August 24, 2022
Daytona Beach, FL – NASCAR driver Joey Gase, alongside McGruff the Crime Dog®, are spotlighting the harms of counterfeit products, at the WAWA 250 on August 26. With his #35 car displaying the Go For Real logo, Gase is promoting the successful anti-counterfeiting campaign, which is sponsored by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to raise awareness of the importance of buying authentic products.
“I am extremely excited to be teaming up with McGruff the Crime Dog® this weekend in DAYTONA!” said Joey Gase. “I remember McGruff coming and visiting my class when I was in elementary school and how cool that was. I also know my boys will be so excited to meet McGruff at the track on Friday!”
This partnership is driven by NASCAR and Gase’s deep understanding of the harms that are caused by fakes. The Go For Real campaign educates fans and consumers on the dangers of dupes that permeate multiple industries, including professional sports.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has valued the counterfeit auto-part market at roughly $12 million annually, with 80% of these dupes coming from China.
“NASCAR drivers rely on the safety of real auto parts to compete in various races annually,” said Paul DelPonte, Executive Director of the NCPC home of McGruff the Crime Dog. “Whether on a track, or on the street, it is vital to choose real products that are tested for safety. Through this partnership we can reach millions of Americans with one message: You’re Smart. Buy Smart.”
“Buying smart and buying real is key to keeping our drivers, as well as our kids and loved ones, safe,” said Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and an amateur race car driver herself. “Counterfeit goods, which cross our borders into the U.S. at the rate of over $9 million in value per day, not only harm and cause death, they also take jobs away from American families. Whether it is car or video game components, make-up or prescription drugs, or purses and shoes, this pervasive criminal activity must be stopped. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and I are committed to cracking down on counterfeit goods for the benefit of every American and entrepreneur. I am thrilled that NASCAR – an iconic brand in and of itself – and driver Joey Gase are doing their part to change the narrative and shifting this import work into high gear.”
You can catch the crime fighters on the USA Network at 7:30EST.
For more information related to the Go For Real campaign, visit www.ncpc.org/goforreal or visit NCPC’s social media channels @McgruffatNCPC.
For more information related to Joey Gase, visit www.joeygaseracing.com or visit Joey’s social media channels @JoeyGaseRacing.
THE GASE AND YOUNG FAMILIES TEAM UP TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR AN IMPORTANT CAUSE CLOSE TO BOTH OF THEIR HEARTS
This Saturday, under the lights at Richmond Raceway, Young Motorsports and Joey Gase will be racing the #20 Donate Life Virginia Silverado. You may think this is just another ordinary sponsor, but then you may notice a picture of a woman on the tailgate of the truck. This is a photo of Mary Gase, Joey Gase’s mother, who passed away of a sudden Brain Aneurysm at the age of 44 and became an organ, eye, and tissue donor. She helped save and improve the lives of 66 people.
“I'm very excited to get behind the wheel this weekend,” said Gase. “First, we have the opportunity to raise awareness for organ, eye, and tissue donation and honor all of those affected by it. Some know my family's story about my mom, but there is another connection to organ donation in the NASCAR garage. Tyler's dad, Randy, is actually an organ recipient! It will be special to show the NASCAR world the effects organ donation can have on people and families. My sister Ashley and I wish more than anything we could have our mom back but it gives us some comfort that someone like Randy is able to live their life because of her choice to donate life.”
To schedule interviews with Joey Gase at the track with the truck please reach out to JoeyGasePR@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on organ donation and how to register to be an organ donor please visit https://www.donatelifevirginia.org/
Donate Life Virginia manages the state’s registry for organ, eye and tissue donation. One person can save eight lives and heal 75 others by registering to become a donor. Right now, 2,400 Virginians are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. It’s easy to register. You can do it the next time you are at the Virginia DMV or online at DonateLifeVirginia.org.