“I remember the call — somebody had called me back in December about the incident — and it just takes your breath away,’’ France said. “So when the idea came to us, and Mike Helton called and said, ‘Look, here’s an opportunity to do something really impactful,’ not only raise a fair amount of money, but also to give the families and everybody in Newtown something to cheer for, something to look forward to — that’s what the Daytona 500 and the No. 26 car [are doing].
“It’s the right thing, and hopefully, it’ll make a difference.’’
Said Reelick, “NASCAR is truly a family. It’s a question of generosity and compassion and that’s what NASCAR has. In a climate where a lot of corporations have lost that compassion, NASCAR has shown that it still has it.’’
Donations to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund can be made by texting “Newtown’’ to 80888 on your mobile phone. Michael Vega can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.