The men-folk in the Full Throttle pits proudly adorned their pink in recognition of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness initiative. Friday, at Maple Grove Raceway, a few of the female drivers revealed a program of their own.
In conjunction with VP Race Fuels, three prominent female drivers will sign special commemorative pink fuel containers. The containers, with the autographs of Courtney Force, Alexis DeJoria and Erica Enders will be auctioned with proceeds going to breast cancer research.
“Being a female, breast cancer is something we could all face in our lifetime,” said DeJoria, who admitted her sister is battling ovarian cancer. “I know a few women who have battle breast cancer. This means a lot to me. To be able to come out and represent and support is great.
“It all affects us, it’s very real. It’s unfortunate. Being a public figure, I want to do everything I can in support. This is a very wonderful thing for VP to do.”
Enders said she was equally impressed with VP’s involvement.
“I think it’s awesome what VP has done to help support breast cancer awareness,” said Enders. “I used to race a pink car, and I’m close to getting my guys talked into letting me run another one.”
Courtney Force is the only female driver with a completely pink car which serves as a major inspiration.
“I’m so excited to be able to run a car representative of breast cancer awareness,” said Force. “I’m excited because I get to run a pink car. The vision of what we hope to accomplish with this makes me proud to be a part of this. I really hope we can get it in the winner’s circle to bring even more awareness to Breast Cancer Awareness month.”
The car isn’t the only pink statement Force is making this weekend. Her crew has begun to champion the cause.
Force’s all-male crew donned bright pink hats as part of their uniform.
“They are excited about it,” admitted Force, saying there was no push back to the pink hat edict. “They sent me a picture [of the crew with their hats] and said this was awesome. They understand the reason behind it and it’s excited to be a part of it.”
Seeing her fellow male racers unveiling pink race cars pleases DeJoria, as well as Force and Enders.
“I think it’s great they are comfortable with themselves to the point they can run a pink car,” DeJoria said with a smile. “It’s a new day and age. You don’t have to be a girl to run pink.”
Added Force, “It really doesn’t matter if you are a male or female, as long as you are bringing awareness.”
With a broad smile, Enders made a bold proclamation.
“I love it!” Enders exclaimed. “Real men wear pink.”
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