A little more than two weeks before they hit the road for Darlington Raceway, two of Stewart-Haas Racing’s transporters put in some practice runs of sorts to help out during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The trucks transported 2 million face masks to fellow North Carolina business Novant Health to replenish “its supplies and ensuring its frontline team members are protected,” according to a team media release.
The 53-foot haulers were repurposed from normally transporting race cars around the country to deliver much needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Novant Health’s logistics center, located next to SHR’s headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina.
“We’ve always had a good, neighborly rapport with Novant Health, and when they asked if we could help pick up some PPE supplies, we immediately said yes,” said SHR vice president of sales and marketing Mike Verlander. “Credit to our truck drivers, Rick Hodges and Steve Mitchell, for making the overnight trip and picking up this needed equipment.
“We’ve all been practicing social distancing and adhering to stay-at-home orders, but to be able to go a step further and contribute to what Novant Health is doing to combat this virus – that’s something we take a lot of pride in and we’ll do again without hesitation.”
Stated Novant Health vice president Mark Welch in the press release: “If you want something done quickly and efficiently, partner with a NASCAR team. Stewart-Haas Racing stepped up in a big way. They took hold of a complex logistical situation and delivered life-saving equipment to Novant Health. The masks they delivered will ensure our supply of this critical necessity is replenished.”