four opportunities Lombardo has to accumulate points this season.
“It’s going to be a battle to the end,” said Lombardo. “The competition in this category is at an incredibly high level. We have a great team that embraces the opportunity to race in important situations, and they never stop looking for ways to get better.”
Jackson Lombardo Racing is sponsored by NAPA Filters, NAPA Auto Parts, Lucas Oil, Centre Pointe Collision, Hoosier Tire, NAPA Batteries, NAPA Belts and Hoses, Carlyle Tools, NAPA Power Supreme, Mahle/Clevite, NGK Spark Plugs, CP-Carrillo, Arvada Excavating, and Jackson’s Auto Supply.
You can follow Lombardo on his web site and social media (Facebook and Twitter).
About Jackson Lombardo Racing
Jackson Lombardo Racing was formed in 2014 when two successful Southern California-based Top Alcohol Funny Car teams led by driver John Lombardo Jr. and owner/crew chief Rick Jackson combined resources. Lombardo grew up the son of Funny Car driver “Lil’ John” Lombardo and competed in open-wheel racing for 15 years before entering the NHRA ranks in 2009. Lombardo is the national speed record holder at 274.61 mph. He is the 2011 Division 7 champion, the 2013 and 2015-2016 Central Region champion, a multiple-time national event winner, and a two-time winner of the prestigious JEGS Allstars event. The JLR team also includes Chris Perl, Scott Manning, Lew Larson, Les Davenport, and LuAnn Bishop.
(High-resolution photography from Auto Imagery is available upon request.)