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#RefuelOurTank and Help Save Lives


NASCAR fans will see something new at the Brickyard 400® Mile Race on Sunday—a new Red Cross paint scheme on Greg Biffle’s No.16 Ford.

The racecar now sports the image of thousands of red blood cells, each one representing a new donor needed to stabilize the Red Cross blood supply. On the bumper is the Twitter hashtag #RefuelOurTank, reminding fans to share this call-to-action with their online networks.

Biffle, a member of the Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet, is a regular blood donor.

“I encourage everyone who is able to give blood to visit redcrossblood.org or to call 1-800-RED-CROSS and find a convenient blood donation location," said Biffle. "I donate myself and it feels great to know that you can help save lives with only about an hour of your time."

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The Red Cross has issued a national appeal for donors of every blood type, with an emphasis on type O-negative, which can be used to treat any patient. More than 500,000 blood donors are needed throughout the month of August alone.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host a blood drive during race weekend. The mobile blood center will be stationed near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. Donation appointments can be scheduled in advance at redcrossblood.org.

In addition, the Red Cross will sponsor the Yellow Caution Laps during the Brickyard 400® Mile Race—reminding fans that the Red Cross blood supply is at dangerously low levels this summer and every donation counts. Signage around the track will also remind fans to give blood and to ask their friends and family to help #RefuelOurTank.

Red Cross Racing Red Cross Racing invites blood donors to join the online community at redcrossracing.com. Community members receive points for each blood donation, which can be exchanged for racing gear. This year, for the first time ever, these points may be exchanged for Best Buy Reward Zone points.

The American Red Cross is celebrating the fourth year of its Red Cross Racing partnership with 3M and Roush Fenway Racing. For more information, or to schedule your summer blood donation appointment, please visit redcrossracing.com or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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