Drivers, Celebrities Step Up for Children in Pinewood Drag Race

 NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace and chef Guy Fieri are two of many motorsports and celeb icons donating signed cars to the SEMA Pinewood Drag Race.

More than 50 drivers from NASCAR, IRL and NHRA, as well as entertainment and industry celebrities, are offering autographed cars at the Pinewood Drag Race, held in conjunction with the Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser, August 1, at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California.

High-profile figures such as Carroll Shelby, Helio Castroneves, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Larry Dixon, Clint Black and Chuck Norris have penned their signatures to pinewood cars to appear at the Pinewood Drag Race.

Watch eNews for additional updates on how to get your hands on special, one-of-a-kind memorabilia and continue reading for a current list of figures who have signed their names to pinewood draggers.

Cars Need Sponsors!
Proceeds from the Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser, including the Pinewood Drag Race, directly benefit the children of Childhelp and Victory Junction Gang Camp. Recently the kids at both charities participated in a day of building pinewood drag cars.

Gregory Parker, committee chairman for the Pinewood Drag Race, said that the children built about 350 cars during two different project days.

“The build days we had this year were simply fantastic," Parker said. "We had a build day in North Carolina at the Victory Junction Gang Camp on May 2nd and another one at Childhelp Village in California on May 16th.

“We helped kids from both groups build about 350 cars and each one is unique. The joy on their faces as they build their own racers and race them down the tracks is something to see.

“Now we just need to get the racers sponsored by individuals and companies and raise some money for these kids. I hope that everyone out there hearing this message will participate in some way. The kids really need our help now more than ever."

You Be The Judge
The SEMA Show 'N Shine charity car show, held in conjunction with the Installation Banquet & Gala Fundraiser, needs volunteer judges. If you’ve got a discerning eye for automotive detail, we could use your help. Contact Mike Spagnola to get involved.


Video: SEMA CARES Pinewood Drag Race



Signed Pinewood Draggers include:

  • Bobby Allison
  • Carroll Shelby
  • Craig Breedlove
  • Don Garlits
  • Mario Andretti
  • Richard Petty
  • Janet Guthrie
  • Connie Kalitta
  • Alex Lloyd, IRL
  • Dario Franchitti, IRL
  • Helio Castroneves, IRL
  • Danica Patrick, IRL
  • Marco Andretti, IRL
  • Ryan Briscoe, IRL
  • Sarah Fisher, IRL
  • Scott Dixon, IRL
  • Will Power, IRL
  • A.J. Almindinger, NASCAR
  • Bobby Labonte, NASCAR
  • Carl Edwards, NASCAR
  • Casey Mears, NASCAR
  • Clint Bowyer, NASCAR
  • Denny Hamlin, NASCAR
  • Elliot Sadler, NASCAR
  • Greg Biffle, NASCAR
  • Jamie McMurray, NASCAR
  • Jeff Burton, NASCAR
  • Jeff Gordon, NASCAR
  • Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR
  • Joey Logano, NASCAR
  • Kasey Kahne, NASCAR
  • Kevin Harvick, NASCAR
  • Kurt Busch, NASCAR
  • Kyle Busch, NASCAR
  • Mark Martin, NASCAR
  • Matt Kenseth, NASCAR
  • Michael Waltrip, NASCAR
  • Ryan Newman, NASCAR
  • Sam Hornish Jr., NASCAR
  • Steve & Rusty Wallace, NASCAR
  • Tony Stewart, NASCAR
  • Cruz Pedregon, NHRA
  • Jack Beckman, NHRA
  • Larry Dixon, NHRA
  • Matt Hagan, NHRA
  • Tony Pedregon, NHRA
  • Doug Kalitta, NHRA
  • Jeff Arend, NHRA
  • Hillary Will, NHRA
  • Greg Anderson, NHRA
  • Clint Black, Musician/Performer
  • Lee Greenwood, Musician/Performer
  • Chuck Norris, movie/TV icon
  • Vida Guerra, "Livin' The Low Life"
  • Dennis Gage, "My Classic Car"
  • Chip Foose, "Overhaulin'"
  • Ryan Friedlinghaus, "West Coast Customs"
  • Mike Rowe, "Dirty Jobs"
  • Guy Fieri, The Food Network
  • Larry the Cable Guy
  • Courtney Hansen, Powerblock TV