Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow will be the grand marshal for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst on Sunday, May 1 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

Tebow played quarterback for the University of Florida from 2006 to 2009, winning the Heisman as the nation’s best player in 2007. He was also part of two national championship-winning teams for the Gators before the Broncos of Denver won’t select him in the first round. , 25th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft.

After his NFL career ended, Tebow became an on-air analyst for ESPN. He is also a New York Times bestselling author and philanthropist through his work with the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Tebow will give the engine start command for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on the Barber natural terrain road course. Live coverage of the race begins at 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday, May 1 on NBC and the INDYCAR Radio Network.

Johnson, Carvana to help charities: Jimmie Johnson and his title sponsor, Carvana, are teaming up to raise money for three charities in Johnson’s second season with Chip Ganassi Racing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

The Driven to Give Back initiative will work with three charities – TechForce Foundation, The American Legion and Athena Racing – to co-design Johnson’s #48 Honda livery at select races.

Fans can sign up at carvana.com/drive to be the first to see the new paint scheme before it’s on its way. When a fan visits the site to view the livery, Carvana will donate $1 to that event’s charity. Each charity partner will also be present in the Carvana Racing fan zone during the race they have selected to inform racing fans about their mission.

The TechForce Foundation champions students in the transportation technician industry by guiding them through technical education and careers with scholarships, mentorship, and workforce development opportunities. The new Carvana livery will be presented at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 10.

The American Legion is the nation’s largest veterans services organization dedicated to providing life-changing assistance and guidance to veterans, military personnel, their families, and their communities. The new Carvana livery design will be showcased at the Honda Indy 200 in Mid-Ohio on July 3.

Athena Racing trains middle and high school girls with the essential skills and career development to put them in the driving seat of their future STEM careers – in engineering, design, manufacturing and business – related to the industries of automotive, motorsports and transport. The new Carvana livery will be presented at the Portland Grand Prix on September 4.

The Andretti Foundation expands its colonoscopy initiative: More than two years after beloved INDYCAR SERIES veteran John Andretti passed away from colon cancer, the CheckIt4Andretti Charitable Foundation is expanding its efforts to promote the early detection of colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the States. -United.

The foundation has signed a new partnership with Northeast Digestive Health Center in Concord, North Carolina, providing free colonoscopies to select low-income patients from a local, charitable, free clinic that serves those without health insurance and with limited access to health care.

“The potential to save lives through the early detection of colorectal cancer is enormous,” said Nancy Andretti, wife of John Andretti and founder and president of CheckIt4Andretti. “We are grateful to Northeast Digestive Health Center for helping CheckIt4Andretti fulfill our mission to make these screenings available to those who need them but cannot afford them.”

Nancy Andretti forged the partnership with the Northeast Digestive Health Center through her relationship with Dr. Vinay Patel, her gastroenterologist at the center. The foundation is working to secure additional partnerships in North Carolina and Indiana, where John and Nancy’s son Jarett Andretti lives and where the family’s racing heritage is deeply rooted in the career of John in the NASCAR Cup Series.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. More than 50,000 Americans are expected to die this year from colorectal cancer, second only to lung cancer as the deadliest form of cancer.

John Andretti won races in open-wheel, sports car and stock car series during a career that spanned 25 years, including 12 starts in the Indianapolis 500. Andretti only received his first colonoscopy until the age of 52, when his cancer was diagnosed. . He died in January 2020.

“I hope my father will be remembered for using his own diagnosis to highlight the importance of early detection,” said Jarett Andretti. “And I hope other providers will follow the compassionate example of Dr. Patel and his team at Northeast Digestive Health Center to help us expand access to potentially life-saving cancer checks.”