David Ragan, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver of the UPS Ford for the Roush Fenway Racing Team, just may be that person.
On Saturday, July 23, David competed in a dirt track race at 441 Speedway in Dublin, GA. to raise money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children and for the NephCure Foundation: Charities close to David’s heart.
Thousands of people from Central Georgia came out to watch the race and to get a chance to meet David in person. A track official stated, “This is a record crowd: I have never seen this many people here.”
We were able to speak with David to find out what “Living the Dream” means to him and to learn about his rise to success and fame.
David was raised in Unadilla, Georgia, a small town with a population of 3,200. “It doesn’t even have a red light or McDonalds.” David said during our interview.
He later says “My father was involved in racing so at the age of 12 we started racing at some of the local tracks around the Southeast. Racing legends cars and later progressed my way up to the Sprint Cup Series. My parents still live in Georgia, so I still call it home.
At the young age of 25, David has achieved a lot of success in his racing career. David started racing in the Bandolero Series at age 12 and by his second year of racing competitively, won 12 races and the National Championship. Shortly after, David started racing for Mark Martin in the Legends Pro-Division. As soon as David turned 18, he started racing in NASCAR. The rest is history.
David recently won the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona and is currently 13th in the point’s race, however he is still finding time to give back during his off weeks from racing. David says “We do work with the NephCure Foundation and the Shriners Childrens Hospital so we decided to come to this race track to promote those two charities.” 441 Speedway is donating part of the proceeds for this event to these organizations.
Bobby Simmons, Board of Trustees for the Shriners Childrens Hospital says “We are very proud of David Ragan. David was born to be a winner. He wins races and helps make the world better by helping crippled burned children feel better. We greatly appreciate him.”
So what does “Living the Dream” mean to David?
“I’m living the dream by being able to do what I love to do. It’s neat to get to come back and give back to the local community and support a lot of the friends and family that support me.”
Watch David’s interview along with highlights from this event’s race.
For me personally, it was another great day finding out what “Living the Dream” means around the world. Dublin, GA was host to some great racing and gave us the opportunity to meet some modern day heroes. That’s “Living the Dream” to me!
To inspire people to live out their dreams while making dreams possible for impoverished people around the world.”