Fellow Shriner and NASCAR driver David Ragan has been a longtime supporter of Shriners Hospitals for Children. After naming the health care system as his official charity of choice in 2008, Ragan joined Shriners International in 2012. He has since become a tremendous ambassador for our organizations and demonstrates how Shriners continue to use their networks and vocations to champion the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Now, we are excited to announce that Ragan has generously donated a vehicle from his personal collection – a 2018 race-used No. 38 Shriners Hospitals for Children Ford Fusion NASCAR race car – to benefit the health care system and its mission to improve the lives of children. World-renowned car auction house Barrett-Jackson will auction the car at the WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Thursday, Jan. 17. All proceeds from the winning bidder will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The Ford Fusion was specifically built for Ragan, and its design promotes the health care system. The car is chassis No. 574 from Front Row Motorsports and raced in the Monster Energy Cup Series in multiple events throughout 2018. The NASCAR-sanctioned car comes complete with a Ford Performance Roush Yates racing engine that produces 750 horsepower. It is also equipped with the original four-speed G-Force transmission, a 4.63 rear gear and Goodyear racing tires. The car is detailed to the specifications of Ragan, including one of his carbon-fiber seat shells, SFI-certified insert and a seven-point racing harness. In addition to the car itself, Ragan will also donate four garage passes to a 2019 race of choice for the winning bidder.
Ragan competed in three races in 2018 with the Shriners Hospital for Children scheme that is up on the block, including the prestigious 400-mile July race at the Daytona International Speedway. Ragan is a veteran of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and has two wins in America’s premier auto racing series along with numerous top finishes that make him a household name across the country.
More important, Ragan has been a champion off the track for the patients of Shriners Hospitals for Children as an official Love to the rescue® ambassador and Shriner. During the race season, Ragan visits Shriners Hospitals for Children locations and invites patients to the track for once-in-a-lifetime experiences. He also raises awareness and funds for Shriners Hospitals for Children through various campaigns, public service announcements, donations and activities.
Ragan became a member of Oasis Shriners in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2012. Last year, he contributed his Bell Racing USA Shriners Hospitals for Children racing helmet, signed for display, to Shriners International Headquarters’ memorabilia collection, and we are honored to have a tangible representation of his legacy to share.
“I am excited to combine my two passions of competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and supporting the Shriners Hospitals for Children,” said Ragan. “One lucky high bidder will not only have the opportunity to win an authentic Ford Fusion race car, but also make a big difference for the patients and families of the Shriners Hospitals for Children. All the proceeds of the car are going to the hospitals and that’s exciting because we’re looking for a big bid. And, this car is the real deal. With a 750 horsepower Roush Yates racing engine, and prepared to hit the track, I am sure it will draw some attention in Scottsdale. I will be there to meet the winner and thank them personally.”
The Shriners organizations are grateful for Ragan’s support and commitment to our mission.
“David continues to be a tremendous ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children,” said Shriners International Imperial Potentate Jim Cain. “Our partnership with David has increased awareness for our health care system and the work we do for our patients. This is now a unique way for us to raise the funds needed to continue to provide the excellent care given at each hospital. We are looking forward to the auction in January.”
Learn more about becoming a bidder.
Donate to Ragan’s personal fundraising page.