The "Smoke Show," a driving school extravaganza hosted by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, raises funds and remains the highest-grossing, single-day event for the Speedway Children's Charities Texas chapter, which was founded in 1982 to care for children in educational, financial, social, and medical need in an effort to help them live productive lives.
Held at Texas Motor Speedway, raised more than $1 million since 2008 to benefit the Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter. Participants pay around 6 to 8 thou for the day, get driving instruction from Stewart, are fitted for their own personalized firesuit and receive two 10-lap competitive sessions in a stock car and a thrilling three-lap, two-seater ride with Stewart manning the wheel, with the top-tier packages including a limited edition "Smoke Show" helmet and racing shoes.
The "Smoke Show" was boosted by its annual auction for the fantasy campers with the highest-selling item a pair of custom "Smoke Show" revolvers designed and manufactured by Turnbull Mfg., which were secured with a winning bid of $35,000.
Other auction items were taking the parade lap with Stewart during the pre-race ceremonies at the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. Two 2013 Brickyard 400 NASCAR packages, with tickets in Stewart's private suite at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the entire race weekend, went for $17,000 each.
"The success of the 'Smoke Show' is testimony that our approach of combining people's love of motorsports and their philanthropic spirit bent on helping children works," SCC-Texas Chapter Executive Director Jaime Carlin said. "When you add Tony's popularity and his gracious gift of his time, the real winners are the children of North Texas."
This year the 8th annual event will be on Oct 12th, and is limited to 30 participants. To purchase a spot for the "Smoke Show" or for additional information, please call the Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas office at (817) 215-8421.