Founder’s Message

A MESSAGE FROM RACERS WHO CARE'S PRESIDENT:


Formula Drift competitor and four-time time Serie Dominicana de Drift Champion, Jhonnattan Castro, Judy Strawn, and Pro Mazda Series and Indy Lights Champion, IndyCar competitor, Spencer Pigot, at RWC's Quick Tips on Winning in Life Field Trip Program for Children at the 2016 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. [Photo taken by Tyler Deal]


Judy Strawn

 Racers who care is a 501c3 non-profit California corporation comprised of motorsports professionals who care about the future of our kids.  Through our Quick Tips on Winning in Life racer presentation program, we dispatch famous motorsports personalities all over the U.S. to inspire kids and teens to believe in themselves, reach for their dreams and to win in their own lives.  They positively influence and inspire children and teens from a point of view that is unique to anything that they have ever heard before.

Racers' lives are on the line every day just doing their job. This has such an impact on kids. They know racers' lives are on the line every time they compete. This is fascinating to kids! Some of our racers are competing at speeds of over 300 miles an hour.  Kids are curious. They want to know: how do racers dothis?  Where did they learn how to win? Who helped them to reach for their dreams?

Kids want to know what it’s like to be inside the head of a racer.  Racers Who Care helps make this happen.  Meeting a racing hero has a positive effect on kids.  I’ve seen it first hand over and over again.  Our racers share personal stories of victory, defeat and triumph.  Kids really respond to this.

Motorsports is a rare and unique profession.  Racing breeds rare and unique individuals.  Racers work hard and train hard.  They prepare themselves mentally and emotionally to win in a high stakes industry.  That is why I founded Racers Who Care.  That is why I donate my time to this outreach and have done so for over 19 years.  Because these individuals make ideal mentors for kids.  I believe that kids and teens deserve to feel they can be winners in their own lives whatever their circumstances.  These racers make a difference.  And, their message, though similar to what kids' hear from parents and teachers, is underscored for them from glamorous, exciting, live action personalities who are not authority figures.

If I can encourage a champion racer to interact with kids during an after school program or to meet with a sick child in a hospital ward, then I know these children will feel the inspiration and encouragement that comes from meeting a true hero.

Our racers come from just about every classification of motor sports:  From top fuel dragster to Le Mans prototype racers, from sprint car to stock car to sportsman racers to 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance racers, champion motorcycle riders, boat racers and truck racers.   These extraordinary men and women bring hope and inspiration to children and teens in public schools, after school programs, hospital wards, kids' clubs, shelters and detention centers.

These racers who care about the future for children and teens, and about the quality of their lives, inspire kids from all walks of life.  Racers Who Care has inspired many thousands of kids since our 1993 inception.  My goal is to make it possible for racers to reach out and inspire even more, throughout the world!

I personally want to encourage more racers to join us in giving kids valuable tips on navigating the bumps, potholes and barricades on the road of life.   Racers Who Care is now in the process of establishing Racer Presentation Teams in key areas around the U.S. near major motorsports venues.  I encourage people who would like to do volunteer work directly with racers and kids' groups and schools interested in racer presentations for their kids and teens, to contact us at:  racerscare@aol.com, or 323/375-9225.

Very cordially,

Judy Strawn