This Sunday at Kansas Speedway you will see the black and green #51 car with Page Construction and Midwest Transplant sponsorship and handprints on the hood. If you look closely at the near 70 handprints you will see much more than just handprints- you will see the names of donor heroes and messages of hope.
“I am extremely excited to be promoting both Kansas based organizations Page Construction and Midwest Transplant this weekend at Kansas Speedway,” said Gase. “I can’t thank Dave and everyone at Page Construction enough for letting us do our Virtual Handprints of Hope with MTN this weekend. Originally, Page Construction had the whole car but was gracious enough to give up the hood for a very important cause to me and so many others across the world.”
While COVID-19 social distancing measures will limit attendance, the racetrack has 48,000 permanent seats. This total would accommodate only 40% of those awaiting a lifesaving transplant nationwide. Almost 120,000 people across the country are waiting for the gift of life through transplantation; approximately 2,000 currently wait in Missouri and Kansas. Gase will race the Midwest Transplant Network (MTN)/Page Construction #51 car in honor of his mother and others touched by donation and transplantation.
In previous years, Midwest Transplant Network hosted a “Handprints of Hope” event at its Westwood headquarters, allowing recipients, donor families, and registered organ donors to sign and make handprints on Gase’s car. Due to COVID-19 public safety concerns, MTN altered plans for 2020 and collected messages on its website. Nearly 70 participants submitted messages honoring donor heroes and sharing messages of hope relating to organ, eye and tissue donation. The personal tributes will ride with Gase on the track during Sunday’s race as an inspiration for fans about the power of donation.
— Joey Gase Motorsports —