All three organizations will be featured on Larson’s No. 5 Chevrolet in the iRacing Series and Larson funds the “Drive for 5 Campaign” through his on-track performance. He’s pledged $5 for every lap completed this season and $5,000 for each top-five finish. Through the first five races of the NASCAR season, Larson has committed $22,205 via three top-fives and 1,441 laps.
“I’m hoping to raise $500,000,” Larson told The Associated Press. “I’ve got a long ways to go but I’m glad that I’ve gotten it started and that I’m able to showcase the organizations I’ve joined to help make a difference.”
The three organizations earmarked by Larson’s foundation aren’t random. All three played an integral role in the work he did on educating and improving himself during a NASCAR suspension that lasted all but the first four races of the 2020 season.
“I wanted to start a foundation for some time, I just didn’t really ever know exactly what I wanted it to be about,” he said. “I wanted it to be around kids, but I just needed something that was really close to me and personal to me, especially the things I went through last year.”
One of the first people Larson reached out to after he’d been suspended was retired soccer star Tony Sanneh, whose foundation works on youth development and empowerment in the Minneapolis area. Larson went to visit Sanneh and volunteered at the foundation in the weeks before the city — and the nation — were rocked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in May.
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