Get an exclusive inside look at the lives of NASCAR stars and their beloved pets through the personal stories of drivers, crew chiefs and racing personalities in the Ryan Newman Foundation’s new book Pit Road Pets: NASCAR drivers and their pets.
One hundred percent of the Ryan Newman Foundation’s portions of the proceeds go to the Humane Society of Catawba County, which is working toward building a no-kill animal shelter, an education center, a dog park and a public spay and neuter clinic in Hickory, North Carolina.
NASCAR driver Ryan Newman and his wife Krissie established the Ryan Newman Foundation in January 2005. The Foundation helped fund the creation of the Catawba County Humane Society shelter, which will serve the community in the heart of NASCAR country. “Animals do not have their own birth control, so it is important to have them spayed or neutered. Over time that will help reduce the pet overpopulation problem and hopefully end euthanization,” Ryan Newman said. “So many of these wonderful animals are euthanized, it is hard for us to grasp. We can only do what we can, but we are trying to make a difference in our community and on a national level to help lower the population of stray animals.” Ryan and Krissie Newman live with their four rescued dogs Digger, Harley, Mopar and Socks, and Tony Stewart with his chihuahua, Kayle.
Nearly fifty NASCAR drivers, including Jeff Burton, Richard Petty and Dale Jarrett, have contributed heartwarming stories to Pit Road Pets about how important their pets are to their lives and what it is like traveling around the world with them.
“They are such wonderful companions for us,” said Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR Nextel Cup race car driver. “They go to all the races; really, they go everywhere. They go shopping; they go to restaurants, on planes, helicopters, boats. I must say, they have the life.”
“If I could take the NASCAR fans to a shelter and show them what it’s like for animals, it would make a big difference,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr. “I was amazed at how nice the animals were. When you think of a shelter, you think of an old, scraggly, jail-like facility. But there were some sweet, nice animals there. Obviously, right then and there, you want to drive them all home.”
– Aimee Pearlman