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June 18, 2009

Auto Race Honors Late HIV-Positive NASCAR Driver

An ARCA ReMax series auto race will be held Saturday, June 20, in Mansfield, Ohio, to honor the memory of Tim Richmond, a NASCAR driver who 20 years ago died from AIDS-related illness, the Mansfield News Journal reports. The event also aims to raise HIV awareness.

According to the article, the race—named after Richmond, considered one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers of all time—will feature a rapid HIV testing booth sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health, Mansfield/Ontario/Richland County Health Department and the Ohio Rural AIDS Advisory Group. Those who are tested will receive their results in 20 minutes and be entered in a drawing to win a Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along at one of 20 tracks across the country.

Richmond’s sister Sandra Welsh will be the grand marshal for the race, while one of his Folgers NASCAR Sprint Cup cars will be on display.

Search: Tim Richmond, NASCAR, Ohio


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