LifeCenter, the organ procurement organization for regions of Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana, will serve as Associate Sponsor for the Joey Gase and the Jimmy Means Racing #52 car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series John R. Elliott Hero Campaign 300 Presented by Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over at Kentucky Speedway on June 27. The race will be televised at 7:30 p.m. eastern on ESPN.
Gase currently sits at 18th in Driver Points on the NASCAR Nationwide Series and is coming off a 30th place finish on the road course at Road America. Gase has a season-best finish of 11th place at Talladega.
LifeCenter Organ Donor Network, “A Donate Life Organization,” encourages and coordinates the donation of human organs and tissues for transplantation as an institutional member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and follows all the guidelines for organ sharing.
LifeCenter is accredited and approved by
- Association for Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO)
- American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB),
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
LifeCenter serves more than two million people and works with 33 hospitals to facilitate and organ and tissue donation as is the Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) serving 16 counties throughout the Tri-State area which include:
- Southwest Ohio: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, and Warren.
- Northern Kentucky: Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Gallatin, Grant and Pendleton
- Southeast Indiana: Dearborn and Ohio
About Joey Gase
A native of Iowa, 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.
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.”