Pit stops in pajamas: Chris Buescher’s team gets involved in Casey Cares event

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Chris Buescher and his No. 34 Ford’s pit crew went casual for a cause recently during pit stop practice.

Taking part of today’s “Biggest Virtual Pajama Party” being held by the Casey Cares Foundation, the team practiced pit stops in its pajamas.

“There were backflips involved, and I know of at least two capes and one mask that were worn during the pit stops,” said Buescher, who drives for Front Row Motorsports and remains under contract to Roush Fenway Racing. “They weren’t the fastest pit stops we’ve ever had, but it was quite a sight to watch.”

IMG_7358Said Rodney Fetters, pit crew coach for Roush Fenway Racing: “Seeing pit stops in pajamas is really cool, and they actually did it in about the same time as when they’re wearing the regular fire suit – even with the capes.  When I saw these guys doing pit stops in pajamas I really thought it was something special.  I’m glad we were chosen to do this for Casey Cares because it’s a worthy cause and was a lot of fun.  That’s what means the most to all of us.

“I never heard of National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day,” Fetters added. “But we had so much fun doing it, I really hope we can celebrate it every year!”

Video of the pit stops is above.

Here’s a release about the team’s involvement in the charity from the Casey Cares Foundation:

             BALTIMORE – April 18, 2016 – The Casey Cares Foundation is teaming up with Ford Performance’s Front Row Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing, which are going the extra mile to provide comfort to critically ill kids.

Casey Cares is holding its Biggest Virtual Pajama Party on April 18th and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Chris Buescher and his pit crew got into the act, coming out to the racetrack and changing tires in their PJs to help raise awareness for the Casey Cares Foundation. Casey Cares has provided tens of thousands of new pairs of pajamas to critically ill children who are being treated at more than 100 hospitals throughout the country.

Providing pajamas for critically ill kids is just one of the many programs Casey Cares provides throughout the year. In 2015, we provided 1 activity every 56 minutes and since 2000, have engaged 90,000 program participants – taking families to sporting events, concerts and tourist attractions in addition to providing much-needed support.

Individuals, schools, organizations and businesses have joined in the fun and have offered to show their support on social media today by posting photos and videos to raise awareness for #CaseyCares and our programs. They are wearing PJs in honor of National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day. Some groups are collecting new pairs of pajamas to give to Casey Cares as well.

The pit crew for Chris Buescher’s race team went the extra distance for our kids by filming a video of themselves changing tires in their pajamas.

“We are so excited to team up with Ford Performance to help us raise awareness for our Casey Cares pajama program,” said Casey Cares founder and executive director Casey Baynes. “We love seeing the NASCAR guys going all in on this with their PJs! Our kids and their families are going through such difficult times with rigorous medical treatments and for them having Front Row Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing supporting them is such a huge boost for their spirits.”

“Seeing pit stops in pajamas is really cool, and they actually did it in about the same time as when they’re wearing the regular fire suit – even with the capes,” said Rodney Fetters pit crew coach for Roush Fenway Racing. “When I saw these guys doing pit stops in pajamas I really thought it was something special.  I’m glad we were chosen to do this for Casey Cares because it’s a worthy cause and was a lot of fun.  That’s what means the most to all of us.”

“I never heard of National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day,” Fetters added. “But we had so much fun doing it, I really hope we can celebrate it every year!”

Casey Cares will ship some of the pajamas collected through this drive on behalf of Roush Fenway Racing to the VCU Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, where the NASCAR Sprint Cup series will stop April 24, 2016.