Women and kids wrapped in scarves and jackets worked to stave off the chilly morning at the track.
Pink gear abounded as 30 breast cancer survivors and members of their families gathered in mid-October at Concord Speedway in South Concord, NC, waiting for a chance to hop into a Ford Fusion on the track. They weren't going for speed, but rather fuel-mileage efficiency on the half-mile banked track.
But that didn't matter. For while getting into the car was exciting, this morning was as much about camaraderie and raising awareness as anything else.
Legions of NASCAR fans are loyal to Ford, which hosted the event, and to Trevor Bayne, who would guide these women through the nuances of controlling the car on the track.
But it was hard to escape the fact that the true heroes were swathed in pink.
"It's pretty special," Bayne, who offered advice on handling the banking after winning a fuel-efficiency challenge among Ford's NASCAR drivers, said about the even...