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Car Honoring NASCAR’S First Licensed Artist To Be Unveiled

May 21, 2019 08:44AM ● By Kristy Huddle

On Saturday, May 25, LifeShare Carolinas will proudly sponsor Joey Gase as he drives the #35 LifeShare Carolinas care in the Alsco 300. The car will bear the name and photo of Sam Bass, who was the first licensed artist for NASCAR. Bass needed a lifesaving kidney transplant, and sadly, did not get one in time.  

During the unveiling event, Sam’s family will be given the chance to place their handprints on the car in paint and write personal messages to him. The public is invited to the event to meet Joey and get his autograph, learn about organ, eye, and tissue donation, have the chance to put their personal stamp on the car, view Sam’s artwork, and classic cars. 

Sam’s wife, Denise, says, “I'm very appreciative to Joey Gase for honoring Sam's memory in such a special way. Joey and I share a common bond related to organ donation; and we are fortunate to have his sponsor LifeShare Carolinas provide the platform for our efforts to raise awareness about this critical need of thousands suffering serious illness, possibly someone close to you. Sam would be very proud to know his legacy is being carried on to help others.”

WHAT: LifeShare Carolinas Unveils Car in Honor of NASCAR Artist Sam Bass 

WHEN: Tuesday, May 21  

            4:30 p.m. - Sam’s family places their handprints on the car

            5-7 p.m. – Event open to the public

WHERE: Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 10099 Weddington Road Ext.

             Suite 102, Concord, NC 28027

EVENT SPEAKERS: Representative of Sam Bass’ Family

           Joey Gase, NASCAR Driver & Son of Organ and Tissue Donor 

                    Representative from LifeShare Carolinas

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