In his effort to bring home a first-place finish in the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 on Saturday, July 19 at Chicagoland Speedway, Joey Gase will honor a pair of organ donors. Gase’s Jimmy Means Racing #52 car will include a rolling memorial to donors Mary Gase, who is Joey’s mother, and Dylan “Deeder” Richardson.
Gase is being sponsored at Chicago by Primary Sponsor AlloSource and associate sponsor Db Sales Company.
Gase is currently in the Top 20 in the NASCAR Nationwide Driver Standings and has competed in every Nationwide race this year.
Gase’s mother, Mary Jo, died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in April 2011. Just 18 at the time, Joey made the courageous decision to donate her organs and he has become an advocate for donation since. His car is regularly adorned with the face of his mother and/or others who have given the Gift of Life making his one of the most unique cars in all of NASCAR.
In addition to honoring his mother this weekend, Gase will honor Richardson.
Richardson was a typical seven-year-old boy who loved superheroes, especially Spider-Man. He also loved SpongeBob SquarePants, Star Wars, baseball, riding his bike and playing with friends. But in July 2007, Dylan was in a carhttp://giftofhopeblog.org/tag/dylan-richardson/.injuries from the impact proved too much, and he was pronounced brain-dead 40 hours later. To read more about Richardson, please visit
Photos of Mary Gase and Richardson will be included on Gase’s car.
Gase regularly makes appearances at hospitals and donor awareness-related events. In the past year alone, he has advocated for organ, tissue and eye donation at more than 100 events, has been featured as a member of the Donate Life float in the Festival of Roses Parade, been featured on ESPN multiple times and done dozens of stories for local television, radio and newspaper outlets.
His hard-racing style, humble attitude and willingness to share his story has won him a loyal following at racetracks across the country. He has also developed a strong following on social media and is a popular personality at Organ Procurement Organizations from coast-to-coast.
He says the ability to share has been invaluable.
“I think it’s really helped both of us [Joey and sister Ashley] get past all that. To just know that mom is still living out there in different ways.”