Lagana, NTB Service Central dragster team to campaign pink theme at Maple Grove
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
NTB/Service Central Racing driver Dom Lagana and the Paul Richards Racing team have already arrived at Maple Grove Raceway, a facility that holds many memories for the enthusiastic group of second-generation drag racers, and they are setting up shop with the intent of closing their 2012 season on a very positive note.
For the Lagana and Richards families, the event will take on even more meaning as they campaign the NTB/Service Central Top Fuel dragster with a special pink theme to promote breast cancer awareness and raise funds through a partnership with Liquid EyePro (www.liquidpolarized.com). For each pair of pink Player or Gasket-style sunglasses purchased with code TZPK, Liquid EyePro will donate a portion of sales to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Lagana and the team will also donate a portion of any race winnings netted at Maple Grove Raceway this weekend.
"Oh man, the NTB/Service Central car looks awesome, and we can't wait for everyone to see it," said Lagana, who will drive, with brother Bobby Jr. leading the tuning charge. "We're always excited to get out there and race, but this weekend is going to really mean a lot to us. We all believe in this cause. Our mom, Marie Theresa Lagana, passed away Dec. 14, 2000, from leukemia, and for Paul Richards and his brother Dave, this is a real special deal too because their mom, Peggy, is a two-time breast cancer survivor who has been cancer-free for almost 10 years. To be able to come out there with the support of Service Central and raise awareness like this just gets us that much more pumped up to do well."
The event at Maple Grove Raceway will be the seventh and final outing of the season for the Lagana and Richards families with Service Central backing, and they will be surrounded by longtime supporters at a racetrack that was more like a playground for them growing up because patriarchs Bobby Lagana Sr. and Gary Richards competed there regularly.
"Maple Grove is a second home for all of us – me and Bobby, Paul and Dave – and we all have a long history at this track and lots of memories," said the Scarsdale, N.Y.-based driver. "We'll have a lot of old friends and family around, and our dad and Paul and Dave's parents, Gary and Peggy, they'll all be there. It should be really cool.
"We've had a tough season this year, and this weekend will give us a chance to close it out on a high note, perform well, and show our worth. We're excited, and we're grateful to Service Central for the opportunity."