USMTS Driver Zack Vanderbeek “Goes Pink” for Breast Cancer Awareness
(Photo Source: Zack VanderBeek Racing)
During the USMTS Summer Speedweeks fans may be surprised by the new paint scheme on Zack Vanderbeek’s Casey’s General Store Skyrocket Chassis #33Z modified. For the entire Speedweeks tour Vanderbeek has went pink in support of the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure to help fight and find a cure for breast cancer. The pink and black “Tour for a Cure ” modified made its debut at Huset’s Speedway in Brandon, South Dakota on June 7th and will make its last appearance on the track at North Central Speedway in Brainerd, Minnesota on June 25th for the finale of Summer Speedweeks. Over the last several years Chris Brown from Minneapolis has led the special-edition car effort for the USMTS. Mark Noble pinked his car out for Susan G. Komen in 2009 and then in 2010 Vanderbeek put on a special scheme for the Victory Junction children’s camp. Now, in 2011 Vanderbeek has returned in his pink and black machine. Brown is a race fan who lost his girlfriend, Jolene, to breast cancer a few years ago. Jolene was only 27 when her cancer first appeared and had to fight it twice before it final took her life. Brown said, “This car is dedicated to Jolene and to all women in hopes that those who have encountered breast cancer can survive, and those who haven’t encountered it never will. We are looking forward to talking with the fans and hearing their connection to the fight to end breast cancer.”
Zack VanderBeek's Pink Modified in Action (Photo Source: Zack VanderBeek Racing)
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days and one of the boldest statements a person can make in the fight against breast cancer. Net proceeds from the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure are invested in breast cancer research and community programs. Brown will be walking 60 miles from Aug. 19-21 through Minneapolis/St. Paul, along with his fiancée Melissa, father Doug and close friends Melanie and Valerie, sisters who fight together. Race fans can help Brown’s cause and join in the fight to wipe out breast cancer by purchasing a special, limited edition T-shirt and/or decal or by making a free will donation to their team at the track or through their website at www.the3day.org/goto/legacy. Brown and the 33Z Racing Team will also have pink and black checkered flags you’ll see at all the races where the car competes at. The flags, along with body panels from the car, will be auctioned off after the tour is complete with all proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.