The Winchester 400 at Indiana’s Winchester Speedway is a special race in the world of short track racing, but it will be special this weekend for Cody Coughlin and the Team JEGS crew for an all together different reason. Coughlin and the team will be honoring all who are affected by breast cancer by running a special pink scheme on the No. 1 Toyota Camry.
The JEGS Foundation does a lot to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research all throughout the year, but especially during the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In addition to a pink-numbered car, Cody Coughlin and his crew will be handing out gift packages at Sunday’s pre-race autograph signing to those affected by the disease. It is a tradition that was started a few years ago, and is one that Coughlin looks forward to when he arrives at Winchester Speedway in October.
“Everybody has been affected by this disease in some way, whether directly or indirectly,” said Coughlin. “It’s just nice to be able to help someone out in any way, even a little way such as what we do with the car decals and our gift packages.”
Coughlin will have another decal on the side of his race car this weekend. This one is for Winchester Speedway’s long-time gate operator, Finley Lane. Mr. Lane passed away just a few days after the running of the Winchester 100 on Labor Day last month at the age of 79.
“One of the best things about coming to Winchester was getting to speak with Mr. Lane,” said Coughlin. “We always park our motorhome near his gate. He was one of the first people I would see in the morning and one of the last I’d see at night while at Winchester, and he always had a smile on his face. It’s an honor to have a decal in his memory on my car this weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Lane’s family.”
The Coughlin family’s personal experiences with cancer drove them to assist in building awareness of the many faces of cancer and help generate dollars through race earnings to advance cancer research.
The JEGS Foundation “Racing for Cancer Research”helps advance cancer research and build awareness. The motto “Racing for Cancer Research”was coined because of the donations generated by race and corporate earnings. The Coughlin family features the JEGS Racing for Cancer Research ribbon on all race cars and uniforms to raise cancer awareness. The ribbon may be a simple symbol, but it displays a meaningful sentiment.
The JEGS Foundation “Racing for Cancer Research” is honored to be affiliated with one of only 39 nationally-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.
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