SOURCE: The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford

July 28, 2011 16:11 ET

IndyCar Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver Danica Patrick Comes to The Henry Ford August 8 for DRIVE4COPD Event

DEARBORN, MI--(Marketwire - Jul 28, 2011) - IndyCar Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Danica Patrick will make an appearance at The Henry Ford on Monday, August 8 at 10:30 a.m. in Henry Ford Museum's Anderson Theater. The event is open to the public and part of Patrick's work with DRIVE4COPD to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in memory of her grandmother who died of the disease. DRIVE4COPD is the nation's single largest awareness campaign for this disease and aims to help people identify if they may be at risk for COPD, the nation's fourth leading cause of death.

Patrick will talk about her personal connection to COPD, answer questions from her fans and sign autographs during this event. Admission to the event is free. Visitors can enter through The Henry Ford's IMAX entrance which opens at 9 a.m. Capacity is limited and seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, please call 313-982-6001 or visit thehenryford.org.

Launched in February 2010, DRIVE4COPD encourages Americans to log onto DRIVE4COPD.COM to take a brief, five-question screener to see if they might be at risk for COPD and talk to a doctor about their results. The health awareness campaign has been embraced by leading health, business, entertainment, and sports organizations with a common goal of driving fundamental change in COPD awareness in the United States, including the American Association for Respiratory Care, COPD Alliance, COPD Foundation, Country Music Association, U.S. COPD Coalition, and founding sponsor Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. DRIVE4COPD is also the Official Health Initiative of NASCAR®.

In 2008, Patrick became the first woman to win an IndyCar Series race with her win at the Indy Japan 300. She placed third in the 2009 Indianapolis 500, the highest finish by a woman in that racing event's history. In addition to her IndyCar Series ride, in 2010 Patrick began racing part-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, driving the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet Impala for JR Motorsports. Her fourth place finish at Las Vegas this year is the highest finish for a woman driver in a major NASCAR series.

The Henry Ford is planning to build a $15 million exhibition covering the history and innovation of American auto racing. Racing in America is a permanent 22,000-square-foot engaging and unique experience powered by highly interactive displays and frontier-stretching technologies. Planned for Henry Ford Museum, this exhibition will bring auto racing to life with history's greatest and most significant vehicles, the personal stories and collections from the most legendary leaders and drivers in the industry, as well as on-site demonstrations of today's technological advancements.

About The Henry Ford: The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, is the world's premier history destination and a National Historic Landmark that celebrates American history and innovation. Its mission is to provide unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories and lives from America's traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Its purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate more than 1.5 million visitors annually: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution's campus and was founded in partnership with The Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company and Wayne County Public Schools. For more information please visit our website thehenryford.org.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Wendy Metros
    Director of Media and Film Relations
    The Henry Ford
    313-982-6125
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